The NBA is on hiatus today while folks across the country—fans, players, coaches, executives and everyone in between—gather with their families to guzzle eggnog, wear ugly sweaters and feel embarrassed by their family friends and relatives all over again, just a month after Thanksgiving.
Or not. To be honest, I don’t really know. My family was always more into Hanukkah (because, you know, we’re Jewish and whatnot), so my experience with Christmas Eve celebrations is somewhat limited.
I do recall the caroling caravan that routinely paraded around my old neighborhood when I was a kid. I couldn’t help but wonder what all these people were doing dressed in red hats, passing out stale cookies and miming along to the cheery songs being blasted from the slow-moving truck at their side.
Okay, so maybe I wasn’t quite that oblivious to the reasons for the season. Just because my family preferred latkes and menorahs to ham and pine trees doesn’t mean I wasn’t aware of what was going on. I had (some) Christian friends.
But, once again, I digress. The point is, it’s been a quiet day all around, especially in the basketball world. It’s just too bad that this year’s Christmas Day lineup has devolved into a series of duds.
Not that this reality will stop me from watching games all day—or that it should stop you from tuning in, either.
But before I get too wrapped up in tomorrow’s goings-on, and before all of you dig into your Christmas Eve feasts, let’s see how I’m faring against Grant Rindner’s Ames Black Falcons:
The Derrick Rosie O’Donnells
Ames Black Falcons
I won’t go so far as to say that I’m intimidated by Grant’s team, though the fact that he was able to rush out to such a sizable lead in the scoring column—thanks to Arron Afflalo, Al Jefferson and Nick Young, and without Damian Lillard chiming in—kind of scares me.
Thankfully, points only comprise one category of record. My D-RODs have solid starts in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and assists, with undaunting deficits in blocks, steals, rebounds and three pointers to overcome.
I’ll clue everyone into the Christmas Day lineups tomorrow morning—another gift to unwrap, if you will.
In the meantime, enjoy the holiday!