Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Expulsion of paradise - Dallas Mavericks and Edmonton Oilers defeated

It could have been a dream, but it turned out to be a nightmare.

Dallas had a 2:0 lead in the NBA finals and lost the following four games to lose 2:4 against the blazing Miami Heat.
Shaquille O'Neal showed signs of age but the rising Dwyane Wade put the team on his back (believe me, Shaq and Antoine Walker are heavy!) and lifted them to the sky and their first (Shaq's fourth) championship ring. He was named MVP of the finals and he has deserved it.
Dallas had started furiously but broke after losing game three after a huge lead. They never regained the will to fight back and believe in their chance. Especially after the dramatic loss in game five, with some stupid mistakes (100:101).
What a chance missed by Dirk Nowitzki and his team. These final games of all games turned out to be the bewitched. But after all a glorious season nevertheless and hopefully the guys will come back after digesting the series in summer.

The Edmonton Oilers had the chance to win the Stanley Cup after 16 years of failure.
They came back from a 1:3 standing after winning in Carolina scoring on a shorthanded breakaway in overtime in game five and tying the Stanley Cup Final with an impressive 4-0 victory at Rexall Place in game six.
But the Carolina Hurricanes took home their first Stanley Cup in game seven in Raleigh, N.C.
Entering Game 7, historical stats favored the Hurricanes, as home teams had won 11 of 13 Game 7s in Stanley Cup Final history. But the Oilers appeared to have more gas left in the tank after pulling even in the series after dropping three of the first four games. The Hurricanes seemed finished after a 4-0 loss in Game 6 in Edmonton, but Carolina lived up to its motto of "Whatever It Takes" and somehow summoned the energy and grit to become champions.
North Carolina sounds more like summer and heat than ice hockey to me, Tina has lived there for two years and told me about it.
But they seem to be good at winter sports as well.
I hoped for Edmonton, sorry Steve, I hope you are not too frustrated.


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