Status Report, October 2017

This blog has been on life support lately, but I’m not quite ready to let it die. After 12 years and 1000+ posts, The Philter feels like an old friend, though I’ve been devoting most of my energy lately to The Beatles Plus 50.

So let’s see…what can we talk about? I’ve thought often lately of writing about politics, as there’s so much to write about. And then I think…nah…healthier not to think about it any more than you already do.

There’s the Warriors, I guess. That’s a pretty safe topic outside of Cleveland, and maybe Oklahoma City. The NBA season started a week ago, taking many of us a little by surprise, as the first game is not usually till Halloween. But this time the season was extended in an attempt to minimize the number of back-to-backs teams play, with the result that neither the W’s or I were quite ready for game 1. They had just gotten back from China while I was still in Europe celebrating an important birthday.

That game was a close loss to the annoying Houston Rockets, and since then we’ve both been rounding slowly into shape. There was a win and a loss, with me only managing to catch part of each. Game 4 last night was a little shaky, the Warriors struggling early with the underwhelming Dallas Mavericks, me with the technology I use to watch the games. But in the second half we got it all figured out and there was some nice relaxing garbage time, including an off-the-backboard-self-pass dunk by rookie Jordan Bell. I expect it will be an enjoyable season.

It is a little different to be a Warriors fan this year, even from the previous post-championship season. This time, the Dubs are coming off a 16–1 playoff run, and it is widely accepted that they are a mortal lock to repeat. Motivation is inevitably a problem under such circumstances, for players and fans alike.

But if that’s all you have to worry about, things could be a lot worse. It takes a minute to get the machine cranked up again, right? One step at a time.

One Response to “Status Report, October 2017”

  1. Merle Baggard Says:

    They will be challenged this year. Another championship would be wonderful.

    This year I had a really good rec soccer team to coach. There were times when we’d be better at every position. It kind of freaked me out. We did a good job of not crushing everyone in the regular season as that would result in a lot of bad feelings.

    However, in the playoffs and for the Dubs all of the time, there’s a special kind of pressure when you are expected to win. Even though you do win the games, the process can be less fun and more stressful. Opponents with less to lose are dangerous. In the playoffs everyone is tougher because the experimentation and resting are over. But as long as you win the last game, (which my guys did, thank goodness) it’s worth it.

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