Wednesday, June 22, 2005

SHEED HAPPENS

Hey Sheed.
Yo dog. Almost all is forgiven.
Yeah we were ticked off after that defensive blunder in Game 5. You let your teammates down when you let Robert Horry loose at the three-point line when the only play that could have beaten you was Horry loose at the three-point line.
You let the city down because it loves this team more than anything else. And you let your coach down by not listening to him during the final time out. And even though Larry Brown made things more difficult for your team by his flirtation with Cleveland, he deserved more than you gave him.
But you redeemed yourself for now in Game 6 in San Antonio. Your numbers were not great (16 points, 3 rebounds). But your timing was perfect.
You took over in crunch time in the Pistons 95-86 victory over the Spurs. It may not have been your night. But you picked your moments.
And here is why you are such an enigma. The Pistons face the Spurs in Game 7 Thursday because of you. But at the same time they are not celebrating a second straight championship because of you. It shows your importance and it is another example why every time I see your face I see wild card.
Now we see why people say Sheed Happens.
No team can beat the Pistons when you are right.
You returned to the game with 5:18 remaining, your team up by four and five fouls hanging over your head. It was a difficult position but these final minutes became Sheed time.
After the Spurs sliced the lead to one you hit a jumper, then you banged in another jumper and after Chauncey Billups missed a twisting lay up you were there to mop up his miss to extend the Pistons lead to five with 1:25 remaining. And even though you were one whistle from your evening ending you made two strong defensive plays in crunch.
You were not perfect, but you fought hard to the bitter end. And I know you are probably upset with some of us but you have to understand this is what we expect from our heroes. We expect a hard nights work. You failed two nights ago. And we erupted.
Some folks went so overboard they demanded that President Joe Dumars trade you at the end of the season. They are eating their words today.
Now the city erupts again. It erupts singing your praises. You gave this town hope again.
Now it all boils down to one moment and one game.
You were not the only hero. Ben Wallace played with great energy. Rip Hamilton kept his cool long enough to score 23 points against ball hawking Bruce Bowen. And though Billups did not shoot well, missing 10 of 16 shots, he came through with big buckets to keep the Pistons inches ahead of the Spurs.
Now the Pistons are 10-0 in elimination games which is a true indication of your character. You guys are not perfect. You complain to the officials too often, you go through long stretches without a basket and you lose your composure when things look ugly.
But you find a way to give yourself a chance at the belt again.
Sometimes it is very difficult to explain the Pistons. You cannot put a finger on why they win, why they soar at just the right time.
But when you've got an enigma like Rasheed Wallace leading the way why should we be able to explain this?
Sheed Happens. That is why the Pistons live another day.
If Sheed Happens one more time then all will be forgiven.

53 Comments:

Anonymous Mike V. said...

all is not forgiven, the series could be over.
Sincerely,
Mike V and all detroit sports fans

12:32 AM

 
Blogger Wimzcal said...

As I was watching the win, it was hard not to think that the Pistons should be celebrating the championship tonight, not just celebrating the game 6 win.

When they win game 7 all will be forgiven for Sheed, if they lose the city will remember for a loooooong time.

12:36 AM

 
Blogger Ian C. said...

I thought 'Sheed would have to score 78 points to avoid being Detroit's version of Bill Buckner. But hey, win Game 7 and another championship, and we fans can forgive a whole hell of a lot.

12:52 AM

 
Anonymous Mike V. said...

ian,

I'm picking the Pistons...because.....ummmm.......because nothing has made sense this series and I'm just going to say it's gonna continue. This team is tough as nails and I quit predicting things with them.

Pistons 98-Spurs 13

I'm done.

12:54 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta make sure Doug Karsch picks against the pistons, its our only chance! LOL

1:12 AM

 
Blogger tensilver said...

All I can say is the tension for both teams in game 7 is going to be unbelievable.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/050617&num=0

by the way, did you read Scoop Jackson's comments the other day? Racism at it's finest.

3:48 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

You are right big mike. Notice the correction in the opening and final graph. You are a good man. By the way do you know we are streaming now on AM 1270 the sports station? Now all of our fans from around the world can listen.

