Why do we love the game? For starters, who picked the Washington Wizards over the Chicago Bulls? Really? And tonight they have the chance to win the series 4-1. Go Figure. And next, who on God’s green earth had the Atlanta Hawks, the No. 8 Seed, dissing the loudmouth Indiana Pacers. The Hawks are up 3-2, and have the chance to win Game 6 AT HOME Thursday night. Who knew?
Why do we play the game and keep score? Because 4 of the 8 Playoff Series are tied 2-2, and only one, between the defending Champion Miami Heat and the poor Charlotte Bobcats, has gone the way we thought – 4-0 Miami. The Spurs, OKC Thunder and Clippers are all struggling. Granted the Clippers have a “minor” distraction to tend to, but other than that, the lower seeded teams are giving the ‘favorites” a run for their money.
Why do we watch the NBA Playoffs? Take it from someone who wasn’t going to tune in until at least the end of the second round. Instead, well, this year the playoffs are the best in memory. There’ve been close games, overtime thrillers, buzzer beaters and bracket busters: sounds like the NBA took a page out of the NCAA Tournament Playbook.
Why are sports like life? Because God’s playbook is not ours. God delights in fixing it so that the down and out can become the “up can and in.” God likes to upset the apple cart and turn the tables. God likes upsets, comebacks and turn-arounds; God likes and roots for the underdog; God loves to see a lower seeded team defeat a big bad arch rival. And those of us who are pure in heart, those of us who are sports “pure-ists,” those of us who love life and love the game of life, do to.