Game Seven: Where Legends Are Born And Others Are Solidified

I hate Game Seven. Anyone who has ever talked sports with me knows this. The Godfather of the TSFJ, Dr. Jeffery Allen Glenn, does not agree with my take on Game Seven and neither does the Reverend Paul Revere. Let them tell it, Game Seven is the most action-packed, suspense-filled and greatest scenario in sports: two teams meeting at the end of the summit, deadlocked at three wins and three losses apiece with the winner of the final game standing at the end as victor.

Sometimes, Game Seven is being played for the chance to make it to the next round, while there are other times when it determines the championship. Regardless of the scenario, Game Seven is something I rarely partake in with a strong stomach. However, I realize the importance that Game Seven can have on a player’s or a team’s legacy. For some, it solidifies what we already knew about a player whereas, for others, it shows the public a side of a player or a team that the public may not have known existed. It’s rare to see that after the first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth game of a battle.

No, in order to see what certain players are truly made of, it takes being at the end of the road and seeing who is willing to go that extra mile and do whatever it takes to win. However, I’m of the belief that just because you prevail in Game Seven, it doesn’t mean one “wants it more” than the other. Instead, that’s just how things play out.

8 Replies to “Game Seven: Where Legends Are Born And Others Are Solidified”

  1. See, these performances right here are why I absolutely love game 7s. They bring out the best in competition, and we often get to see players ascend their legends to another level. All of these examples show that, and that’s what makes game 7s and the postseason so great. Excellent post.

      1. That’s really tough. I mean, game 7 against the Bucks was pure joy, watching the Sixers trounce the Bucks and George Karl’s stupid ass, but Dikembe Mutombo was almost as much of a show-stelaer as A.I.

        Against Toronto, it was almost an anti-Iverson performance, as far as from his perceived narrative as a chucker, handing out 16 assists while scoring just 21 points (yeah, just 21 …), though he did chuck with those 27 shots.

        I don’t know … I guess against the Bucks it was more of a wow performance with those 44 points and really sticking it to the Bucks. Plus, if Vince Carter makes that last jump shot with Tyrone Hill on in his face, it could’ve been for naught. Can I say both?

  2. A missed Game 7 that we don’t talk about as much as Hakeem’s Game 7 performance vs. the Knicks. Put up a 25/10/7, outscored Ewing in every game, outrebounded him and outblocked him for the entire series. Everyone remembers Starks putrid Game 7 performance, but the Rockets only lost by 6 and Hakeem anchored that win for H-Town.

    Great read Kenny, and you should go watch the new Star Trek movie since I know you’ll be out doing something else besides watching Game 7 on television.

  3. All those game 7s were good, but can’t Kobe get any love for his performance in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. That became Kobe Bryant coming out party. 25/11/and 7 with the memorable alley to Shaq.

    1. If you think anyone outside of Lakers fans remembers that as Kobe’s coming out party (even though it was), you’re crazy. Everyone remembers that as the day the Portland Trail Blazers choked away a lead and died an ugly death.

      1. Exactly. That’s why I left him off. Plus, he shot 5/10 from the foul line, which is pathetic.

        I wanted to put ‘Sheed on here for his Game Seven of that same series, because he scored 30. But he shot 2/5 from the foul line, which is unacceptable.

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