Sure it's disappointing to see the Dallas Mavericks lose to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. But, deep down, in your heart of hearts, you always knew it was going to end this way. Admit it. Here's what I tweeted a month ago, after the Mavs won the first two games in their series with the L.A. Lakers:
- 2011 05 06 - Congrats to the Mavs and all, but it's hard to get excited knowing, even if they beat the Lakers, there's still the Heat in the Finals.
- 2011 05 06 - By the way, I mentioned the Heat, not the Grizzlies or Thunder because, let's face it, those are made up team names, right?
Face it. We all knew the Miami Heat was going to win the championship this year as far back as last summer, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami to form the most-favored lineup since, when, Murderers' Row of the 1920s New York Yankees? Now that the inevitable has happened, and the team favored to win it all actually has won it all, it's good to recall the advice of the most gifted sportswriter of the 1920s, Damon Runyan:
"The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet."
Congratulations to the Miami Heat for winning the 2011 NBA championship.
Postgame update: Oops. I should have held up the presses until the series was over. Oh well, I'm not the first to prematurely declare a winner. My bad. ;-)