Sugar, spice and everything nice.
No, that’s not what girls are made of. Those are ingredients in the cookies that the respective ladies in every man’s life are baking right now, just in time for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The 2007 NBA playoffs have been going on for, approximately, 15 months, causing non-basketball fans (read: females) to be neglected more than a poison ivy sandwich. But have the ladies learned anything about basketball during the interlude (besides the fact that the emphasis is on the second syllable in LeBron’s name)?
Can they, at least, predict the winner of the Finals?
Here are the responses of a mall full of ladies in Waco, Texas, young and not-quite-as-young, eager to discuss the fates of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs while prowling through the clothes racks at Dillard’s. Tim Duncan would be jealous at some of the boxing out that goes on during a half-price sale.
Who do you think will win the NBA Finals?
“What teams are playing? I’m not into sports all that much. I don’t have much time as it is, and watching the Finals would cut into the shows I like to watch.” – Kylie Standish, student.
“I don’t know . . . the Spurs, I guess. I don’t watch much TV.” – Ellen Smith, homemaker.
“Cleburn, of course. No, not Cleburn. That’s not what I was trying to say! I meant to say Cleveland! I really wanted Utah to win because of the guy who had the daughter with the eye problem. But I decided I wanted Cleveland to win because I’ve heard of LeBron. I think he’s cool.” – Carly Collard, student.
“The Knicks?” – Bella, shopper.
“Who’s in it now? The Spurs? Tony Parker will win MVP, because he’s the best player in my eyes. I love basketball, and I love the Spurs.” – Robin Wall, employee at the mall.
“I don’t know. I don’t watch it.” – Sheryl, biker chick.
“I want the Spurs, but knowing my luck, the Cavs will win. I’ll watch them if nothing else is on and the games are interesting.” – Claira Johnson, preschool teacher.
“What Finals is that? Which ones? I think UConn will win this year!” – Tammy, homemaker and gardener.
“I’m going for Cleveland, the underdog. I’ll watch. I like that guy on Cleveland. The one with the wild hair.” – Erin Anderson, employee at the mall.
“San Antonio will win the NBA Finals. Nash will win MVP. He’s the short, nasty, hot Mexican. Oh yeah, they’re playing the Cavs.” – Peaches Ragland, employee at the mall.
“Eww, I don’t like sports. Why would I watch?” Alicia Smith, student.
“San Antonio will win because I’m a Spurs fan, and LeBron James don’t make a team. One man don’t make team; one man makes one player.” – Felicia Tobar, student.
“I’m sorry, I do not like sports at all.” – Angela Fox, shopper.
“I don’t know a thing about it. I live with my parents, and they wouldn’t allow me to watch anything like that. They don’t do any type of sports.” – Shannon Mixon, employee at the mall.
“I watch it all the way through when it gets to the big stuff. It’s the Spurs! The Spurs should win, definitely win.” – Amanda Robertson, employee at the mall.
“The Smurfs will win the NBA Finals! Papa Smurf will win MVP! He’s awesome! I wouldn’t even know which channel it’s coming on. I have a life.” – Karen Ogle, employee at the mall.
“They’re not in the Finals yet, are they? I don’t remember the last time I watched a basketball game. I saw clips one weekend. Michael Jordan? Does he still play? I probably won’t watch. I have to work.” – Shelley McCants, shopper.
“I don’t even know who’s in the Finals. I don’t watch the NBA. I watch college ball. It’s a lot cooler.” – Brandy Jones, employee at the mall.
“I kind of stopped watching after the Rockets lost. Ginobili or Parker, that’s who I want to win. I’m going to be watching it for Ginobili, because he’s hot.” – Heather Amir, shopper.
“I don’t know who’s playing. I won’t watch unless my husband makes me!” – Angie Evilia, employee at Texas State Technical College.
“I don’t even know who plays in the NBA. What’s an MVP? I probably will be watching Lifetime instead.” – Kristen Roberts, shopper.
“I don’t plan on watching, unless my husband makes me. I’m going for the Spurs, baby! Last I heard it was Spurs/Jazz. And Cleveland. They have some good player named James. Something James.” – Casey Sandlin, homemaker.
“I don’t know. I don’t even know anything about the NBA. I guess the Rockets because it’s my home town. I don’t watch basketball. It isn’t violent enough.” – Carmen Roberts, student.
“The Spurs will win, because besides LeBron James, they have no one else to match up to any of the players. Too many weapons on the Spurs offense and defense. They’re the best. It is what it is.” – JH, employee at the mall.
“I have no idea! I’ll watch probably if my boyfriend is, but I don’t want to.” – Nickki Ballard, student.