(WTNH) I don’t usually use this space to plug ABC/Channel 8 prime time programming, but I’ll make an exception for tonight and up to six more evenings to come. The NBA Finals are starting, and it’s one of those rare matchups that even non-sports fans will be checking out: The Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, or more to the point: Stephen Curry versus Lebron James, current co-holders of the title Best Basketball Player On The Planet. I know I wouldn’t miss it.
Except that I will miss it, because I get up at 2:30 AM and the games start at 9 PM. So I’ll be benched as a viewer, at least on weeknights. There are sports fans who would go without sleep to see this once-in-a-generation matchup. But I am not one of those sports fans. I’ve thought of recording the game and then going on a news blackout until I can watch , but being a news anchor that’s probably not doable. Nor is sticking my fingers in my ears and going LA-LA-LA while someone else reads the story.
So it’ll be highlights for me, and that’s fine. I actually wish more of life could be condensed the way sports highlights are: dentist appointments, church services. It would be like your life was on DVR, and you could fast-forward through the commercials or the boring parts. Or the parts that made you sad.
Where was I? Ah, yes..Lebron James. Funny story: years ago when my twin boys were maybe five-years-old, I went out to get them some sports posters to put on their bedroom walls. One of my purchases was a Lebron James poster when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers the first time around. We took the poster down not long after he began his four-year run with the Miami Heat, but we kept it. Now he’s back with the Cavaliers, and the poster has been reactivated!
That wasn’t as funny a story as I’d thought. But how about Stephen Curry? Some say he’s the best pure shooter in NBA history. I look forward to the highlights of the finals to see if that’s really true. I’ll probably think it is true, because highlights only show the good things, so in my world, Stephen Curry will be shooting 100%.
But you…you don’t have to get up at 2:30am, so you should watch the entire games. On Channel 8. Starting tonight.