Wednesday, February 09, 2011

A Tale of Two Teams

Being from Ohio (born and raised in the greater Akron area) I have remained a loyal Ohio sports fan my entire life. Now granted, that usually means more downs than ups and some extremely heart-wrenching disappointments (like the Browns losing to Denver in back-to-back AFC Championship games; the Indians losing to both Atlanta and Florida in the World Series; and Ohio State losing big more than once to to SEC teams in Football Title Games, etc.). So I shouldn't be surprised at what is happening in Ohio basketball currently.

Remember the old novel that started, "It was the best of was the worst of times"? Remember the opening to Wide World of Sports on TV which talked about the "thrill of victory" and the "agony of defeat" (as the downhill skier wipes out)? Both would be very appropriate descriptions of current basketball conditions in the great state of Ohio.

Let's start with the "BEST OF TIMES" or the "THRILL OF VICTORY": The Ohio State's Men's Basketball team is 24-0 and sitting #1 in all of college basketball!

But that is quite possibly being over-shadowed by the "WORST OF TIMES" or the "AGONY OF DEFEAT": The "Lebron James-less" Cleveland Cavaliers have now lost an NBA Record setting 25 straight basketball games!

So, as an Ohio fan watching ESPN Sportscenter each day I can truly say - "It is the best of times and it is the worst of times." Each week I experience the "thrill of victory" right alongside of the "agony of defeat."

But at the end of the day - I can't help but remain a loyal fan of Ohio sports teams.

Go Buckeyes! (Oh, yeah, GO CAVS as well!)

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