TheQ, The NFL Draft, and The Last Dance

I’m wondering how everyone is holding up? What’s keeping your mind off the quarantine? (Trademarked as #TheQ by @sahizzle11, who is a must follow on twitter) What’s everyone doing all day? Are you working out and bettering yourself? Or are you just vegging out and watching The Office for the 6th time? Either one is perfectly acceptable. As long as you’re staying healthy (both mentally and physically).

#TheQ has come at an interesting juncture in my life. It has allowed my wife to work from home, which has been great for my infant son. I really wish I could spend more time at home with him, but my job has been deemed essential. I should complain about that because a lot of other people have lost their jobs as a result of #TheQ. I’m thankful to have a job so I can provide for my family and help others in this unusual and unprecedented time.

There’s a lot that goes into having an infant during a pandemic. I’m paranoid that I’m going to get him sick by being out in the world, but I take extreme cautions to make sure that doesn’t happen. He’s young enough that it’s not a hardship to stay in the house but we’re doing our best to take him on walks or create activities in our backyard and away from others. The away from others part is what’s most difficult. We FaceTime with family, but it’s not the same as getting to hold him. He does get to interact with them on a daily basis, but I can’t pick up my phone without him trying to see who I’m talking to… even when I’m just checking my twitter feed. It’s adorable.

Social Distancing has been misnamed. Physically distancing yourself from others makes perfect sense, but socially distancing yourself while being quarantined doesn’t make any sense. Mental health is always important, but even more so now. My advice is to step away from the news and from social media if you can. If you can’t or just don’t want to, then please promise me you won’t engage with or post any political opinions. It’s just not worth it.

The NFL Draft was this week and I’ve got to say I was impressed. Not only was it a great distraction from the world, but they pulled of the first virtual draft! Sure, there were creative choices that were awful, but that made it entertaining. Personally, I think all drafts should be virtual now. We were able to see the home setups of coaches and GMs throughout the league. Kliff Kingsbury lives in the house from Parasite, and Bill Belichick let his dog handle the scouting. It was perfect. I think the NBA should look into going the virtual route for this year’s draft. Imagine if Adam Silver were hosting and not Roger Goodell, who I’m almost positive is a robot made by the league. I’m not going to pretend Adam Silver doesn’t look like Skeletor, but he can at least hold a conversation and express human emotion.

Today is the second installment of episodes in the ESPN documentary series The Last Dance, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 season. I’m so glad they pushed up the air date because it’s exactly what we needed to fill that hole left empty by the NBA cancelling/postponing it’s season last month. I’ve been eating up the classic games that the NBA has been airing on YouTube. You should definitely check those out. They have something for every breed of fan. Episodes 1 and 2 of The Last Dance featured Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen heavily. Episodes 3 and 4 will air tonight and will reportedly tell the Dennis Rodman story. Buckle in folks and if you have kids, might I suggest the edited version that will air simultaneously on ESPN2.

The airing of the documentary has revived the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time) debate. The debate will always rage on. Your decision on the greatest basketball player of all-time seems to be loosely connected to your birth year. Depending on your age, your choice might be Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or even Bill Russell. A lot of LeBron apostles haven’t seen Jordan to this extent, which makes the documentary really exciting. Gaining new perspective will make this debate even more appealing. I was born in ’89, which puts me firmly in the Jordan camp but I am always open to intelligent debate when it comes to basketball. Enjoy the doc and stay safe, everyone.

If you’re enjoying the doc and need more Jordan, check out Game 2 of the Bulls/Celtics Round 1 matchup in the 1986 NBA Playoffs.

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