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Blogging might well be the 21st century's form of journaling. As a writing teacher, I have always advised my students to keep a daily journal as a way of organizing their thoughts for future writing projects, a discipline I have unfortunately never consistently practiced myself. By blogging, I might finally be able to follow my own good advice.

The difference between journaling and blogging is that the blogger opens his or her writing to the public, something journal- writers are usually reluctant to do. I am not so reticent.

The trick for me will be to avoid cluttering the internet with more blather, something none of us need more of. If I stick to subjects I know: sports and literature, I believe I can avoid that pitfall. I can't promise that I'll not stray from time to time to comment on ancillary subjects, but I will make every attempt to be interesting and perhaps even insightful.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

From Athens to the Warriors

Back from a fabulous vacation to Greece - Athens and the Cyclades, drawing, writing poetry. Couldn't have been better. The only drawback was getting ongoing news about my Dubs. I wasn't that worried. I didn't believe the Blazers or the Jazz were going to be a problem, so I got my Parthenon fix, which included along with the historical sights, some of the best bread I've had since the non Monsanto conspiracy to GMO our wheat started in the USA. Imagine locally baked bread with a real taste. I gained 10 pounds. Well, it was not entirely the fault of the bread. The Greeks have a few tasty brews. Athos was my favorite. If my old beer drinking buddy and nemesis from the NCAA Cal Bear Championship basketball team is reading this, let's order a couple of cases.

Back to the Warriors. Curry and Durant shirts are on sale big time on the streets of Athens. More than the Greek Freak's jerseys, which I found curious and slightly traitorous. I'm surprised there aren't more Greek NBA players as Greek men appear to me to be naturally tall. 

Last night, still exhausted from 30 hours in transit from Athens to San Francisco, I watched the Warriors destroy the Spurs. Luckily the Dubs were so far ahead that I could close my eyes before the game was over, which it was by half time. I woke up this morning reasonably refreshed. It was fun to get back to a US sports page. I particularly enjoyed reading Ron Kroichick in the Chronicle. Great article, but I'd like to amend his ending: "So savor the show. It won't last forever." He was talking about the Warriors, but particularly about how the Warriors' brain trust put the team together, drafting smart, taking trading risks, being patient, finding good coaches and GM's. So, my question to Ron is why does it have to end. The ownership is not going anywhere and as long as they're there, the smarts remain solidly in place.

Yes, the names on the backs of the jerseys will change. Sadly, even Steph Curry will age and retire. New numbers from this team will wind up in the rafters, looking down on new players. Will any future Warrior ever be as good as Curry? In some ways, maybe. There will never be as good a shooter. And perhaps there will never be as versatile a player as Draymond Green. But as long as the ownership stays the same, I have no doubt the Golden State Warriors will continue to field championship teams.

Here's a haiku I wrote in Greece

Curry and Durant
Jerseys for sale in Athens
Below the Parthenon



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Weicome home. Where can I get a#14 jersey?

Paul Alexander said...

I really enjoy your perceptive insights. My name is Paul Alexander and at the request of coach Barney Wolff, I attempted to show you how to throw a discus. It didn't go all that well; however, your basketball career seemed to work out OK!

Keep up the insightful writings

Paul Alexander said...

My email is: ninerusa@yahoo.com

Paul Alexander
Lowell 1956

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