THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CULINARY POLITICS-ELEMENTAL NEWS OF THE DAY COMMENTARY-OPINION-SPORTS-FOODSERVICE FOR SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016 BY CHEF VLADIMIR GDANSK
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The Warriors snatched victory from the jaws of defeat—wow, does it ever end?
Mukilteo, WA, 05-29-2016 Sunday: Watching Game Six between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder last night was one of those amazing sporting events to see. I cannot help but hold love for the Thunder as once they belonged to MY city, Seattle, being the Seattle Supersonics. Ah, well, times change, teams move, fans weep, hoping against hope that we will get a new NBA team at some point—anyone in the commissioner’s office listening to a fan-huh?
I have to say it sure appeared as though the Warriors were going to lose this game as the Thunder continued to strike and to lead deep into the contest. In fact, one could tell looking at their eyes that they KNEW they were going to win the game. The Thunder maintained that look until the final couple of minutes when the Warriors took control of the game and taught the former Supersonics a lesson or two about being a tad bit too cocky.
Klay Thompson (41-4-0) and Step Curry (29-10-9) played amazing games, the former more so than the latter but the latter has some physical woes. Still, when the game was on the line, the Warriors kept it close until the time arrived when 3-pointers and ball control wiped the smiles off the faces of ones we thought we would be victorious. Once again, no matter how well Kevin Durant (29-7-3) and Russell Westbrook (28-9-11) played, the Warriors rose to the occasion and stole the game out of their hands.
Sadly, I have to say I put my money on the Thunder because old loyalties have a hell of a time dying, even though the Sonics have been gone for about eight years now, I still root for and bet on the Thunder. The Sonics did win the NBA Championship in 1979 as well as three Western Conference titles in 1978, 1979, and 1996. The Thunder made it to the NBA Finals in 2012 but lost to the Miami Heat in five after winning the first game of the series.
Some people say the Thunder could be snake bit, something I would care to dismiss but after watching them BLOW Game Six to a champion team struggling to keep up with our team and then snatching it out of our hands in the final dwindling seconds made me bust out in tears. I cannot stress enough that the Thunder blew it while the Warriors STOLE it. Needless for me to say, I hope the Thunder can somehow pull off a win on Monday night at the Oracle Arena but I think once you taste defeat when so close to victory, it puts a dark cloud above your mind.
On the other side of the coin, we see that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made it past the Toronto Raptors and await the winner of Monday night’s game on Thursday night. The Cavaliers deserve to win a championship but if the Thunder somehow moves past Oakland, I hope we win our first championship as the Thunder.
What’s more, I know that Cleveland is not going to be a pushover, as when they went up against the Warriors in last year’s Finals, they had a crappy showing. This time around, I think the Cavs will prepare themselves much better and with five days of rest, they should be chomping at the bit to go.
I guess time is going to tell, tomorrow night is going to be a powerful game as it will be a classic duel to the death. I am sure the Warriors at home are going to rise to the occasion and will feed off the energy of their fans as we fed off ours until the last couple of minutes last night.
Moreover, I sure hope the coaching staff will find a way to stimulate and to propel the Thunder past the Warriors into the 2015-2016 NBA Finals and perhaps onward to a long-awaited title. Whatever happens, no one can predict what will be the outcome for either team should either one make it to the finals. First things first, people, first things first—know what I mean?
Thanks for joining me this day-before-Memorial Day post as tomorrow we will have a short day. Let us hope for a win tomorrow night in Oakland, California, the Warriors won last year, the Thunder needs to win this year.
This is a photo of I, your host, back in the 1980's when I was the Executive Chef at a country club in the Napa Valley but for security purposes, we have scaled some of our personal info back. However, I spent many years working in professional foodservice, having begun as a young boy working for my father in his restaurant over on the coast in Pismo Beach. Foodservice is in my blood and it is something I still do actively every day in my late eighties in Washington State.
Chef Vladimir Gdansk writes from Mukilteo, Washington.
Chef Vladimir Gdansk is a moderate Republican.
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Gdansk, Vladimir. “I thought the Supersonics—uh, the Thunder was going to win Last Night’s Game Six Western Conference Championship Game but the Warriors pulled it out of the Fire and stole a Game on us—snake bit!”
Moses Scharbug III edited and rewrote the blog post today.
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