Reflection #1: Emotional Response
The moment that has stuck with me the most over the last week, with an emotional response would have to be the news that I had read a couple of days ago about my favorite basketball team, the Boston Celtics, losing their star point guard, Rajon Rondo. Rondo was declared this week to be done for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Like many Celtics fans, my initial though was “there goes our season,” putting my face into my hands and just feeling upset and lost.
I had followed the story closely over the next couple of days and as SportsCenter and ESPN analysts talked about the situation in Boston, it was like an emotional roller coaster. One hour people are saying how the season for fans is all done, and that we should throw in the towel and keep our expectations low for the end of the season. While other analysts were saying that the Celtics have a deep enough roster that they can compensate for the loss of their star player with players that can fill the void. Only after watching a special report that had aired late at night, did the larger picture arise. Like any team, it is composed of many players, 11 players on the bench at one time. The Celtics have become a beacon of teamwork and motivation through their hard work and dedication to their fans. They (as a team) have this image that people think of when someone mentions the teams name, players faces come into mind and specific roles to the team and the fan base also come into mind. But that night, when the story aired, analysts then when on to talk about the trade rumors to try and salvage a championship season. Of course the only way to salvage a championship this late in the season to sigh some big names and make bold moves. That would entail getting rid of what the fan base has come to love about the team. Key players, like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have been on the headlines as the more probable players to be...