this afternoon, i read the news. this evening, i watched the replay of those final 3 minutes and 53 seconds. the deficit remained 12 when the scores bumped up to 77-65. and then, miami, inconceivably, went on 14-2 run and tied up the game. chicago failed to score. king james with another deuce, for the lead. mvp rose misses a clutch free throw, and fails to tie the game back up, with 26.7 remaining. this forces chicago to foul miami. bosh makes both, forcing chicago to attempt a 3-pointer to tie. the heat's defense is smothering. chicago doesn't stand a chance. miami wins, 83-80.
nearly a year ago, on july 8th, lebron announced his DECISION to play for miami this year. just prior to that, i made a conditional fifty-dollar bet with my friend (the terms of the bet would vary depending on whether lebron went to miami or chicago, the bet would be negated if neither occurred). in order for me to win, lebron in miami needed to win the eastern conference championship & go to the finals. my friend would win if any other eastern conference team defeated them (including those mighty celtics), or if, (impossible!) they missed the playoffs altogether. from a quick google, it looks like vegas would've put the odds for my bet at about 1-1. i passed near vegas last fall, i should've bet the house.
almost three years ago, i won a wager that obama would be elected. i'm not sure i'll be willing to make the same wager in the mensis penultima. but i give up too easily. there's a few minutes still on the clock.