Watching the NBA Finals last week brought back some wonderful memories.
Everyone’s dream when you own a team is winning a championship. That’s the ultimate! You don’t even think how rarely that happens or that it sometimes never happens. You just keep trying!
We had owned the Baltimore/Washington Bullets for fourteen years by the time it happened for us in 1978. And I remember so clearly that even as we were moving closer and closer to the possibility, we still didn’t know whether it would happen. Even the last game in Seattle….even the last few minutes in Seattle. But, of course, that is the excitement of sports!
One of the amazing things that happened that year was that we had no injuries; that is also extremely rare. In fact, we were scared to even mention it out loud. Maybe, we would give ourselves some curse. And each day that passed and no injury, the quieter we got. And if anyone tried to mention it, we shut them up as quickly as we could.
And when the final horn closed the game, there was dead silence in the Seattle arena. EXCEPT in the corner we were sitting in.
We were screaming and jumping up and down! My husband, Abe, shot out of his seat running and jumping down the steps to the locker room so fast that I couldn’t keep up! In fact, I was very angry with him for forgetting about me, his partner!
When I finally made it to the locker room and I saw him surrounded by the sweaty, jubilant, screaming and yelling players, I forgave him. This was something he had waited for — hoped for –for so long!
We were on an unbelievable high and we enjoyed every minute of it. And guess what? We wanted to do it again and again.
Congratulations to the Miami Heat. I’m sure they are still celebrating!