Re: How is this possible?
posted at 4/3/2012 6:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: How is this possible?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: How is this possible? : Oh I wish that I was as confident as you, but I am a realist and know better. Go Green GO Celtics!!
Posted by Snoopsnizzle[/QUOTE]
I grew up in a segregated Deep South, four blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, in Gulfport, Mississippi. If I believed all the rhetoric about how inferior my people were to other people, I would have never gone to The Ohio State University on scholarship coming from where I'm from. I've had a career and retirement from Federal civilian service. Enough history. I'm realistic enough to know (as I often assert to my students because I now teach) that you can accomplish anything only
if you think you can. Speaking of which, C. W. Longnecker expressed many years ago now, in "You Can If You Think You Can." "If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you like to win, but you think you can't, it is almost certain you won't. If you think you'll lose, you're lost. For out in this world we find, success begins with a fellow's will. It's all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are, you've got to think high to rise, you've got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But soon or late the man who wins in the man who thinks he can (emphasis added)
It is my gut feeling that there is not one
Celtic in their locker room that believes they cannot win it all. And there is certainly not one who believes because you are a "realist and know better" that they should throw in the towel when they play Western Conference teams, or any other teams for that matter. In fact, in Doc's interview after Sunday's game when the reporter asked him about the win giving his team confidence they could beat the best (obviously not verbatim), Doc expressed there was no lack of confidence they could beat any team.
Moreover, in 1968-69, following your thought process, Bill Russell and the Celtics should have just given up in game 7 and let the Lackers drop all those balloons in celebration of their forthcoming win. After all, the Fakers were the prohibitive favorites and the Celtics only finished 4th in the weak East. Wouldn't a realist just give in to popular perception and just give up? Bill Russell did not lack confidence and the Celtics believed they could win. And you know what, they still do! And so do their fans