(The Cavalier is no longer on an extended leave of absence. The following was not written by him, as he mercifully allowed me my one phone call.)
Hello. As this is my last post as a YAYsports substitute, I must admit there is no easy way to say good-bye. Today ... today ... today ... I consider myself the luckiest blogger on the face of the earth ... earth ... earth. We laughed, we cried, we discovered the true meaning of Lakers and Clippers.
Years ago, I received a correspondence from Miami Herald writer Leonard Pitts. In his email, Mr. Pitts quoted an old saying, "Writing is not fun. Having written is". Since I started here, I have put in many nights where I was up until 3AM, only to wake up at 6:30AM to get ready for work. But what drove me was imagining the smiles on your lovely faces as you opened up this site like a present on Christmas morning and rejoiced that I had updated with my own blend of elegant prose. You motivated me to write and write some more. And with the joy of that in mind, I will ride into the sunset like a cowboy in a spaghetti western.
But before I go, a little update on the happenings of the evening.
Game 3 is the phrase of the night. Often the first venture in a new environment, Game 3s have a way of cementing advantages or swinging momentum. Battles are fought and hopes rekindled or crushed in Game 3s. Game 3s brings the term "must-win" to the forefront, for to the survivors go the spoils.
Detroit 93, Orlando 77. For the Orlando Magic, down 2-0, there would be no celebration. Once again the Pistons proved too much for the young Magic squad, despite 27 points from Jameer Nelson. With game four in Orlando Saturday afternoon, the Magic can only play to protect their house, although I would expect the Pistons bring their brooms.
Utah 81, Houston 67. Unlike the Magic, the Jazz re-established themselves as playoff-worthy, beating back the invading Rockets and holding the Houston offense to an anemic 32.8% from the floor. Only four Rockets scored all game. Four. Two, as you would probably guess, were Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. The other two were Shane Battier and Rafer Alston. That's all I can say about that.
Los Angeles vs. Phoenix. As I write, the Mamba is strangling the Suns with a little assistance from Kwame and Lamar Odom. Never underestimate the power of The Mamba.
Once again, I am Jordi Scrubbings from The Serious Tip. I want to thank you for being here and thank the Cavalier for giving me the opportunity to do my thing at YAYsports. Please remember to be good to the hard-working people behind the bar and they will be good to you. And a Coke on the house to the first person who can identify the source of the title quote. I'm out. Peace.