Remember the Jonathan Toews-LeBron James meme that arose after their respective championships last season? It was a Twitter picture of a handwritten sheet that claimed Toews said “we” 14 times and never said “I” in his post-championship-winning press conference, while LeBron said “I” 18 times and never said “we.” It was gleefully re-tweeted by hockey fans, by hockey broadcasters, by hockey players, by thousands and thousands.
Funny thing: in LeBron’s post-game transcript he said “we” 16 times, by my count; in his on-ice interview on the CBC right after winning Toews said “I” five times. And neither number meant anything.
So why do hockey fans do this? Why does basketball, a sport in which Canada is surging, need to be torn down to lift up hockey? There’s a racial component underlying some of it, which is sad and ignorant, but why? Is it insecurity? A need to create and fend off an other? Hockey is built on an incredibly strong sense of community, on a powerful sense of team versus individual, and those are part of what makes it great. And whenever this debate rises up, a part of hockey decides that hockey’s greatness alone isn’t enough.”
Bruce Arthur, National Post. [x]
This is really, really, really important stuff people.
Basketball is just a shite version of hockey. Courts and rinks are about the same size. The team systems work quite similarly. Trap defense applies to both. Pick and rolls work for both. But to me, basketball is just so much of a joke. It’s for people who can’t find a 2-1 game exciting, but 98-99 works for them.
Oh also, what constitutes a penalty in basketball, is a position of play in hockey. Goaltending. Both sports have their divers and drama players.
It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with which game is better. And that’s personal choice.