Monday, June 18, 2007

Celebration Day

Last Thursday, I was going to talk about Bruce Bowen’s birthday (36!), and how nice it would be for him if the Spurs won the NBA Championship that day. So… Last Thursday, June 14, was Bruce Bowen’s 36th birthday. His team, the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship that night by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 83-82 and sweeping the Cavs in four games. Cute look for Finals MVP Tony Parker (France) and Manu Ginobli (Argentina), above, wearing their respective countries’ flags.

How impressive are the Spurs? They won their fourth NBA title overall, joining the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers as the only teams in NBA history to win four or more championships. They won their first in 1999. This was their fourth title in nine years, and third in the last five years. They’re studs. As much as I thought that Greg Popovich firing Bob Hill back in the day was b.s. (the Spurs had a horrible record, but were without star David Robinson for the year, AND they were about to draft Tim Duncan), “Pop” has done a great job assembling, coaching, and adjusting this team over the years.

Other congratulations go to Robert Horry, the Spurs forward, who became the first player NOT a Boston Celtic from the 60’s to earn SEVEN championship rings (2 with the Houston Rockets, 3 with the Los Angeles Lakers, and 2 with the San Antonio Spurs), and he is one of only nine players ever to do so. Also, good luck to actress Eva Longoria and Spurs’ point guard Tony Parker, who are getting married outside of Paris in a week or so… Hmm… Finals MVP and getting married? Tony’s going to be one tired dude in the fall.

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For those of you not interested in sports or pop culture, last Thursday was also Flag Day in the U.S. June 14, 1777 was the say the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States. Unfortunately, it is not an official federal holiday, but the state of Pennsylvania has recognized it as a state holiday since 1937 (it is the first and only state to do so). Here’s a shot of Flag Day at the Huntington Beach Pier:

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