Saturday, November 03, 2012

Hollywood Beginnings

A Los Angeles team spends a ton of money to acquire a pair of star players. Sky-high expectations turn to disappointment as the team fails to gel immediately. Sound familiar?

The Lakers are now 0-3 in the Dwight Howard/Steve Nash era; the Dodgers went 6-12 after signing Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett (they would end up going 18-18).

What is it about the L.A. sports scene that causes such dysfunction? Are star athletes like star performers, beholden to the first impression of the opening weekend box office?

Common sense tells us if we lower our expectations, we lower the pain of failure. But in this city of blockbusters, we can't think any other way. Go big or go home. Go Dodgers! Go Lakers!


Dusty Baker said...

All that being said, this is Title Town. It all seems to work out in the end.

Lakers: 11 titles (in LA)
Dodgers: 5 titles (in LA)
Kings: 1 title
Galaxy: 3 titles

And in the NFL... (cries)

Hideo Nomo said...

'51 Rams and '83 Raiders.

Dusty Baker said...

I know...I just got upset that we don't have a team or teams any more.

Hollandsworth said...

meh, I've never seen an LA football team (I think the Raiders moved back to Oakland the year I was born).

and i was raised a SuperSonics/Thunder fan. so the Dodgers are the only real LA based team i really support.

Edward Shore said...

It's because you can't buy championships! It is frustrating that my hometown (Los Angeles) hasn't learned this lesson yet.

Please Kings, Galaxy, and Angels (they were born in L.A.) don't make the same mistake.

Jason said...

But what about the Clippers?

Oh, right.

Edward Shore said...

You are absolutely right, Jason. Please forgive me for leaving out the Clippers.