What team has broken your heart? What player has robbed you of your love for a sport? As we creep closer to the day for flowers, candy and all that heartfelt sentiment, my focus on Valentine’s Day takes a look at sports. Everyone has a team or player that has romanced and then dumped him or her at the championship gate.
Who can forget those 2007 and 2012 New England Patriots and their “genius” coach? Was the dynamic duo of Tommy and hoodie your Valentine sweety? Yeah, getting two last minute beat-downs by the Giants on the grandest of football stages isn’t exactly the place to get dumped by your “loved one”….lol…here in Detroit the Lions have broken many a heart of the faithful fan base or has it been the ownership? Peyton Manning broke a few hearts with his non-season in Indy and I’m sure many a Cleveland fan blame Hillis and Colt McCoy for not producing a very lovable season.
And in the NBA were the Knicks and Patrick Ewing your beloved only to have your heart smashed by the Rockets and Hakeem. Oh, we could go on for days…so let’s shall we? What player ripped up your Valentine and smashed the box you had so delicately placed on your school desk? Jordan and his dunks and acrobatics that ran a string of seven championships denying the likes of Barkley, Malone and other NBA greats. How about Larry Bird or maybe John Havlicek? They don’t get much love in Detroit or Philly for denying those hometown hoop teams and their playoff dreams.
How many hearts have the Yankees broken? Let’s see 40 American League Championships and 27 World Series trophies…carry the two and oh…I’d say a gazillion. What player do you love to hate? Does it go back to high school and that one team you just couldn’t beat? Or maybe college when that (expletive deleted) Western Kentucky hilltopper (what is that by the way? Some stupid, round, red thing?) team got the luck of playing in their own Women’s Mideast regional in basketball in 1985.
On Friday night they upset the number one team in the country – the Texas Longhorns. While we (Ole Miss) beat pat head summit and her orange mayhem from tennessee setting up what should have been my…I mean our first trip to the women’s Final Four. But again that (different expletive deleted) hilltopper. With the home crowd fueling a never foreseen adrenaline, my team’s season ended 72-68 – four points from a dream – four measly points. On any other court, my Lady Rebels would have wiped the floor and run those hilltoppers out of the gym. So yes, I loved and still love my team. Head Coach Van Chancellor got close again the next season but was denied by Texas on its home court. I was there too but I had a bond with those Texas girls as they were beaten by the hilltoppers that same fateful weekend and I saw their class in defeat.
Many of these ladies and coaches have Olympic Gold medals and WNBA championship banners in their trophy cases – just no Final Four mention or championship…(another but more colorful expletive deleted here) hilltopper…..
But what team or player has broken your heart? Stole your chocolate heart-shaped candy and stomped on it? Lemme know…just don’t mention those dang hilltoppers…ever!….
Disclosure for grammar freaks: I don’t capitalize things or people I’m showing disrespect to and I use a lot of … because that’s part of my style…if that bothers you then …..
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