There’s no crying in baseball (or basketball)

It had been a long week. Yes indeedy, a really long week. I had one of those big old end of the fiscal year reports due at work. The spreadsheets and analyses and assessments made my head spin.

So by Friday night, I was good and ready for a much-needed, and well-deserved break to catch a replay of the second half of the Bulls’ historic victory over the Miami Heat on March 27, 2013 (happy birthday eve to me).

In my last blog, I had to confess I had stooped to a new low (or is it a new high?) when I found myself watching Las Vegas Summer League on a Saturday night.

Now, I have to confess that I cried watching that streak-busting game. Yes, cried.

It’s a well-known fact, as per Tom Hanks, playing Coach Jimmy Dugan in the movie A League of Their Own – THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL.

I’ll go ahead and make a big leap and assume that there’s likewise NO CRYING IN BASKETBALL.

But after my rough week, and suffering from withdrawal without my steady diet of 3-4 Bulls games/week, topped off with the unprecedented performance our Bulls put together to defeat the evil Heat. Well, I just couldn’t help it.

I cried. Mostly tears of joy.

But I believe I also cried because I saw Luol as we all know and love him. Our Lu. All-Star Lu. Not the Luol who ended up with the virus, tweeting the “evidence photos” from the hospital to prove to the nay-sayers (Charles Barkley) that he honestly truly couldn’t physically play in Game 6 of the playoff series against the Nets.

But enough of those sad tears. We are all going to be crying some big tears of joy when DRose steps back on that court in the fall. And the rest of the pieces are falling into place.

We’ve got the Dunleavy pickup and re-signing of Big Naz.

Jo is “resting” on his worldwide tour, and the last thing he’d ever do is play in any kind of exhibition or charity soccer games. Nope. None of that. He’s resting.

We’ve got the rookies, Captain Kirk is working out, Jimmy Butler is practicing, Boozer is getting all fit and trim.

Given how pathetic both Chicago baseball teams are this year, it seems like there should be lots of crying in baseball.

But for Bulls fans, we have the hope that is the 2013-2014 season. The return.

And for anyone who wants to re-live the Bulls’ triple OT win vs. the Nets (thank you Nate the Great, and good luck in Denver. You will be missed) – NBA – TV is playing it, yikes, yowza, past our bedtimes – at 9 p.m. EDT this Thursday, August 1.

Might need to be a real rule-breaker and stay up past my bedtime on a school night.

As always,

See Red and Go Bulls!


Confessions of a Bulls basketball addict

You know you’re addicted to Chicago Bulls basketball when you’re watching the NBA Summer League.

I’ll admit it, I’m waiting for the Bulls vs. Trail Blazers game to start. And although I didn’t tag myself on Saturday night with a check-in – at “my couch,” since we’re all friends here, I’ll also confess, I was at home watching the Bulls defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.

The rookie, now second-year backup point guard Marquis Teague is the floor general, and he’s holding his own, and looks like he’s been working out almost as much as me. He appears très buff.

And Goudelock, who joined the Bulls’ Summer League team from the Lakers lit it up with 26 points in that game, and set some kind of new Summer League record during the Nuggets game last night (9:30 p.m. CDT tip, past my bedtime) – 31 points. I think it was some kind of record.

But this I know for sure, as they just showed a graphic on the pre-game show – Malcolm Thomas, who was with the Bulls this past season (but played almost about as much as me) – he set a Summer League record with 22 rebounds.

In other star sightings, Coach Thibs isn’t coaching the Summer League team, he assigned one of his assistants, Adrian Griffin. But Thibs is in the stands, and the other night, did about a 10-minute interview with the play-by-play guy and I guess what’s called the color commentator – Rick Fox. Thibs smiled – I think. So does that count for this past season or the new season?

Here’s what’s most important: Thibs says he can’t wait for the new season to start.

Carlos Boozer was also in the house for the Grizzlies game on Saturday to cheer on his bro (literally) Charles, who is on the Bulls’ Summer League team, but not sure he’s made his debut yet. K.C. Johnson from the Chicago Tribune, who is in Vegas at the Summer League reports that Booz has slimmed down. Evidently, with DRose back, he’s got to be ready to get up and down the court ASAP.

Just got an injury report: Craig Sager spoke to Thibs on the sidelines, and evidently, he’s channeling some of the NHL tactics he picked up when he attended the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions Hawks’ game 1 vs. the Bruins – Malcolm Thomas is out today. “Lower-body injury.”

DRose, on his shoe tour in Europe reports he’s 100% now and ready – even for the pre-season games. And while I might not have enough $$$ in my Bulls ticket fund for the October 12 pre-season game in Rio de Janeiro vs. the Wizards, you know the Bulls’ #1 fan will be at the UC for the return of the soon-to-be-named 2013-2014 MVP.

PS – The Bulls’ two draft picks, Tony Snell and Erik Murphy both look impressive. Evidently, Snell is going to get some personal coaching from Scottie (Pippen).

Halftime injury report – Erik Murphy broke his nose (upper-body injury). Here we go again. I thought the “next man up” theme was a thing of the past.

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