Well, we’re two days post, and we’re not quite ready to look ahead to the actual Finals yet.
Without going too into it, Saturday night was somewhat emotional around our head, and right now there’s a definite feeling of contentment with just making it. Hopefully this changes by Thursday’s Game 1.
You have to understand – we love all Cleveland teams, but the Cavs have always been far and away our thing.
We vividly remember sitting and staring dead-faced at the TV for an hour after The Shot – this was 18 years ago now, but it feels like yesterday.
As such, we haven’t looked ahead, nor have we really gathered our thoughts. So, we fall back on bullet-points, for the second time in recent history:
* One of the coolest things about all this was all the reports of nothing bad going down in Cleveland. Everything we’ve read and been told was that it was just lots of people hugging and cheering and being happy. If there were fires set off, people were classy enough to do it in their own homes.
* Strangely, we weren’t afraid “The Clock” was going to be next in the tragedy timeline. We felt pretty confident the whole game. We don’t remember who, but somebody called this a six game sweep. Cleveland controlled this whole series.
* Somebody around here was on the Boobie Gibson train all season long. Hmm. (Darryl was too, and long, long, long before we were.)
* The Z/LeBron hug was one of the coolest things in the closing moments.
* Where was David Stern? Not that there’s anything wrong with Bill Russell, but you’d think Stern would want to be there for LeBron’s first Finals advancement thing.
* Dan Gilbert has to be happy – two years in and he’s in the conversation for best owner in Cleveland sports history.
* It’s gonna be really difficult to fire Coach Mike at this point, yes?
Oh, and as for Game Four? We’re booked. So in the case of a sweep, we’re all set for a public display of weeping. See you there, CLE.