Why Colonel Sartoris?

Allow me to explain the puzzling title. Colonel Sartoris is William Faulkner's greatest character. He exemplifies those values that his society cherishes, namely tradition, patriarchy, courtliness, and courage. Though modernity's slow march tries to strip him of these things, Sartoris continues to live as he always has, knowing that "the past is never dead. It's not even past." He seeks order in the honorable folkways and mores of his forbears. Let us not forget his example.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hey, East Coast Media--this is NOT Miami's to lose

First comments after the game: "The Heat really put themselves in position to win after the first half . . . ."

First shots after the game: a camera following Lebron into the locker room.  For quite a while.  Before interviewing Durant, or commenting on Westbrook's stout performance.  No, no.  The media (specifically, ESPN) has set its wheels in the suppositional rut that this championship belongs to Miami, and no performance can force the talking heads to take another course.

It was a seven-point lead at half, and there's no doubt that Miami could have won that game.  But there is another half of basketball left to play, and it was definitely not Miami's game at that point.

The more compelling storyline--were I a writer/anchor and then could/should take sidess--is the small-market vs. large-market team, youth vs. experience, David vs. Goliath angle.  But I guess that the superstardom has blinded the media elites from seeing other stories, from seeing it a different way, from looking at this with objectivity.

So go Thunder.

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