4:26 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Hey Mike.
You picked Spurs in 6. You cannot change your mind.
lol

4:27 AM

 
Anonymous Brian said...

Sheed came through. I'll say what I said here yesterday, win or lose i'll still be rooting for my boys.

It's interesting that people in the last week (especially after games 1 & 2) demanded Joe D to trade Ben and then a couple days ago, Rasheed. I don't know if we would be in finals if it wasn't for both of them. People around here have to stop over-reacting after ONE loss and actually have some respect for the other team.
Even if the Pistons don't pull it out on Thursday, please people, be proud of your team.

Bill Walton, SHUT UP. You're nothing but a bandwagoner who states the obvious. How does this guy have a job?

7:21 AM

 
Anonymous brad said...

Bill Walton, the John Madden of the NBA.

7:32 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Brian,
People do overreact. I could not believe the trade talk. Lets assume the Pistons would have lost the series in five games. Do people realize this is the NBA Finals? You don't trade key pieces in their prime unless they become disruptions and want out and are hurting the team. Lets go back many years ago when Pistons fans were impatient with the Pistons. They wanted to trade Isiah Thomas for Ralph Sampson. Now would a disaster that would have been.

8:05 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike V, have you been converted?

Are you turning into a pistons slappy?

Just gotta make sure Doug Karsch picks SA to win on thursday, like he has the rest of the games detroit has won.

8:19 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Listen to Mike on our show today from 10-1 p.m. on AM 1270 The Sports station. I think Pistons fans will find a new convert. I don't want to give too much away. But I will give you a hint. He loves to use the terms ball bag and nipples. And its not Little B.

8:21 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

Leave it 2 mike to put a wet blanket on a party. Now Terry you know us regular bloggers put it in perspective with Rasheed and game 5. Or let me speak for myself and say I have. As i watched and listened to the game I will say this I am glad that we are thru with those refs Dan Crawford and Ben Salvatore. I am not one to blame refs but they really took the cake I am glad that team held there composure. I picked the pistons in 6 but had to change it to 7 because of the game 5 lost. Check the past blogs. Also Is it me but the spurs looked scared. I wonder if they got nervous when they noticed the pistons were not flustered. I also wonder if Duncan is really tiny tim incognegro Check the blogs that Terry posted on Tiny Tim. Last thing Mike stick to your pick of the spurs. You jumping could be bad luck hahahahha. Also Fans IT is high time we gave the team and Larry Brown pound for pound his due regaurdless of the outcome.

8:52 AM

 
Blogger dt said...

Come on Mike, you're not the voice for ALL Detroit sports fans...... yet ;o)

You're also forgetting the schizophrenic part of this team. If Sheed doesn't gaffe in Game 5 and we win that game to go up 3-2, there is no way we win a Game 6 clincher last night. We would 'relax' once again so that the "backs would be against the wall"

This thing was destined from the start to go to a Game 7. Sheed's meltdown will forever be in Detroit sports lore, but let it go bubba - all his teammates have.

8:57 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

I'm just glad to see that Ben can take a charge without all the over-exaggerated flopping.

His game is showing signs of improving.

9:03 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

The Spurs biggest problem is their poor free throw shooting. It always has been and always will be.

This series would be over if they could hit free throws. They beat themselves.

9:07 AM

 
Anonymous Mike V. said...

Terry,

Take all that you know about the NBA and throw it out with this team! I'm not even surprised anymore.

Game 7

Pistons 92-Spurs 13

See you all at the parade.

9:14 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

The TV ratings for this series are in the toilet. Even going to a game 7 it does not seem to be compelling to the average Joe.

Only the fans in TX, & MI and die hard NBA fans are watching.

I keep thinking to my self, what has been compelling about this series?

The answer is nothing. It hasn't been boring. But it certainly hasn't been compelling.

My most memorable moments:
1. Horry's shot
2. Eva Longoria in the stands.
3. Bruce Bowens half-time expose'
4. Rip Hamilton complaining about Bruce Bowen.
5. Tim Duncan's free throw performance

9:38 AM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Mike is predicting the Pistons to win and he will be at the parade.
Look for the Italian guy with the speedos and Tommy Bahama shirt.

9:38 AM

 
Anonymous jumpinjak said...

