As for some of you, this whole Zinedine Zidane controversy has been on my mind for the past week. One aspect of it in particular, though, is intriguing.
My wife had left for some errand or another on Sunday, leaving me with my 3-year-old daughter to watch the World Cup (honestly, does any husband remember what his wife says as she walks out the door while he’s watching sports? My wife could have said, “Pete, I’m going to the park to burn a cross, then stopping off to shoot some amateur porn with the weird-looking guy at the park.” I still would have just mumbled “whatever,” eyes fixated on the screen).
Anyways, as the game dragged into overtime, my daughter started losing interest (actually she started losing interest in the first half when she discovered a box of styrofoam in the basement; children have no appreciation for the majesty of sport). However, even she was drawn to the screen after the headbutt (helped no doubt by my screaming).
In that instant, the action on-screen was etched into my head, and I will forever remember where I was when Zidane head-butted Materrazi.
Why all of this rambling about soccer in a basketball blog? Well, I thought it might be nice to list the moments in Sonics history that are burned into my skull. Herewith a brief list of one man’s vivid recollections:
1. X-Man dunking against the Lakers
Not a huge moment in Sonics history; but I’ll never forget Nate McMillan alley-ooping to X on CBS against the Showtime Lakers. Must have been around 1986 or ’87, and the Sonics destroyed LA in the first half before blowing the lead and losing.
2. Tom Chambers wins All-Star MVP
Tommy Gun was a last-minute replacement for James Worthy, and he shot lights-out at the Kingdome. I still remember watching the game while my brother was shooting hoops by himself in the front yard. His loss.
3. Sonics lose to Nuggets in Game 5
My stomach has never felt any lower than it did that gray, Spring day. Let’s move on.
4. Eddie Johnson drains half-courter against Rockets
In 1993 the Sonics were the best team in West, and EJ’s incredible shot at the end of the 3rd (?) quarter will always be the play I remember. By the way, the Sonics didn’t lose to the Suns in Game 7. That just didn’t happen, right?
5. Sonics top the Jazz, go to Finals
For those of us too young to remember 1979, this is the highlight. It wasn’t enough that we were in the Finals, we were in the Finals after beating the freakin’ Jazz. Bonus points for watching the Mailman miss his free throws due to 17,000 people counting to 10.