The NBA’s I-hit-a-buzzer-beater-that-ended-a-playoff-series club
On Friday night in Portland, Damian Lillard became a member of a very exclusive NBA club. By hitting a buzzer-beater that ended a playoff series, he did something only three other players have done (to be clear, we’re talking about shots that were the final play of a game that ended a playoff series).
Four players — Lillard, Stockton, MJ (twice (of course)), and…Ralph Sampson — have victimized three teams — Houston (twice), Cleveland (twice), and the Lakers — in every round of the playoffs except for the Finals. Here, then, are the members of the club, and the shots that got them in.
Lillard’s shot is the first of its kind this century, and the first made by a player on his home floor. Also the only one where the play starts with less than 1 second on the clock.
John Stockton, game 6 1997 Western Conference finals at Houston.
Michael Jordan, game 4 1993 Eastern Conference Semifinals at Cleveland. This is the only one that doesn’t start with an inbounds play from halfcourt.
Michael Jordan, game 5 1989 Eastern Conference Round One at Cleveland. The most dramatic shot on this list, since a miss would have lost the series for MJ’s Bulls.
Ralph Sampson, game 5 1986 Western Conference Finals at Los Angeles. Ugly, but effective.
No BCS. No Heisman. Nothing left to do but go Animal House on Texas
Huff: Hey! What’s all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?
Moose: What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? Marcus didn’t get invited to the Heisman ceremony. There’s nothing to fight for anymore.
Lokombo: Let it go. War’s over, Huff. BCS dropped the big one.
Huff: What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
DAT: Forget it, he’s rolling.
Huff: And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…
Huff: The tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!
[Huff runs out alone, then returns]
Huff: What the fuck happened to the Oregon I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our season, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Huff, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this. Heisman, he’s a dead man! BCS, dead! Applewhite…
Mariota: Dead! Huff’s right. Psychotic… but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with a conventional offense, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires us playing so well that Mack Brown wishes he’d recruited all of us as safeties!
Huff: We’re just the guys to do it.
Lokombo: [stands up] Yeah, I agree. Let’s go get ‘em.
Michael Jordan and the Greatest Cereal Box of All Time
Today is Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of the various tributes on TV and the web. I figured I’d get in on the fun, too, and pay homage to MJ and the greatest cereal box of all time.
The expiration date on the box is November 1991, so this would have been released right around the time he was leading the Bulls to their first title. I was 14 at the time, and Michael Jordan and cereal were two of my favorite things (actually, they still are), so of course I was eating my Wheaties.
Leave it to MJ to take cereal box interactivity to the next level. Take that, Cap’n Crunch!
My god! That’s a basketball court!
Three views of the shooter. I loved the fact that my cereal came with accessories.
The hoop. No net, so it’s got a bit of that city park feel. “Glass” backboard though.
Excellent shooting backdrop. Better than most Final Fours.
A couple of overhead view. It really is an attractive package.
It really doesn’t get much better than a big bowl of cereal and shooting hoops with Michael Jordan. Oh, and please don’t tell my wife I’ve saved a cereal box for 20+ years.
If you’ve ever wondered if the people you follow on Twitter are as cool (or dorky) in real life as they are on Twitter, now’s your chance to find out.
On Saturday, February 9, join a tweet-up at Matthew Knight Arena for the Oregon vs. Utah men’s basketball game. The game starts at 5 p.m., and the Fiesta Bowl champion football team will be honored at halftime.
We’re getting backcourt terrace seats for $20 each (regular price $24). Please let me know if you’d like to join us by 11 a.m. Monday, February 4. The tickets must be purchased at one time, so I’ll do the buy and collect either via PayPal or at the game.
Let me know via Twitter (@JonathanAdams) or email JonathanEAdams at gmail dot com.
1982: Fresno State 10, Oregon 4. Yes, That is a Football Score
The last time Fresno State beat Oregon, the Ducks somehow scored just 4 points. In a football game.
In light of Oregon’s recent run of success propelled by their explosive offense, the 30-year-old game stories from the Register-Guard are shocking. Three straight games without an offensive touchdown. Fresno State players mockingly asking if they can “play this team every year.” The Washington Huskies ranked number one.
But it wasn’t entirely hopeless. As the writer notes, the Ducks would still be favored over Oregon State.
Thanks to everybody for the feedback. We have more than enough interest to get the group rate, so here we go:
Utah at Oregon, Saturday, March 3. Game time TBA. Tickets are $22 each.
What I need from you: A Firm confirmation that you will be attending. Remember, I have to buy all of the tickets, so don’t leave me hanging people!
I would like to order the tickets on Monday, January 30, so let me know if you’re in by then. I would like to send everyone their tickets before the game, so we’ll have to work out payment options. Checks or PayPal (or…?) will be fine (although if you’re paying via PayPal the cost will be $23 per ticket to cover their fees). Once I get a confirmation from you, I’ll send you payment info.
So, contact me on Twitter here or send me an email JonathanEAdams at Gmail dot com and let me know if you can attend. I will update the list of attendees on this page as I get them.
Also, I might try and set up a pre or post game get-together (depending on when the game starts) at a local restaurant, so I’ll keep you posted on that.
Interested in a Tweet-up at Matthew Knight Arena? Here are the options:
1. Washington State at Oregon, Saturday, February 11. Game tips at 3 p.m. Tickets are $23 each.
2. Utah at Oregon, Saturday, March 3. Game time TBA. Tickets are $22 each.
I picked Saturday games because I assume that’s easier for everyone than Thursday games.
To get those prices we need a minimum of 20 people. Also, one person (me) has to pay for the tickets and then settle up with everyone else, so once we decide on the game, I’ll need firm commitments and payment (maybe via PayPal).
So, email me if you’re interested and tell me which game you prefer. Also, if you have any suggestions on payment options, let me know. I’ll leave this up for a week and then post final details based on your input next Thursday.
JonathanEAdams at Gmail dot com or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.
Tomorrow night at Husky Stadium, the University of Washington will honor their 1991 squad who they say were the national champions that year. What they don’t tell you is that the Huskies were merely voted number one in the coaches poll. The Miami Hurricanes were voted number one in the AP poll.
So my dream for the pre-game festivities is this: The song in the video above starts playing, Jim Ross grabs a mic and screams “Good god! That’s the Miami Hurricanes music!”, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who was the starting DT on that ‘91 Canes squad) administers “the people’s elbow” to everyone in purple.