June 9, 2012: A Night Many Sports Fans Will Long Remember
NHL Finals, NBA Eastern Conference Finals, WBO Welterweight Fight
It's a new day and June 9, 2012 has long since passed. But for me, it will forever be a day that will go down in sports infamy.
Personally it will be the day that all of my teams lost. Yes, all in a span of a handful of hours (Team LA KIngs, Team Celtics, Team Pacquiao).
Just when you thought you have the Stanley Cup there for the taking (at home) leading 3-0, now all of a sudden after Saturday night, its 3-2.
NHL: Kings vs Devils
First to go was my NHL Team, the Los Angeles Kings. They lost their Game 5 Stanley Cup Finals game to the backs-against-the-walls New Jersey Devils. Indeed it was another heart-breaker much like game four.
Then an hour later, the winningest NBA team, the Boston Celtics lost Game 7 of their winner-take-all Eastern Conference Finals to the resurging Miami Heat. This was a real win-or-go home.
Again another heart-breaker of a game as early on the Celtics seemed to have found a way to stop the one-man wrecking crew we know as LeBron James. But of course they forgot about the two other players that make up Heat's Big Three -- Bosh and Wade who finished the Celtics off and earn the right to face-off with the newly crowned Western Conference Champs, the OKC Thunder.
NBA: LeBron vs Pierce
Okay, I'm not really a Boston Celtic Fan and even though I do like Dwyane Wade, for this game, I was rooting for Rondo, Allen, Garnett and Bass. Yes, I didn't say Paul Pierce. So, so long Celtics and join the Clippers, the Lakers and the Spurs.
But the clincher of the night came, about another hour later. I guess Manny Pacquiao was also watching the Boston-Miami game and so they have to figure out a way to delay his WBO World Boxing Championship fight with undefeated Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley.
And if you did get the pay-for-view and saw the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, or if you have watched or read the news about it, and you are at least a casual fight fan, then you would have also scratched your head and said "That's most probably the last nail on boxing's coffin.
And indeed if you go around all the boxing forums online, there is only one theme, many people have finally given up on boxing. I guess this is the perfect time for the UFC and mixed-martial arts to step up and take center stage.
For surely, certain people (judges, referee, promoter, others) have made sure that they have sealed shut the lid on boxing and buried it six feet below the ground that fateful night of June 9, 2012.
Tennis: French Open
The only three saving graces that I have that night was that earlier on, Maria Sharapova defeated Sara Errani at Roland Garros with former champion Monica Seles giving out the trophies.
Maria thus becomes the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam -- winning Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and now finally the French Open, yes finally.
Second, is that Manny Pacquiao who most everyone on the MGM Grand thought was robbed of a victory was still the humble and soft-spoken person most people know him to be.
In his post-fight interview the most-loved Filipino fighter said "I accept what the result is. I respect the judges. I cannot blame them. It is a part of the game. I give thanks to the Lord. I do (sic) my best but my best wasn't good enough.", in his halting English.
And with that, no one can argue that he sure isn't a real class act and a tough act to follow.
Third, is that if you really believe that there is a God, then that's all we can really do. Do our best and leave everything else to an all-knowing and all-powerful Creator.
So tonight, let's sleep tight and even when we just got over our worse day ever, we should tell ourselves that tomorrow is another completely new day, the sun will go up and let us hope for the best.