The Highest Highs And Lowest Lows

"A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting."  - Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

Can you recall a weekend that was both heart-stopping and heartbreaking?  History made in the NBA Finals.  And tragedy for a rising Hollywood star.  So how to you talk about both in one blog?  By reminding us all that for every joy there is sadness.  And for every terrible night, the morning breaks anew.  I know that sounds like a very shitty Hallmark card, but it's true.  And we all experience it.

"Cleveland, this one's for you!" - LeBron James

Love him or hate him, you gotta respect the raw emotion that NBA Finals MVP LeBron James showed in the minutes that followed Cleveland's historic game seven win in Oakland versus Golden State.  Crying openly on the floor, you could see the exhaustion and the excitement of holding true to his promise to bring a championship to Northeast Ohio.  Hell, they haven't had one (in ANY sport) for 52 years.   But think about all that "King James" has endured.  Vilified for leaving to "Take his talents to South Beach."  There... he won the NBA crown twice.  He comes home to only fall short last year.  Now, against the team that set the NBA's record for regular season wins, he leads the Cavs from down 3 games to 1.  No big deal, right?  Nah, aside from the fact that no team had done that... EVER.

"Goodnight, sweet prince.  And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."    - Shakespeare, Hamlet

You may not have recognized his name right away, but you no doubt recognized his face.  27-year old Anton Yelchin was killed early Sunday morning when he was pinned between his own car and a brick mailbox at his San Fernando Valley home.  The new face of "Chekov" in the Star Trek series reboot, Yelchin had his whole life and his whole career before him.  And to go this way... damn.  Social media is packed with photos, tributes and remembrances of Russian-born actor.  But, he sadly joins the long, long list of those in Hollywood who had tons of promise but, for one reason or another, were taken far too soon.  Rest in Peace Anton.  - MO