Unlike many of my readers, I am not a classy person. For example, what I would really like to do is to eat all of my meals at the Hometown Buffet. I like the food, and you can spend almost an entire day there, just sitting and eating. What a wonderful world! I do not have to tell any of you what problems that would cause.
This coming weekend presents sports fans with the same dilemma. The NFL, NBA, College Bowl games, and the regular college basketball games will all be on television. Is this paradise, or what? So, how does one navigate the sports riches, and still maintain good relationships with employers, employees, family members and friends? Most fans have one or two games that they absolutely "must see". They would postpone getting a heart transplant in order to do so. If you are not a real fan, that approach to life and living may not make sense to you.
Take a look at some of the Goodies that are competing with Santa and the Dropping Ball. For openers, LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be visiting the Lakers at Staples Center on Christmas Day. In the summer, when this game was scheduled, it seemed like a great idea. James and Wade against Bryant and Gasol. This was a match made in heaven. Fans would be lined up for days in order to get tickets, and the television ratings would go right through the roof.
However, both Bryant and Gasol are injured, and there are rumors that the Red Cross will ask that the game be postponed for humanitarian purposes. Not to worry though, since we still have the league-leading Clippers, UCLA and USC to entertain us. After all these years, I still have trouble writing about the League Leading Clippers. But the truth is that they now own the city. They have happily accepted the challenge of not allowing Southern California to become the laughing stock of the nation. Doc Rivers is in the process of creating a real monster. They will go deep into the playoffs, but they will not win a title this year.
Meanwhile, back in the NFL we will be able to watch Russell Wilson quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, while Cam Newton does the same for the Carolina Panthers, and Colin Kapernick does his thing for the 49ers. Will we be able to process all of this? Holy Home Buffet!
The Howard University basketball team will play the Trojans at Galen Center on Sunday. My ties with that university are actually stronger than the ones that I have with USC. One of my aunts, a distinguished educator taught there many years ago. My little brother, let me make that younger, attended Howard and met his future wife there. Their son graduated from Howard and later graduated from the USC School of Law. He is now a distinguished attorney in New York.
At this point, most of the HBCU's cannot compete with the major universities. So, I do not expect them to win. However, in the not-too-distant future, I expect that one of them will come up with a powerful team that will win all of our hearts. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to all of you!