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The Western Conf. Finals; My Take – By M

I know that you many of you who read our family blog are probably not as into sports -namely pro basketball- as I am.  But after reading page, after page, after article, after article, after blog… I thought it was my turn to break down the NBA Western Conference Finals between the OKC Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs.  (Just a fair warning: if you don’t care about the NBA then feel free to back out of reading this post now)   🙂

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This WCF (Western Conference Final) is going to be one for the ages.  We have the 1 and 2 seeds from the West facing off!   Not only that, they are both small market teams that have made their way to NBA Dominance: The Spurs for the past Decade, the Thunder for the past couple of seasons – so we have this match up of the old guard and the new guard (guaranteed, no matter if the Thunder lose this series, they will be around making some noise for seasons to come).  We also have the original “Big 3” in Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker vs. one of the newest “Big 3’s” in the league in Durant, Westbrook, and Harden.  So as stated above, this match up is going to be one that will definitely go down in the annals of Basketball history.

The Spurs:

There is a lot of talk about the Spurs, and their current Historical 18 game winning streak.  My heart pounds just thinking about the reality that we haven’t lost in nearly a month and a half!  That is ridiculous!  However, every run comes to end and I know that the Thunder will end that streak – I’m just praying it’s not until game 3 in OKC.

Alongside that (and probably the biggest contributor to it), the Spurs, by far, have the deepest team in the league.  To think that our end of the bench, trash time point guard is an Olympic Athlete (for Australia… but STILL) that’s saying something.   To know that basically any guy on our bench could/would be starting on just about any other team in the league is unbelievable!  One of our biggest strengths is that any one -out of 10- players could go off on any given night is awesome.  It seems like we’ve always had someone to pick up the slack of someone else.  Whether its’ Green and Leonard (a rookie nonetheless) dropping 18 or Diaw hitting a crucial 3, or Tiago bringing a well timed pick-and-roll slam dunk, or Ginobili doing what he does, we always have someone there to give us a lift.

Another argument is our playoff history and veteran leadership.

’nuff said…. but I’ll go ahead and mention that we are the most winning team in all 4 major American team sports this decade.

Lastly, we have once again proved our dominance again in rounds 1 and 2 against the Jazz and Clippers.  We smothered a team that they said was “Too Big”, and out ran a team that they said was “Too Athletic”.

I’ve seen lots of Spurs teams (I probably remember a good 19-20 of them -especially all the Duncan era teams) and I can tell that this Spurs Team is Special!

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The Thunder:

The Thunder have been incredible these past 2-3 seasons.  They move cities, have the worst season ever, and comeback full-force heading into the playoffs 3 seasons straight.  Not only that but are in a back-to-back opportunity to win the West.  I have got to give my props there for sure!  Incredible!

The Fans: I usually don’t worry about the Spurs when it comes to homecourt advantage.  We typically do well away from home (i.e. closeout games in LA and, one of the most notorious home crowds, SLC, Utah).  However, the OKC fans are nuts.  I noticed this at my first Thunder/Spurs game back when OKC was still terrible.  They were down by 18 and it still sounded like it was a playoff game.  The Thunder actually managed to rallyback and win that game and by the end of the night, I think my ears rang for a week.  I see it this way: Take a bunch of raucous white folk who are used to cheering on their favorite college football team in a stadium and put a lid on that stadium… These people are used to screaming outdoors, not inside.  I don’t think they know how to bring it down to there inside voices… and that is awesome… frankly, makes me a tad jealous.  Glad we have earned the homecourt this round.

The Youth: Although the Spurs have gotten loads younger this year, with an average age around 27 or something like that, I want to say, we’re not nearly as old as everyone writes us off as.  However, the rub lies in the fact that our big 3 are now all into their 30s where as OKC’s big three are hovering around 25 yrs old. Other than fisher being older than dirt (yes he is older than Timmy D), the rest of the Thunder support cast is young and hungry.  Edge to the Thunder

Riding high:  They swept the “Reigning Champ”* Dallas Mavericks (*More on the asterisk later), and although they didn’t sweep LA, they beat them in pretty sound fashion (The Lakers are the champs from the year before the Mavs).  So OKC is feeling good and like they’re chances now that they have some experience against some big guns

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Conclusion:

The Thunder are rolling, and the Spurs are dominating.  Sunday is truly going to be a clash of two NBA Titans, and I fully believe that the winner of this series will go on to be crowned NBA Champs.  I can’t wait to get this started.

I leave with these last few thoughts on the match-ups and my prediction.

