THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: Why I Became a Warriors Fan

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I’ve fallen in love with the Golden State Warriors.

I’m a homer. I root for my home teams from Washington, DC; the Bullets turn Wizards (big props), and the Redskins turn a blind eye to racist symbols (huge boo). Sorry Caps and Nats, I’m simply not passionate about your sports. But in this era when loyalty follows celebrity and people become fans of teams on a global level, like the Bulls circa the Jordan era, I’ve become a Warriors fan.

I realized it last night, Game 2 of the series with the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s simple; when you see these guys play, basketball becomes a beautiful game.

A game or spectacle is beautiful to me when it’s orchestrated so skillfully that the onlooker needs no knowledge of the rules, no explanation of what is unfolding to understand the intricacies of the game and be swept away on a tidal wave of joy and excitement at feeling its beauty in their heart. To understand the objective of basketball, the concept of teamwork, the discipline of strategy, the beauty of honed talent turned into skill, and the magical joy of achievement, one only has to watch the Warriors play.

This spectacle is the ultimate balm to the human spirit. It goes beyond sport and that is why in this moment this team is on the cusp of becoming a YUUUUUUGE deal.

With no apologies to my Christian siblings it’s like watching the life of Christ. You don’t need an explanation, you don’t have to hear the words he spoke, you simply have to look at the way he lived to get his message. His life and his message are one and the same. He lived by the rule he preached. He loved God’s creation unconditionally in everything he did and with everyone he encountered. Take away the words and the message; to love your God, and your neighbor like yourself, is just as clear.

The amazing thing about the Warriors right now is that they are doing it without Curry. And what about that genius artist is there not to love? As great as his play throughout the season, it’s his joy on the bench, the childlike enthusiasm and love with which he supports his teammates that has blasted him into the pantheon of my personal sports heroes.

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I thought I loved watching him play. I do. I do I do I do. And I can’t wait for him to get back out there. But by God, it’s been a straight up bromance for me watching him live and die on the sidelines, the consummate teammate to his brothers on the court.

I can’t wait for the next game these guys play and I haven’t felt like this about a basketball team since Michael Jordan. And here’s the deal that must truly warm Adam Silver’s heart, I want them to win a second Championship so badly, but I’m gonna love them even if they don’t.



PBS on Oct 8,2013 aired a Frontline documentary regarding chronic traumatic encephalopathy brain injuries that are occurring to football players in the National Football League, along with strong evidence that this may be a significant risk factor in football played at all levels, to which younger players maybe particularly vulnerable.  These injuries lead to an array of illnesses, mental and physical, and is responsible for premature and early deaths including suicide.

This is an absolute ‘must-see’ for any football fan, parent or loved one of anyone who plays or has played the game at any level, or anyone concerned with issues of justice and corporate greed in our society

It is a stellar production and a major exposition, and a debt of gratitude is owed to everyone from Dr Bennett Omalu, the Pittsburgh pathologist  who first detected the disease in the brain tissue of former Pittsburgh Steeler, Mike Webster to the producers at Frontline.

The NFL will no doubt continue its push back with its manipulation of research data and denials as the tobacco industry did with cigarettes and as the energy industry does now with climate change. Corporate greed rules in our economy.

But there must be public advocacy for change to protect the long-term health and safety of thousands, if not millions, of youth at unnecessary risk to suffer a debilitating life time head injury with the possibility they might not even be aware of it.

I am a football fan. I do not want to see the end of the sport, but I am willing to see the end of the sport as it is played today in the interest of the young men of tomorrow.