Stopped by Ball Don’t Lie just to surf the internet while getting my Honey Bunches of Oats on. One of my regular morning stops around the net. First post says “NBA Commercials never cease to amaze me”. Neat! says I. Without reading a single word of text above the embedded video, I immediately click play. This has to be something sick right? Big mistake skipping all the words because I would have seen this:
(Quick note to Blazers and Pistons fans: You might want to just skip this post.)
Hindsight not only is 20/20 but it’s cursing at me right now. Anyways…The piano music starts playing…and it’s an empty Staples Center with the Lakers logo. I think to myself “Umm, this is kind of weird” and take another crunch of my Honey Bunches of Oats. Then Kobe fades in to the scene with the fro and the #8. And before I can even grasp that or how cool of an effect that was, in enters Brian Grant parked in the middle of the lane and I stop chewing. It’s that one play from that one game that will forever be burned into my memory…Sure enough Scottie Pippen fades in, gets crossed and yeah, yeah, yeah. My day’s ruined. I feel like when I went to see Marley & Me expecting to see a fun movie with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston being all “funny” and a crazy dog. But I went, sat through a mini-version of The Break Up and finally figured out the dog was going to die. Don’t let anyone go see that movie not emotionally prepared. Torture yourselves if you would like. You’re crazy if you think I’m embedding that on this website. No way am I going to re-live the most haunting, awful sports-related memory of my time on earth every single time I come here. I missed school the next day because of it.