Any impartial observer who has watched and heard this Heat-Bulls playoff series would have to agree that the behavior of the underdogs suggests that Chicago’s famous nickname should be tweaked just a tad.
Used to be the Windy City.
Make it the Whiny City.
I mean, c’mon, Chicago. This is Bull. We can all appreciate the frustration, trying to beat the champion Heat with your best player, Derrick Rose, sitting in a suit, stuck halfway between cautious and scared, declining to play even though he has been medically cleared to do so. (I’d call him a wimp, but that might be mean.) Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich also are out injured. It almost doesn’t seem fair, “almost” being the key word there.
“If I had a heart, I’d feel sorry for them,” as Chris Bosh rightly put it.
Trouble is, instead of playing the hand dealt them with a measure of class or grace, the Bulls have been an embarrassment with a thuggery that has included three player ejections and too many technical fouls to count over the past two games. Nazr Mohammed’s flagrant shove of LeBron James on Friday night was as blatant a dirty play as you’ll see.
Meantime, Joakim Noah continues to lead the league in complaining and making his lemon-bite face. You know those TV ads with “almost as annoying as ”? They should make a new one with the punch line, “Almost as annoying as Joakim Noah’s samurai hair bun.”
Now Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau chimes in. He accuses James of a “flop” on that hard push by Mohammed. He also all but implied the NBA and its referees are scheming to have Miami win by saying after Friday’s loss, “We’re not going to get calls, that’s reality.”
Chicago: The Whiny City.
Bulls, in the now-immortal words of Pat Riley, “Shut the [bleep] up!”
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And in international soccer, Barcelona did not play Saturday. Lionel Messi was held to two goals.Parting thought: