Friday, May 30, 2008

Good evening. I'm Ron Burgundy and here's what happening in your world tonight.

The Mighty Lakers vs. The Celtics in the NBA Finals

I'm sure it won't be the same the second time around, but we can always hope, can't we?

For the Lakers, this is their 29th trip to the finals, their 1st since 2004. For the Celtics this is their 20th trip to the finals, their 1st since 1987, when they were beat by Lakers.

The Lakers are 12-3 in the playoffs, while the Celtics are 12-8.

Keep an eye out for some great stuff on ESPN Classic the next few weeks as they try to revive one of the greatest rivalries of all time.

Hey, remember the 80s?

Check out the Top 10 moments in Celtics-Lakers postseason history. (with video clips)

Vote: Celtics vs. Lakers

Look out, Boston, Kobe's on a mission. He'd like to be the 2nd player ever to win the MVP, Finals MVP, and a gold medal all in the same year. You can probably guess the 1st to have done so.

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At 31 May, 2008 07:42, Blogger Reepicheep said...

The NBA playoffs have been going on?

At 31 May, 2008 12:42, Blogger Lance said...

I remember the early 80's, in the infancy of Bird-Magic.

The NBA was so spare that the weeknight finals games were tape-delayed and aired after the 10:00 news.

Celtics-Lakers was a major part of the turnaround.

I hope the networks go crazy reminiscing about the great games and great players from those 80's teams.

Magic and Bird led the way, but they were surrounded by a cast of thousands.

At 31 May, 2008 13:28, Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...

This is exciting. I remember watching in 1987. What a match up!

At 31 May, 2008 16:03, Blogger mi familia said...

Though it will be the Celtics vs. the Lakers, it will not be The Celtics vs. The Lakers.

At 31 May, 2008 18:32, Blogger GUNNY said...

"The Mighty Lakers vs. The Celtics in the NBA Finals"

Though grammatically not correct to capitalize "the" for the Celtics in that first instance, I did it anyway.

As we all know, Celtics fans are very sensitive people and prone to tenderness. I didn't want them all whining that they weren't getting any love or respect.

Lance is quite right. Nobody cared about the NBA and folks started licking their chops when they saw the match up for the 1979 NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State vs. Indiana State (aka Magic vs. Bird).

That game put the NBA back on the map since both players were entering the NBA the following season.

Of course, we all know of Magic's greatness his rookie season, even though Bird actually won Rookie of the Year.

C'mon, Reepicheep! You know the NBA playoffs started as soon as the Stars decided they didn't want to be in the playoffs anymore.

At 01 June, 2008 00:04, Blogger Reepicheep said...

Well dang..what do you know? I am glad the old bun-huggin shorts are out these days. E-gats.

At 01 June, 2008 00:13, Blogger GUNNY said...

I don't know about that, brother.

I heard through the grapevine that you were a big proponent of making the "John Stocktons" required uniform for RPC United!

I'm glad cooler heads prevailed. Remember, not everybody has the legs to make those work.


At 01 June, 2008 22:42, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

What's wrong with your shirt?

At 02 June, 2008 16:22, Blogger Oilcan said...

Hmmm . . . Ron Burgundy

Seeing this final championship match-up develop has revealed to me that I still suffer from Lakers-Celtics fatigue.

I must admit that I softened a bit in my anti-Laker passion and actually rooted for the Lakers during one championship series with Phil Jackson and Shaq leading the Lakers, but was then rewarded with a Laker loss and first time loss by Jackson in the finals - Go Bulls!

Sorry Gunny, but I won't root for them again, even against the sorry Celtics, whom I also hate and further loathe the concept that the liberally corrupt Boston area one again has a championship series to enjoy.

As it is, my only true fond Laker memory was provided to me by Fletch.

Bitter in Dallas,


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