Monday, May 24, 2010
This Inspires People
Watching the Rajon Rondo highlight from this weekend, reminded me of a quote from Jerry Maguire.
"That is not what inspires people, Rod. Shut up! Play the game from your heart!"
Oh, what's the Rondo highlight?
If you saw it, you know what I am talking about. If not, let me fill you in.
**Highlight Package Here: Jump to 1:12 for the play**
Rondo and Jason Williams of the Magic were running full bore at a loose ball that was bounding down toward Boston's basket ahead of the pack.
As Williams seemed to have the angle on it, not to mention a step, he bent down to try to scoop it up.
Not so fast, my friend, said Rondo, who DOVE HEAD FIRST for the ball in full flight, used his absurdly go-go-gadget-like long arms to snatch it away from Williams, and not satisfied with that alone, proceeded to get up, take a couple of dribbles, juke Williams, and lay the ball in for two points.
AND HIS TEAM WAS AHEAD BY 17 POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF!!
THAT is the kind of stuff that DOES inspire people who love sports. For all of the narcissistic garbage in the NBA, it is great to be reminded that the core of the league remains a bunch of fierce competitors who are spectacular athletes.
You know what else is inspiring? The 16 year old kid who was in contention on Sunday at the Byron Nelson. Hello, Jordan Spieth. Well done, lad!
It's not quite Francis Ouimet all over again, but it is cool to see young phenoms, doing, well, phenomenal things. To think that this kid won his HIGH SCHOOL tournament last week, and then was actually IN CONTENTION to win this week on the big boy tour, is incredible.
He might be another Ty Tryon, I know. But it's awfully fun to watch.
Tiger, do you see this? They are coming for you, my friend. In bunches. They are young, they are fearless, and they want what you had. Manaserro, Ishikawa, McIlroy.
Here.... they.... come.