Sports commentary: see the whole picture

It is said that quarterback Peyton Manning needs this Super Bowl win for his legacy. One game should not make or break it after a fifteen year career and many MVP’s. Once LeBron James left Cleveland and returned on another team some said he had to play good in that game. If he had a bad game it would not affect the career he had and MVP’s based on one game. In baseball a relief pitcher comes in the game and throws one pitch and it is a hit he did not lose the game. All pitches may be equal. Why did the hit in the first inning not lose the game? It has been said a baseball coach is only worth 2 wins a year. NY Giant coach Tom Coughlin’s team had a bad record. Many blame him for it yet never show any decision making mistakes he made. His team had a lot of injuries and a lack of depth. The GM should be blamed or the owner and some players also. The same goes for blaming a quarterback solely. It is said the quarterback gets all the credit and all the blame. Some non all pro quarterbacks have won by just handing off the ball. Some great quarterbacks never won a Super Bowl and it hurts their legacy. They may have been on underdog teams that over achieved just to get there. There are 53 players on a team too many look for simple answers. Quarterback John Elway lost his first three Super Bowls and it was said he could not win the big game till he won the next two Super Bowls and similar happened to LeBron James. The 1960’s Boston Celtics won many titles. Some bench payers played very little or not at all yet have championship rings. I believe one has more than Micahel Jordon but that doesn’t make them a better player than him. Instead of simple answers we should look at the whole picture.

NBA’s basketball Kevin Durant had a moving accepting speech of his MVP award and it has been called the best ever. If you are not compelled to listen to 26 minutes of it tune in at the emotional 21 minute mark.
The impassioned speech was thoughtful, sincere an example of collectivism verse individualism for a team sport. Without notes, he spoke from the heart through sniffles and tears.
He spoke of his love and appreciation for his mother and addressed each of his teammates, whom were seated on the stage, with detailed anecdotes of appreciation.
He is active in the community, most prominently his grief-stricken walk through the devastation left behind by last spring’s tornadoes that leveled the nearby town of Moore. Durant donated $1 million to the relief fund and made himself a genuine fixture of the relief effort. The team and fans are a close-knit community. Reporters say he is as genuine as the speech.


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