Saturday, October 3, 2015

Are you really a Basketball fan??

Decided to delete an old blog started almost 8 years ago. Instead of deleting all posts, I will post many that were needed at different points of my life. Enjoy! 

  Originally posted June 16, 2010

Being that I am passionate for the game of basketball, NBA, the Boston Celtics, and the Dallas Mavericks, I feel the need to get something off of my chest that has been bothering me. At the ripe old age of 3 I fell in love with the NBA. Yes, in 1993-1994 I became enthralled with the skills of such players as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Johnson, Penny Hardaway, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, the list can go on for awhile. This passion came from the fact that every family get together I partook in growing up involved family members watching whatever big sporting event that was being televised. I was immediately taught the basics by my grandfather, which eventually became the bond I had with him. Considering, I chose sports, music, and pop culture over drugs and sex to alleviate boredom growing up, my knowledge and passion grew over the years. Now that you know where my passion stems from, I am going to get to the goods. I have been a fan of the Boston Celtics, and Dallas Mavericks for years (even though I am from Arizona). I am in love with GAME of basketball, I find the art of TEAMWORK sexy when watching; which is where my love/hate of specific players has come from. The business aspect of teams and the NBA in general is also fascinating to me, so even though I might not like a team or player, I ALWAYS take fairness into account. Knowing all of this, I have known for years that Donnie Wahlberg is a SUPERFAN of the Boston Celtics, and I miss him sitting with Penny Marshall at the Lakers games in Celtics green as she wore Lakers colors. Yes, the celebrity spot shot has become a staple of televising NBA games, especially during the playoffs. If you are watching a Laker game, then expect celebrities to be shown before halftime after a commercial or just before the fourth quarter after a commercial. My point of this blog...the recent reunion of New Kids on the Block, us Blockheads know Mr. Wahlberg's, Mr. Wood's, and Mr. McIntyre's allegiance to their hometown team the Boston Celtics. This is great, but when Blockheads feel the need to follow a sport or team based on the members of their favorite group, I feel the reverting back to childhood has gone too far. The old saying, "If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?" comes to mind, along with the visual of sheep following their fearless leaders to a destination. What happened to that individuality people claim to have as adults? If you weren't a fan before, why change now to validate yourself for Mr. Wahlberg, then go back to your normal non-allegiance when he doesn't mention it? To me this is pathetic. However, there are those who have liked basketball in the past, and Mr. Wahlberg's passion along with others has re-sparked theirs, and that is awesome. I also embrace those who have had their interest in basketball sparked, and are willing to learn. I just want the bullshit to know the FAKE allegiance to a team you don't go out of your way to follow when not televised or during the off-season or when members of THE BLOCK don't express their passion. Are you really a basketball fan?

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