Continuing in a series of cameos by DBB readers, here’s Sauce1977 — MW
Arrogance: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.
Chauncey Billups, on whether or not the better team won in the Pistons-Cavs Eastern Conference Finals:
"No I really don't. I am a guy that is very honest and I give it up you know I am always pretty candid. That team won, they beat us you have to give them credit I have never took credit from them. I still feel we were the better team but obviously we didn't play as good as would have liked to for six straight games. Even the games we won it didn't feel like wins for us. They out played us for six games, I will admit that but I don't think they were the better team."
If this is true, and the 76ers are no better than the Cavaliers last year, then why are many upset? The Pistons, a team arguably considered one of the best-ever Pistons teams, just handed the underdog, Philadelphia, an ultimate dose of confidence. When you, Billups, as a leader, and you, Pistons, as a team, lose a 1st game of an opening series to a tough .500 club . . . all of you absolutely leave your fans in an awkward spot. What does anyone say as a confident player, coach, or fan, to the others? Do we want to have to explain ourselves? The thought of holding that bag . . . nauseating.
I want the team to tape Chauncey's "better team" quote in various places within the lockers. The claim Billups made has to be paid. If Detroit loses the series to Philadelphia, or the next round's opponent, or the opponent in the conference Finals, then it is hardly paid, in both the time, effort, and interest that many have invested.
Maybe I was wrong about the character of individuals on this team.
Or maybe the story of Game 1 likens itself to a blorp, one of those nasty burps that are laced with bile or vomit.
Because I'm tired of eating vomit.
Every game Detroit loses is eating vomit at this point.
Here's a novel notion. Take any series, and sum the total games. In the '07 ECF, that was 6 games. Now, take 82 games (the regular season). 82 / 6 = 13.67. Those are the number of games it feels like, to fans, that were lost, all at once, in any given loss of a 6-game series. There are anomalies, however. In the case of Game 5, that felt like 60 games, right there. But, to quantify it for hindsight, let's roll with this notion.
That '07 ECF . . . was like experiencing the Pistons after a 56 loss season. When Detroit lost to Philadelphia in Game 1, they lost the potential equivalent of almost 12 regular season games if the series were to extend to 7. A sweep of Detroit . . . 20.5 games per loss. The effects are catastrophic.
Ask Dallas's fans what it feels like to be a top seed and bounce out to Golden State last year. I'd advise doing it anonymously over the internet, phone, or between a plate glass window and with getaway car in close reach.
Philadelphia is the one with nothing to lose. Detroit has everything to lose, and the lie of "under the radar" doesn't work.
Act like a damn front-runner. Crush your opponents. Smooth? How about Smooth Criminal. Kill them softly, Billups, if you must, but they have to die.
Fans are done believing. Fans are done with promises. Fans want results.
You, Detroit Pistons, get to the Finals and work your magic . . . or else, all the extra time we've wasted will translate to a large amount of baloney. In limbo from Game 1, it appears that you, Detroit Pistons, are not in character, and this story doesn't make sense right now. History will correct itself upon the victors, and you haven't won a thing since 2004. After this year, no one will remember this group but Detroit fans. The window of "FLUKE" is at hand.
As an aside, to the fans of our beloved team . . .
They absolutely choked. They choked, choked, choked. It is nauseating to experience while watching on TV. It is enraging to experience sitting in a seat at the Palace. The players? I wouldn't care to imagine. I leave it up to them, as they tell us the story.
In light of one particular point among topics . . .
What is this ire over Rasheed's Philly-huddle-hijinks? If he makes the shot, then all but Philadelphia forgets about it. That's a Bad Boy move. The Bad Boys weren't nice to their opponents, and nobody cared to face them. Charles Barkley frequently invokes their name in reference. He did last night, in passing reference while discussing the Cleveland/Washington series. What can you take into the next game? How about how Philadelphia's players behaved, something that many Pistons fans, at least, may not have noticed? I was at Game 1 . . . Evans was dancing on the court with time left to play in a close game. Iguodala and the Sixers celebrated on the court after the game. Which is the team that keeps advancing to the ECF and winning all those games? It didn't seem to be the team wearing the red, white, and blue.
Those at the game absolutely did their best to lift up the Pistons when they needed it. Their cheers were in vain. Those who go to the 2nd game must carry on this fervor. Do not let your team believe that you do not care. You ABSOLUTELY care. Be it a cheer, a shout, or shrieks of disgust, do not hold back. You are Detroit fans, and you are to be heard. Let the world hear your voice.