In game 6 Fischer played the Queen's Gambit for the first time in his life. The game continued in the Tartakover Variation, a line which Spassky had never lost, and ended in a brilliant win for White. After the game Spassky joined the 1500 spectators in applauding his opponent. 'Did you see that? That was class.', Fischer said later of Spassky's show of applause.
(oh yeah ... you might think that I would include a game recap that matches the quote above. you'd be wrong.)
"This had nothing to do with poor attitudes, or lack of effort, or lack of team unity… none of those things that get unfairly applied to NBA players. The fact of the matter is that the Greeks play with a continuity and intelligence that takes literally years for a team to develop, and that they had better fundamentals. And it was just proven, beyond any doubt, that you can’t put an all-star team together and make up for that difference, no matter how talented those all-stars are, in three or four weeks. You just can’t."
The Big O Blog
NBA legend Oscar Robertson has a blog. Sadly, he's lost some of his faculties:
A strong bench is obviously important and here again I think the two teams are pretty evenly matched, with Lindsey Hunter, Antonio McDyess and Elden Campbell for Detroit, Brent Barry, Robert Horry, and possibly Glenn Robinson – who hasn’t played that much thus far – for the Spurs. (emphasis mine)
Bill Simmons on the NBA playoffs
"If you like basketball at all, if you've ever cared about it, you need to catch one of these Mavs-Rockets games and see what Tracy McGrady is doing. He just submitted the two best all-around playoff performances by a non-big man since MJ."
I can't pretend to be a Red Sox fan since way back. A lot of the fun of following the team for me is the same any tourist in Boston might have. You'd think after six years in this city the North End would have stopped being charming, but I'm sorry to report it hasn't.
So I'm lacking bona fides. But it pisses me off that after such a great start the New York Times still says stuff like "logic dictates" that the Sox will fade at the end of the season. What? I mean surely the Times would be above petty regional rivalries...