Yesterday afternoon after the Indians completed their sweep of the Detroit Tigers, I was all set to watch Boston vs. Miami in the NBA playoffs. I had it on and I was kind of watching until I realized that I really didn’t care. LeBron James and the Miami Heat were winning the game and instead of feeling invested in KG and the Celtics, I was actually completely apathetic. I wasn’t angry about the Heat and their league-ruining formation. I wasn’t interested in the farcical “feel-good” storyline that would suggest I could find a way to root for the Celtics. As it turns out, I was more interested in watching Kathy Ireland pretend to be a kicker in the 1991 Scott Bakula vehicle, Necessary Roughness on cable.
I joked over the weekend that Chris Antonetti is a much better GM than Mark Shapiro. The guy takes the Indians GM job and all of a sudden the Tribe gets off to one of the hottest starts in their history. Regardless of my attempts at humor, Shapiro, Antonetti, and Manny Acta are largely responsible for putting me in a position where I don’t feel the need to be invested in the NBA playoffs. It’s awesome though. It is freeing to not have something so negative get a hold on you. And to be able to replace it with something so positive? Awesome.
The Indians are enabling me to send the message to commissioner David Stern that I might not have been able to send without the Indians’ help. By not watching the NBA playoffs, it is just a small kink in what probably are going to be blockbuster TV ratings nationwide. Still, to send the message that Clevelanders don’t need to hold onto the storylines that are laid out in the playoffs to maximize interest in each series nationwide is great.
Did you all feel the same way? Did you find something better to do with your time than watch the NBA playoffs this weekend?
I’ll be back when the Cavs are back. Sure, I still hope LeBron James and the Heat lose. I would never say otherwise. Still, I can’t waste too much energy rooting against a team when I have a team of my own to root for positively. It may not last all season. It could end at any time. The Cavs taught us that most recently. The Cavs also taught us to enjoy it as much as you can for as long as you can. That’s all I’m doing with the Indians.