I don’t really follow the NBA, but I like this comment:
I think the NBA is so important to Christmas that what we really need to do is increase from five games to 10, and we need to start them at midnight on what would have been Christmas Eve and play them all through the day so there’s not a minute of Christmas Day where there’s not an NBA game on TV. Because, it’s great.
The NBA is Christmas, to me, anyway. It’s what it’s all about.
I guess Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy drew the attention of the frowny faces in league management for being too whiny about playing on Christmas Day last year. But I like the man’s approach to sarcasm. He’ll probably get fined again, but as for the blogosphere, he would fit right in.
The NBA and other sports leagues can’t fine me, so I’ll just come out and say it: I think a Christmas break of a few days would be good for even professional sports. Send the athletes home. Let them cultivate family time. Give some teams off from the 22nd to the 25th. Others the 24th through the 27th. Send a message, that is, if you really believe the malarkey about player health, family friendliness, and all. Because, really: sports is not what Christmas is all about. Not even hockey.