The Jack Meyer Good job, Good effort" Award: Boston Celtics
Jack Meyer was the young Miami Heat fan who did his best to cheer on LeBron James and his teammates after their loss to Boston in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
The video clip of Meyer's good-wishes, caught by the ESPN cameras at the end of the telecast, became one of the internet's sports highpoints of 2012. While viewers may have initially thought Meyer was insincere, he left no doubt that his passion was legit. "For those people who thought I was being sarcastic, you're wrong," Meyer said. "I was being enthusiastic. I was saying the truth. I would never hurt the Heat's feelings like that."
Boston's 94-90 victory left LeBron and the Heatles on the verge of extinction. The 44-hours between the end of Game 5 and start of Game 6 was filled with speculation on the future of Erik Spoelstra and James in Miami once the Celtics eliminated them from the playoffs. The end of James and the Heat dynasty was upon us before it started. But LeBron showed at the Garden in time to dismantle the Celtics in Games 6 and again in Game 7 back in South Beach.
The Celtics left their fans exclaiming "good job, good effort" when the season was finished. The Celtics earned high praise for their "grit and balls" during and after the postseason given the fact that they made to a Game 7 against the eventual champion Heat.
The summer brought the end of the Big Four as Ray Allen took his ball and went to Miami. He's dead to us (professionally of course) until further notice. After Allen left town, the dirty laundry between him, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers was hung out across Causeway Street for all to see. The Celtics began the season with only four players from last year's final roster and are a work in progress at 14-13 after their 93-76 Christmas Day rout of the You-Can-Take-The-Nets-Out-Of-New-Jersey-But-You-Can't-Take-The-New-Jersey-Out-Of-The-Brooklyn Nets.
One game over .500 about a third of the way into the season and Avery Bradley set to comeback?
You might say: "Good job, good effort."