I didn’t buy my wife flowers for Valentine’s Day.
That was a pretty big mistake.
I didn’t apologize, and tried to justify my actions by both claiming it was a “Hallmark Holiday” and then explaining Al Capone and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to her. Clearly history would be my champion in justifying why I was right – my wife knows she married a history buff after all.
That was a really big mistake.
So I’m writing this post from the couch Valentine’s Day night, where I will be sleeping this evening. Rather than dwell on my monumental mistake, I will indulge my love of history and use it to guide today’s walk down #NarrativeStreet.
To start, did you know Valentine’s Day was originally February 15th? In the year 496, Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.
Not interesting at all, you say?
How about these fun facts about February 15th, and how they relate to tonight’s Goliath 14 game slate:
-In 1932 US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics, as he also won boxing gold in 1920. Talk about versatile. Speaking of versatile – the NBA’s walking triple double faces a New York Knicks team that needs Michael Jordan to come in a mediate their dysfunctions. If NBA players were Olympic Medals, Russell Westbrook would be gold.
-In 1950 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX begins broadcasting. This was roughly the last time Spurs coach Greg Popovich smiled. With his Spurs traveling to Orlando tonight, the San Antonio bigs may be able to provide their coach something to smile about as the Magic just dealt Serge Ibaka, leaving their interior softer than Charmin. Add in a Dewayne Dedmon #RevengeGame, and we’re in business…
-In 1973 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak. Speaking of losers, THE NETS PLAY TONIGHT!!! And we get a juicy #RevengeNarrative with coach Jason Kidd, who held the reins for Brooklyn in 2013 and 2014. Want a little more narrative action in this one? It’s Greek Heritage Scarf night (I swear to God, that’s a thing…) in Brooklyn on the night Giannis Antentokounmpo comes to town. I’m not one for hyperbole, but if this isn’t the best spot for any player in the history of any sport, I don’t know what is.
-In 1978 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. A mountain of a man facing seemingly impossible odds against one of the best in the world? I’ll bite. #BoogieNarrative
-In 1992 100th episode of “Cops” airs on Fox. While Detroit may not carry the “Bad Boys” moniker any longer, they were certainly bad earlier this week against Milwaukee. Bounce back against the Mavs?
-In 1993 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Rochester NY on WNVE 95.1 FM. The King of All Media lost part of his Big 3, but still excelled with the help of Robin. Expect the NBA’s King to follow suite as he plays without part of his Big 3 for the next few weeks.
Via Stat muse, Lebron without Love:
-In 1996 Bill Belichick is fired by the Cleveland Browns, finishing his Cleveland coaching career with a record of 36-44. Talk about your all time back fires… Clearly the Browns missed out on one of the greatest coaches of all time… tonight, don’t miss out on Juancho Hernangomez. Kenneth Farid and Darrel Aurther have both been ruled out tonight against the Twolves, so fire up Hernangomez. No Juan will regret this play.
-In 2016, at the 58th Grammy Awards, Best Album was awarded to “1989” by Taylor Swift. No narratives here. Just a reason to insert this gif.
Follow us on twitter @NBANarratives to tell us what we missed, and best of luck tonight!