Saturday, December 25, 2010


So I'm watching NBA games on Christmas day, another one of these great holiday traditions.

Each league seems to have its own holiday it claims for its own -- the NFL has Thanksgiving, the CFL has Labour Day, college football has New Year's Day, auto racing has Memorial Day weekend, and the NBA claims Christmas Day. And that's good, because it livens up an otherwise boring day with nothing to do.

I noticed that LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson was moaning earlier in the week about having to play games on Christmas day. Says it should be a time for them to be home with their families.

Well, all I have to say is that playing on Christmas day is a PRIVILEGE in the NBA. It's the one day of the year that the NBA can showcase its sport to the world free of any competition! Besides, Phil, you should want the Lakers to be playing on Christmas day in a marquee matchup. If they aren't, it means one thing -- that they are a team not worthy of television time. There's a reason why it's the Lakers and not the Clippers that are on TV on Christmas Day, it's because the Lakers are GOOD. If they were stinking up the joint every night for years on end, believe me, the players would definitely be stuck at home on Christmas day with their families. And they'd be spending that home time having to answer questions from their loved ones about how bad their team is and worrying about whether or not they'll be traded to another city.

So if I were Phil Jackson, I'd quit whining about playing Christmas basketball games, because the alternative is no good, either.

That's it. Merry Christmas, Phil, and everyone else!

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