What are you talking about right way - Game five was arguably the best Finals game in the last 7-8 years....A game seven for the first time since 1994....This series has been very compelling...

9:54 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

jumpin jack...

To me, game 5 was very competitive, however, going into game 5, there was nothing compelling about it. The oustcome was compelling but by that time the audience was calling hogs.

For me a die hard NBA fan, I will tune in. For the average Joe, there was nothing to get them to tune in. Therefore, it was not compelling.

10:31 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

The real right way your changing themes first you say spurs will win in 5 or 6 then you dog out Billups. Now your dogging out the series and now your blaming free throws. The spurs are scared and missing free throws at home is a sign. As far as the ratings well let;s see it is not Like Duncan is the most exciting guy also the league brought this cancellation of season garbage. Plus the look at the times the games came on hell most folks work.

10:35 AM

 
Blogger the sports dude said...

I for one agree that I am glad to see Danny Crawford go. For the record, just so I don't sound like a cry baby, I really think the refs have done a admirable job calling this series. But damn, why the hell does Danny Crawford hate the Pistons so much? I posted about it on my sports blog, so I am not going to rehash it here. All I will say is, good riddiance Danny!

Next, take away the brain freeze by 'Sheed with 5.8 left in game #5 and this series has been all Pistons for four straight games. Whoever this "real-right-way" is, saying the Spurs beat themselves, sorry the Pistons have just been better. Missed free throws mean one thing - choke! Sorry, just ask Chauncey - he has only missed two free throws in the fourth quarter all series long. To say the Spurs beat themselves pisses me off, that is about it.

The Pistons were better in the first half of game #1, disappeared at half time and lost their composure because Ben drew a charge on Manu and it was called a block. That "gimme" to Manu and the tech on Ben that followed gave the Spurs game #1 and game #2. So, the Spurs have been better in a quarter of game #1, all of game #2 and 5.8 seconds of game #5. If I do my math correctly here, there has been 6 games, 48 minutes each plus five of O.T. That is a grand total of 293 minutes. You take out the quarters I said above and you are left with 227.2 minutes that the Pistons have been better. I don't think the Spurs beat themselves that much, do you?

Oh, and one last thing here to end my novel, if the Pistons win game #7 (still a big if, I love them but I am being real here!) isn't ironic that we will have another five game sweep like last year? Take away the first two games from this series and that's what you got - only 5.8 seconds kept it from being that way again!

Later.

10:35 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

Wait a minute Terry I remmebr you picked the spurs in 6 as well. So you and Mike stick to your guns.

10:37 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

billionaire,

The Spurs will win game seven. The fact is they missed free-throws... They beat themselves. The Spurs have never shot well from the line. That's a fact.

Sportsdude

You are a little mixed up. Game one , the Pistons got off to a good start but only scored 3 more points than the Spurs in the first quarter. The rest of the game that got out played.

Speaking of game 5. Not sure which game you were watching but, the Pistons got beat. They should have been beat easily in regulation, again look at the game it was close through out, free throws decided that game as well.

Get a grip Sdude, the Pistons have been better in 2 games. San Antonio has been better in 2 games and 2 games have been close. In those two games Tim Duncan has been pathetic from the line.

That's the bottomline.

11:05 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

Terry,

I'm listening via streaming audio. This is great.

Now to the point. I can't believe all the crybabies calling about the officials. I thought Detroit was supposed to be tough. It seems like it is a city of punks and crybabies.

This team will never shake its image of being the crybabies of the league.

11:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

real ruptured way:

Pistons in 7

and if you find yourself choking on the words "world champs" take that big piece of poop out of your gullet.

11:26 AM

 
Blogger hitman said...

Just as The_Real_Right_Way will never shake the image of being the crybaby of the Terry Foster blog.

11:26 AM

 
Blogger dt said...

real_right_way:

In one of your posts today, you referred to yourself as a "die-hard fan of the NBA."

Man, I don't think you are a fan of anything. Lighten up and enjoy what's happening just a bit.

There's a big difference between keeping it real and being absolutely negative and right now you're nothing but a buzz kill.

11:36 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

terry can i get some feedback from you on this? what if san antonio throws a lot of double teams at chauncey? do you think we will be able to win without chauncey scoring and hitting some big threes?

