The Sweet and Sour Side of Sports


Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12, KJV

It is pleasant to see dreams come true   Proverbs 13:19, New Living Translation

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul:
Proverbs 13:19, KJV

Anybody out there like sweet and sour sauce on chicken or pork? It has a funny yet fantastic taste. It’s tangy and tasty and sharp and sassy all at the same time. Some love the pinkish red sweet and sour sauce that is served in Chinese restaurants because it’s two things at the same time; in other words, they can have their cake and eat it too.

Sweet and sour works for Chinese food, but not so much for sports, but that’s the way it goes. We have to take the good with the bad, and, well, the sweet with the sour. And that’s life.

Kyrie Irvin showed us the sweet and sour side of sports in Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals. Irving suffered a season ending injury after playing almost 40 minutes and helping his buddy LeBron almost take out and take it to the host team, the Golden State Warriors.

The sour side was that the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap during his team’s riveting, 108-100 overtime loss in Game 1. Irving had been nursing tendinitis in the same knee for several weeks, and had taken games and parts of practices off. The latest diagnosis will force Irving to have surgery in Cleveland and he is expected to be sidelined for three to four months.

“I’m saddened by the way I had to go out but it doesn’t take away from being a part of a special playoff run with my brothers,” Irving posted on Instagram shortly after the results of his MRI were made public. “I gave it everything I had and have no regrets. I love this game no matter what and I’ll be back soon.”

The sweet side was that before his knee buckled Irving was giving the Cavaliers more than anyone could have expected under the circumstances. Irving outscored league MVP Stephen Curry through regulation, 23-22, and added seven rebounds and six assists. He also had four steals and two blocks, which isn’t bad for a player with a reputation for relaxing on the defensive end. He even gave the Cavaliers a chance to win the game in the final seconds when he chased down Curry to block a layup that could have put the Warriors ahead by two points with about 24 seconds remaining.

But in OT, Irving went down, and so did the Cavaliers chances of winning the championship. Oh well.

That’s the sweetness and sourness of sports.