What Happened Last Night: People Realized There Was No More Football, And It Was Sad

  • Dylan Murphy

So, did you actually take off from work yesterday? We know that petition was floating around to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday, and we know that these petitions are kind of dumb. Still, there were probably a lot of hungover people at work yesterday, which means early to bed, too. In case you’re one of those, here’s what you missed in non-football. Oh, and by the way, it’s going to be like this for the next six months – so you should really try basketball or something.

LeBron James was nearly perfect.

That a line of 31 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists doesn’t jump off the box score for LeBron is both fascinating and mesmerizing. The novelty of statistical marveling has long since faded, LeBron’s dominance having propelled the line of average to great. Except his 31-8-8 from last night against the Charlotte Bobcats came with a side of 13-14 shooting. His only miss came off a four-foot shot in the lane late in the third quarter. He also missed a free throw and turned the ball over five times, but we’re no nitpickers. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 99-94, securing Erik Spoelstra’s spot as coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars.

The Washington Wizards (!) beat up on the Los Angeles Clippers.

A Blake Griffin-less Los Angeles Clippers, but still. This was actually Griffin’s first missed game of his career, or at least since he played his first game. You might remember that a knee injury held him out of his first official season in the league, and so he did not play until 2010. And it was a Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers team too, Paul having missed the team’s last eight games and watched his team fall 4 1/2 games back of the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs. The Clippers still hold a two-game edge over Memphis for the 4th seed, so they still have some wiggle room. But drop beyond that and they’re looking at the 7th seed, with Memphis, Golden State and Denver all hovering around each other.

There was also another team in the game – the Washington Wizards – and they played pretty well. Martell Webster led the way with 21 points, and five Wizards scored in double figures in route to the 98-90 victory.

People are really sad that there’s no more football.

And they have no idea what to do with themselves.

Buck up, guys. At least you have the Royals?