11:38 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

hitman or dt..
.
Have either of you been listen to the inferno this morning?

Caller after caller still complaining about the refs. I know it hurts but it is reality. People can't stop crying. I saw a number of calls that went in the Pistons favor through out this series.

Come on, don't get mad at me, get mad at the crybabies that make give this team its reputation.

11:53 AM

 
Blogger dt said...

Yeah, I'm listening. Mike made it a topic of discussion right out of the chute and people are commenting on that. It's not like the officiating has been the #1 topic on everyone's minds today.

But I'm talking about things like:

Pistons didn't win - Spurs lost.

If Duncan plays better, Spurs win.

This series is boring.

Chauncey sucks

Ben's a flopper

Ben's a thug and we wouldn't be here if he hadn't hit Artest in the chest

Do I detect a theme here ??!

12:00 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

I never said the series was boring. I said it was not compelling to the average Joe..

I never called Ben a thug. I said he should get the MVP for assaulting Artest.

I never said Chauncey sucks. I said he is not a real point guard and that he could get his teammates going.

Are you telling me that Ben doesn't flop?

Also, I did say if Tim Duncan hits his free throws this series is over. That's a fact.

12:10 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

dt.

Please tell me that the referees have not been a central theme amongst the Pistons and their fans through out the playoffs.
.
Am I just making this up or what?

12:12 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

down with real_buzz_kill!

dt don't waste your breath - he's hopeless. calls himself a fan of nba but i can't image this guy praising the pistons under any circumstances, just looking for a way to spin it against them.

I am thinking he's a lakers fan, cause I have run into a few lately. They cannot wait for the Pistons to go down. Doesn't matter if they win 2 more titles, when they finally lose these guys will say it was all a fluke.

12:13 PM

 
Anonymous Nathan said...

Are you kidding me?

If the Spurs beat themselves with free throw shooting, than the Pistons really beat themselves even more with free throw shooting. Look at the fucking stats.

Games 3-5 the Pistons heavily out-did the Spurs at the line.

3 and 4 make no difference, because they were complete and utter annihilations. Free throws didn't make the difference in 3 and 4.

In game 5, the Spurs won anyways, so had they made their free throws on par with the Pistons, they'd have won, it just wouldn't have taken a 3 in the final 10 seconds. And we all know the W is what matters -- not how you get there.

In game 6, the Pistons barely shot better than the Spurs from the line. Even so, the Spurs had more overall points from the line. Had they shot on par with the Pistons percentage-wise, they'd still only been 2 points closer, which does not equal a win.

You can argue and spew more bullshit, but look at the box scores -- those are the facts.

If you can play the card that the Spurs beat themselves with free throws in games 3 and 4, I'll say that the Pistons beat themselves in game 1 and 2 with free throws. It's all a bunch of garbage that holds no weight if you actually check the numbers.

1:53 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

nathan...

Help me here, who said games 3 and 4 were lost because San Antonio missed their free throws? Not me. You may want to read before you stick your foot up your ____.

I did however say that this would be over if the Spurs, more specifically Tim Duncan would have hit his free throws. He missed free throws at critical times of game 5 and 6.

My point in game 5 was they should have won in regulation but again missing free throws pushed them into O.T..

Duncan shot 4 for 11 in game five. The Spurs shot 57.1% The Pistons shot 82.6%. Do you even know how to read the box scores?

2:18 PM

 
Anonymous J said...

Real Right Way...if and buts...if the Spurs has made their free throw they would have won....no kidding...really profound on your part. They would have won if they had made more shots from the field too. Isn't the Pistons ability to shoot a high percentage from the line and make clutch free throws one of the things that makes them the Champs? Oh, and Chauncey...27 assists and 3 turnovers in the last 4 games....I guess he really isn't a good point guard. I would much rather have Tony Parker, the turnover waiting to happen.

2:53 PM

 
Anonymous Nathan said...

Yes, I read the box scores. My point being, it was a game THE SPURS WON ANYWAYS. AHGHHGHGHG!

As I mentioned, in game 6, had the Spurs shot the same percentage as the Pistons, they only would've had 2 more points.

