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I thought long and hard about how to approach the latest Bill Simmons column. If you haven't read it… spare yourself. The man who gained national fame as the world's biggest Celtics fan has written this:
Nobody is beating the Lakers this season. Not Boston, not Detroit, not anybody. They have the best team, the best player and a Hall of Fame coach. It's really that simple.
Now here's where you shake your head and say, "You're just trying to do another reverse jinx like that column about how Kevin Garnett isn't clutch." Fair point. That column was written for two reasons — because I thought it was an interesting debate (is clutchness in our DNA or do we acquire it through repetition?), and because I was aiming for a reverse jinx that partially absolved me for blowing an undefeated Patriots seasonfour months ago. This is different. The Lakers clearly have a better team. I believed this to be true before the playoffs and haven't seen anything to change my mind; if anything, the first three rounds confirmed the chasm between the two teams was even larger than anyone believed. Even with homecourt advantage in the Finals, the Celtics will still be underdogs against the Lakers. And they should be.
Instead of making the case that the Lakers, as great as they've been, don't match up well with the Celtics (and they don't)… instead of extolling the virtues of a resurgent Paul Pierce and giving him some of the national spotlight… Simmons flipped to the other side.
So is there any more appropriate clip to use for what is about to happen… than Big Pussy getting whacked by Tony after they found how he was an FBI snitch?
I'm going to follow Green 17's lead over on Celtics blog. I'm done with Simmons as the national voice of C's fans. As far as I'm concerned… he's lost us. You can't give the Lakers that kind of national blowjob as we head into a Celtics-Lakers finals and expect us to sit here and take it. After all these years and all those Celtics pieces… he's finally got his chance to finally be our point-man… and he's giving it away. I don't care if this is some kind of super reverse-jinx in which you really claim you're not reverse-jinxing.
Hey Bill… jinxes don't exist. Your column didn't make the Pats lose. And it won't make the C's lose.
I think the Celtics ARE going to win the championship. And you'll be remembered now as the guy who flipped when it counted.