Tom: It’s just NBA All Year Round with Life filling its Gaps
Everyone’s year usually kicks off January 1st. It’s also fixed for everyone, you don’t see the new year starting off on March 2.
Well, for the past 11 years, my new year usually doesn’t kick off on January 1. And I don’t have 4 seasons a year based on the weather or how much sun there is per day. I’m a bit different. Well, I guess a lot different.
Life starts when the NBA season kicks off. It used to kick off first week of November, now it’s the last week of October. Usually, the last two weeks would be a countdown, with all the preseason games and all the predictions, that’s so much fun for a sports geek like me. The way the week goes is so awesome: ESPN for Wednesdays and Fridays, the TNT doubleheader on Thursday (and sometimes Monday and Tuesday), ABC Sunday, NBA TV on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. Add that after three weeks of start the season, you got the Thanksgiving Day games, which are usually arch-rivals going at each other, making you realize Thanksgiving is more than just turkey. A month later, my favorite one-day games take place on Christmas. I usually don’t like physical presents, the great NBA games usually make it good. Fast forward to January, with all the ballots of the online All-Star Game voting taking place and coming out on Thursday, in addition to the annual crazy trades that team managers pull off with each other that gets the basketball web all crazy with all the experienced bloggers like Bill “The Sports Guy” Simmons , Rick Reilly and James Whitlock getting down to the bottom of it and making crazy (and sometime s right) predictions and reasonable analyses.
Move on to February, and all the rumors just keep on increasing: Who’s getting trade? Where’s he getting traded? Are they stupid enough to trade him or not? Then the All Star game takes place, and four days later, ESPN and NBA.com are just refreshing on my laptop till Thursday 10 PM, waiting for the trade deadline to end (2011 was one hell of a trade year btw).
March comes up, and all the good teams start showing some muscle. The teams that kick off strong surprisingly usually vanish, and the teams that you may or may not see in June (yes, the first two weeks of June are sacred and we’ll get to that). April starts, and basically, the countdown to mid-April begins.
Mid-April:NBA Playoffs. NBA Playoffs:Legendary
The “40 games in 40 nights” and the “NBA….Where Amazing Happens” commercials start playing. The hype for the playoffs begin. The good articles start coming back on the Web again, and all the predictions take place. The good mood usually lasts on till the playoffs are coming to an end…and the NBA Finals start.
If the playoffs were legendary, the Finals go on to another level. Usually, I’d be done with university (yes, I have a life and get an education as well) and get to watch all the games home. Usually the Lakers are in, I root for winners, so the Lakers have been in the Finals for a good 7 times in the last 10 years, and they’ll always make their presence there. Then summer vacation comes at mid-June, with all the free agent signings happening and the patience for the new season to start.
- The good European soccer leagues are taking place (Go FC Barcelona!) and they usually take up the Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and weekend nights if I have nothing else to do.
- The Grammys and multiple MTV Music Awards are happening as well.
- New computer software is being released all the time.
- Summer and random weekends is where all the partying takes place.
- I’m a Computer Scientist (hard to believe, right?) that’s bound to graduate in a few months. I’m a Microsoft Student Partner that also happens to love to write when I get the chance. I can rap to any Eminem song, rock to any AC/DC, Aerosmith, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Phil Collins, Queen, Scorpions, 30 Seconds to Mars, U2 song (not in that order) and sing along Michael Jackson and Ziad el Rahbani’s music. I download too much TV series (Refer to: The Big Bang Theory, How I met Your Mother, Entourage and others) and still manage time to fool around and be sarcastic and funny when it counts.
A bit too much to handle, right? That’s just me.