End of story. If you're going to say it would've been a Spurs win in game 6 if Duncan makes his free throws, than I'll say it wouldn't have been if the Pistons made all of theirs. That's my point. The Pistons won the game, fair and square, and in totally legit fashion.

You have a difficult time giving credit where it's due. At least when the Spurs play significantly better than the Pistons (games 1 and 2) I wasn't making excuses.

Man up and admit when you're wrong. They play 7 games to make sure the better team wins.

3:05 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

j.
You tend not to have turnovers when the only pass you make is to a guy coming off a double screen curl.

Chauncey is one of the best in the game at the free throw line. I never said other wise. He is a great shooter. That doesn't make him a great point guard.

He is great for LB's system. I do happen to believe that most point guards would be equally as effective in LB's system.

3:06 PM

 
Blogger hitman said...

Come on fellas no use arguing with a hater (TRRW). Leave him alone and allow him to wallow in his misery as Chauncey continues to drop dimes and bombs. Chauncey's play speaks for itself and any 'true' NBA diehard will recognize and respect that he has been the best player in this series...by far. Chauncey Billups, win or lose, 2005 Finals MVP? It would be a shame if it goes to anybody else...

3:46 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

hitman,

You remember these comments you made.

"Tayshaun Prince is going to lose the series for Detroit. Seriously has anyone regressed more from the regular season to the playoffs. He wouldn't even get away with his weak junk in the WNBA."

The only thing worse than a hater is a bandwagon hater.

Get on the wagon and stick it up...way up.

4:55 PM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

nathan,.

I'm sure your following comments were not an excuse.

Nate said....

"As far as officiating is concerned, I do have a question for you Terry, considering that you've been covering basketball a long time: when did the NBA quit calling traveling?

Wade and ESPECIALLY Ginobili are probably the worst at taking steps."

4:59 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

jumpnjack.
If you have no interest in either team this has not been a compelling series. Games 5 and 6 were compelling. The others had no suspense whatsoever. I believe that led to lower ratings in additin to no big star playing in this series.

8:05 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

The right way,
pistons fans have been very disappointing. All they do is complain about the refs. This has turned into a city of cry babies and sissies and I am a bit surprised. The other thing is Pistons fans keep saying no one respects them despite nearly have the media picking them to win this series.

8:08 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Here is the thing about doubling Chauncey. Someone else would step up. I am sure the Pistons would manage if the spurs try to trap and double team billups. Then you give the ball to Prince who can run it from the top from time to time.

8:10 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

The NBA stopped calling traveling for Michael Jordan. didnt you notice?

8:11 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

The Real Right way, Now I believe the pistons will game 7. The Spurs showed something to me and that is they are scared and nervous. I saw it in Tiny Tim eyes. You seem content to blame free throw shooting how about the pistons and Ben wallace the team has been known to miss at times even Chauncy except for when it counts most (which is a sign of a winning team) down the stretch. Look for Rip to have a huge game I think he has figured out bowens also look for Larry to really exploit Chauncey on Parker also I think the team is prepared if they switch bowens to chauncey

8:20 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

T Foster I partially agree and disagree. You know I always keep things in perspective and I have never blamed the refs but Last night I watched the game with my blinders off and the refs did lean towards the spurs way. As far as the respect thing I could care less. It is nice to see that your acknowledging the lack of competition in the first 4 games I think it that is the biggest reason. Had the games 5 and 6 been games 1 and 2 the ratings would have been much better maybe not as high as last year but much better. Are you insuating that Tiny Tim is not a star or that he is as boring as dry paint or John Kerry ( i did vote for John) Plus Terry you fail to acknowledge the times the games come on

8:27 PM

 
Blogger hitman said...

TTRW-

Bandwagoner? Hahaha, is that the best you got? The oldest and weakest comeback ever played. Since when has calling out a player for bad play been considered bandwagoning? If thats the case, Terry shame on you for calling out Sheed....you....you....bandwagoner!In your world I pity every team because their coaches NEVER stay on board.

8:50 AM

 
Blogger The_Real_Right_Way said...

hitman...

I guess we will call it weak-on-weak crime, as I thought your "hater" comment was equally as weak.

11:09 AM

 
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10:36 AM

 

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