The Biggest Vote of My Life

April 22, 2008 |

Being a registered Democrat in the state of Pennsylvania, the world waits with baited breath to see who I vote for today. I feel like the 12th pitcher on the staff, who only pitches in meaningful games when everyone else has been used. Well, it looks to be about the fifteenth inning, and I’m ready. Seriously, Pennsylvania’s primary will not matter like this again for a long, long time. And do you want to know what I’m going to do? I’m trading my primary vote in ’08 for an extra presidential vote in ’08, two extra presidential votes in 2012, and a gubernatorial vote in 2010.
Where are the good financial advisors when you need them? I was watching last night’s Boston/Montreal game seven when the announcer gave this little nugget. In the 99 year history of Canadians’ hockey, they had never lost a series in which they have held a 3-1 lead. In the 84 year history of the Bruins, they had never won a series when trailing 3-1. The actual series numbers were 26, 3-1 leads for Montreal and 20, 3-1 deficits for Boston. So whichever way you want to look at it, it’s either 183 years or 46 series of uninterrupted history. Are you betting against that kind of history? If you are, then I have another bet for you. I say the sun will rise tomorrow in the East. You can have the other three directions. I’ll even give you 2-1 odds. Oh yeah, in case you don’t follow the NHL playoffs, Montreal won 5-0.
I hope this doesn’t make me un-American, but in the race for Lord Stanley’s Cup, I would like nothing more than to see a Montreal/Calgary final. Hockey is Canada’s game. We simply host it for economic reasons. I know that more Americans are playing in the NHL than ever, but to hear the Montreal fans sing in unison during last night’s game shows how much they love the game.
As far as the NBA goes, don’t sleep on the Sixers, and don’t think that game one was a fluke. I know that they’re young, but I’ll give you three reasons why they can actually win this series.  
1)      Flip Saunders. This isn’t the Larry Brown, Pistons anymore. Flip Saunders was a questionable choice when they hired him because he had never gotten Minnesota out of the first round. He knows that if they lose this series he’s out. The pressure rides squarely on him and everybody knows it, including his players.
2)      The Sixers closed out the regular season 22-12. They also split their season series with Detroit at two games apiece, but they lost the first two and then won the last two. So since March 12th, the Sixers are 3-0 against the Pistons, two of which were in Detroit.
3)      The Piston’s had a 2-0 lead over LeBron last season before dumping four in a row. Coupled with Sunday’s second half collapse, the Piston’s have now lost five playoff games in a row. If they can’t regroup immediately and win three out of the next four, they will go to Phily for a game six, facing elimination. That, they don’t want to do.
This is a good time of year for sports fans. We only care about the NBA and NHL playoffs, but they are both upon us. And in baseball, everyone still believes they have a chance. With so many of the good teams stumbling out of the gate, maybe some of these underappreciated teams have a better chance than we all thought. Anyway, enjoy this time as you were out your remote control.