As mentioned, the Spurs are on a historical run here.  It won’t last forever, but they have lots of momentum and lots of depth to carry them through.  The Thunder are riding high on their round 1 and 2 victories as well.  However, not to discredit what they’ve done, but to get to my asterisk in the above paragraph, I think annalists are giving a little too much weight to the Thunder in their wins, and taking away from what the Spurs have done in theirs.

I don’t/didn’t see Dallas as the reigning champs this year.  In fact, I rarely see any team as the reigning champs unless they bring back their core and prove themselves.  Dallas lost several key players in the off-season, got off to a rocky start, and never fully recovered.  They struggled to enter the playoffs as the 7th seed that they did, and did not play like champions all year, much less in the playoffs.  I’m not discrediting them, just saying that I think anyone has to admit that this was clearly not the team that won it all in last season.  Secondly, LA was not the LA of old.  Pau showed no dominance like he has in the past.  He was essentially a ghost in the series.  When he’s your #2 guy and the TNT analyst says that Kobe should have never passed him the ball at the end of the game for the winning shot, that’s saying something (and it aint anything good).  No one would ever say that if TP dumped it off to Duncan, Ginobili, or a handful of other Spurs in the same situation.  Artest World Peace was clearly not into the series, and more into himself.  And Bynum was as immature as ever.  This was not a championship team.  There really was no “team” at all.  What the Thunder have done to get this point is nothing less than impressive, but the Spurs will be a completely different animal to beat.

The Spurs have been discredited by some (not by all) in the fact that they took down 2 clearly inferior teams.  The problem with that statement is that most people said that the Jazz were “Too Big/Young” and said that they would take the upset much like the Grizz did last year.  Now that they got swept, the pundits say “they were no good”.  A little flip-flop on the stance if you ask me. It was the same thing in LA.  Before-hand “They’re too athletic/young”.  Now, once again.  “They didn’t stand a chance” “They were the 5th seed” “They were too banged up” “they weren’t ready”.  Flip-flop of opinion again?

I know this has been a long post, but this is one thing that I am passionate about.  I love my Spurs!  On the same note, I try to be as unbiased as I can when I state my opinion… it’s hard… but I try…

I sum all this up to say that the Thunder are good!  Really Good!

…But this year, the Spurs are better!  I kind of feel bad because I think, otherwise, the Thunder had a shot.  I don’t feel bad because I miss that championship feeling, and the Spurs have worked just as hard to get to this point one more time.

I’m calling it – Spurs in 6.

It will be a tough series.  But ultimately I think the Spurs have too much depth.  They are playing good (if not great) team defense again and have way too many options on the offensive end.  I want the “Drive for 5” to stay alive!  Cant Wait for Sunday 7:30pm!!!!  Get here soon!

And, GO SPURS GO!!!!

-What are some of your thoughts?  What do you predict?-

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– M

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1 Reason Why… – By M

There are literally hundreds of reasons why I am so excited to be having a baby this summer!  I’m excited to build memories, go on vacations, play together, joke around, get help in with the yard work (although that won’t be for quite a while), and many many more.

And there are also plenty of reasons why I am so glad to be having a boy!!!  Now, granted, I would have loved to have a girl too.  (Staci and I were just glad to be pregnant, we weren’t gonna be picky!)  And I really do hope to have a girl at some point.  But recently I have been thinking about how fun it will be to have a boy first!

Staci recently bought me the first season of Home Improvement on DVD and I love it!  I literally have been wanting it since I heard it was out years ago.  So Staci bought it for me as a surprise and we’ve gotten through the first few episodes (all of which I remember seeing as a kid), and watching three boys run around the house with a testosterone-over-charged dad has got me thinking about all the fun “boy” memories we’ll make!

So now to my “1 Reason why” I’m excited to be having a boy! (Keep in mind, this is NOT the #1 or top reason, just one of the many)

Many of you know that I am an avid Spurs fan!  I was born with black and silver blood!  well… maybe I wont go that far… but I grew up going to games in the Alamo Dome and eventually the SBC-Now AT&T Center and watching them at home and cheering them on every year!  I still have my foam finger (it’s not as nice in as the one in the link) and signed hat that I’ve had since I was a kid!  I still have my “The Admiral” poster of David Robinson!  My 1999 Championship hat sits in my office atop my bookcase!  Most of all, I had the privilege of attending 2005’s Game 7 of the finals against Detroit and got to experience first hand “We Are The Champions, my Friend!”

And it’s all because of my Dad!  He grew up in San Antonio and has followed the Spurs since they came to town as the ABA’s Chaparrals.  He was a fan before “The Iceman” ruled the floor, and well before the Spurs were 4-time NBA Champs!  And when me, my brother, and my sister grew up in San Antonio, he instilled a love for the best team in the entire NBA!

So here I am on the cusp of Championship run #5!  (I think we have a great chance to get there again this year, I feel it)  And I can’t stop thinking about how much fun it will be to enjoy future seasons cheering on “The Good Guys” with my little boy!  I can’t wait to take him to his first game at the AT&T Center!  For him to witness the magic in person, laugh hysterically at the Coyote (The Spurs’ incredibly awesome mascot), play in the Fan Zone, and enjoy the thrill of Pro Basketball!

It’s going to be a blast!  And it’s one of the biggest reasons I can’t wait for Josiah to be here!

And here’s one to the 2011-2012 Spurs, GO SPURS GO!  Let’s see Championship #5

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– M


Catching Up: Black (and Silver) Friday

Yes, we’re those people…the ones who get up early and head to the stores for crazy Black Friday deals.  Yes, it’s early.  And yes, there are lots of people.  But it’s SOOO worth it!

Last year was my first year to ever do the whole Black Friday thing.  Michael’s family had been doing it for years, and we decided to carry on the tradition in Oklahoma last year.  We found a ton of amazing deals, and decided that we’d be doing it every year we could from then on!  Last year we had a list of lots of things we were looking for, and a big time game plan.  We were at Kohl’s before 4:00 (yes, A.M.) so we could be there when the doors opened.

This year we decided to take it a little easier since all we were looking for were clothes.  So we didn’t get to Old Navy until 5:00 (I know…so late, right?!).  Michael’s mom went with us, and we just took our time shopping around.  Literally everything in the store was on sale. We got some really great deals!

When we left Old Navy, we went to the mall.  We were going to just go to Aeropostale and JC Penny, but we saw that New York & Company was having a 60% off everything sale.  So we went to those three stores, found some amazing deals, and went back to Old Navy for a few more gifts before we went to breakfast.  Richard and Amanda were finally getting started on their shopping when we finished breakfast, so we dropped Michael’s mom off with them and then we stopped in at Bath & Body Works, picked up a pair of ski pants for Michael at Academy, and went back home to relax.

It was 12:00, and we’d already been up for 8 hours.

But we’d saved over $420  so it was WELL WORTH IT!!  I can’t get my brain to figure out the math, but I do know that we saved well over what we spent!

Look at all of our Black Friday goodies!

These pictures aren’t the best quality, but here are a few of our favorite deals of the day:

It was a GREAT day of deals!  And we had lots of fun shopping.  It was fun to have his mom with us this year.

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After we relaxed and watched a movie, it was time to put on some Black and Silver–we were going to a Spurs game!

Michael’s family has been huge Spurs fans forever.  Even though I’m not a die-hard fan (like I was when Michael Jordan played for the Bulls!), I enjoy cheering for the Spurs with Michael.  We’ve been to two Spurs vs. Thunder games in OKC, and we had a GREAT time.  But this was the first time I’ve seen a Spurs game in San Antonio.  And they were playing their biggest rivals: the Mavs!

Michael’s dad had called a while back and asked if we wanted to go the day after Thanksgiving, and of course we said yes!  All 6 of us went together, and we had such a great time!  The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Sarah (Michael’s sister) could have been with us.

We got there in plenty of time to walk around, shop, take some pictures, and even shoot some hoops before the game.

The brothers and soon-to-be sisters-in-law:

Mom and Dad E

All the championship rings!

These guys were making tons of noise and getting everyone all ready for the game:

They even had shooting games set up in the “fan zone”

When it got closer to time for the game to start, we headed over to find our seats while the team warmed up.

Michael’s mom sat with Richard and Amanda above us:

And we sat with his dad on the row below:

We went to get some food during half time and ran into H-E-Buddy

It was a REALLY good game!  The Spurs lost, but it was still a really exciting game.  We had to take our traditional “We won/lost picture”.

We had a great time!  It was so much fun to be there with Michael’s family!!

After the game, we went to Freddy’s Frozen Custard (YUM!) and headed home.

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It had been SUCH a great trip to San Antonio!  I’m so thankful we were able to spend Thanksgiving with Michael’s family this year.

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Do you shop on Black Friday?  Have you ever been to a NBA game?  Who is “your team”?

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–Staci

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