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A good day after all

By Jeffery Armstrong

Tuesday started out rough for me. I had just finished moving the last of my things into my new apartment - and when I say the last of my things, I mean the big, heavy crap like a metal futon and my bed's mattress, boxspring and rails. And to top it off, I had someone help me move my futon upstairs and by the time we get it to the top of the stairs, it breaks (it was on its last leg, anyway). So we had to bring it back down and put it in the dumpster. I was moving all this past weekend by myself and by Tuesday afternoon, especially with having to lift the bed stuff by myself, I was worn down. But as I dragged myself into the shower and got ready to go to work, I started to pick up a bit because I knew I was going to be out of the office and that's always a good thing for me.

Stockbridge and Henry County squared off in a baseball game Tuesday evening and while the game was a blowout (Henry won 10-0), it was fun for me anyway. I have to agree with my co-hort Anthony Rhoads about watching the high school guys in action - it's so much fun to see high school athletes compete. I'm so glad I was able to see the game because it kept my mind active (reducing the chances of me falling asleep) and up in the press box, I had good conversations with the Henry game stats keeper and a Union Grove player's mother. I also was able to talk with a former player's father, who said his son was doing well in college, so that made me feel pretty good. And since the game ended early because of the 10-run mercy rule, I was able to actually get something to eat before going back to the office and writing the game story. Sweet!

And despite the fact that I was sneezing all evening while writing my story due to the pollen count, I actually wrote a pretty good game story. And then, the best news of all came later that evening while I was watching Sportscenter at the office late last night: the Los Angeles Lakers were ELIMINATED from post-season contention by the Phoenix Suns last night!! They are an official lottery team and I would love to see Kobe represent his team at the NBA Draft Lottery; that would be a lovely sight for me.

Good ol' Kobe, the next Air Jordan, the man who basically helped ship Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat, will be watching the NBA playoffs with the rest of the 527 NBA fans across the country. Now he can spend all of his time wondering how he got himself into the mess that's the Lakers right now and maybe he will finally tone down his incredible arrogance that made him believe he was so great. Kobe is talented, don't get me wrong, but he's not all that to me.

I've never liked the way he carried himself and this season proved he doesn't have what it takes to be a team leader. And check this: Kobe's never been named MVP of the league and he was never named NBA Finals MVP. But Mr. O'Neal was the 1999-2000 NBA MVP and was the Finals MVP three times. So I guess it makes sense that the Miami Heat would have the best record in the East and look like possible NBA champs, thanks to O'Neal and Dwyane Wade (who is a better player than Kobe, in my opinion), while Kobe and the Lakers are behind the L.A. Clippers in the standings. The Clippers!

So after a rough start to Tuesday, everything came out smooth in the end. I finished moving, I'm in a better apartment, I got to see hard-working athletes play and then found out that Kobe and "his guys" are done for the year. It truly was a great day.

Jeffery Armstrong is a sports writer for the Daily and his column appears on Thursdays. He can be reached at jarmstrong@news-daily.com .