Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Comparing the NBA Finals to the Stanley Cup Finals

This past February, I compared the Superbowl to the Stanley Cup Finals.  But now seems like a good time to compare the NBA Finals to the Stanley Cup Finals, since both are occuring right now.  Take a look:

Stanley Cup Finals: Players wear protective gear to gaurd against injuries, since hockey is such a physically demanding sport.
NBA Finals: Players wear sleeveless jerseys to show off their tattoos and two drops of sweat they actually worked up between fouls every six seconds.

Stanley Cup Finals: Zdeno Chara is the tallest player in the NHL, at 6'9".
NBA Finals: Zdeno Chara would be listed as a "small forward" in the NBA at 6'9".

Stanley Cup Finals: Two games of the Stanley Cup Finals are broadcasted on the Versus network in the U.S., a network most people north of Virginia have never heard of.
NBA Finals: All seven games of the NBA Finals are broadcasted on ABC in the U.S., a network every American is familiar with, except those south of Virginia.

Stanley Cup Finals: Boston is in the Finals for the first time since 1990.  They haven't won a Cup in nearly 40 years.
NBA Finals: Boston is actually not in the Finals, but Boston and L.A. are the only teams that ever win the NBA title.

Stanley Cup Finals: Tim Thomas, the Bruins goaltender, laid a clean check on Henrik Sedin in Game 3.
NBA Finals: Well, basketball has no goaltenders, but if an NBA player threw a check as Thomas did, he'd be banned from the league for a year.

Stanley Cup Finals: The NHL has crazy hockey bloggers who compare the NHL to the NBA and try to list all of the things that are wrong with the NBA, such as the NBA.
NBA Finals: The NBA has crazy idiots who try to promote the NBA as a good sport.  Apparently, they work for ESPN...

NBA Finals: The championship trophy will be presented to the winning team by a commissioner who spent most of his early career working for the NBA.
Stanley Cup Finals: (see "NBA Finals")

Stanley Cup Finals: Water cooler conversation has vastly focused on immature behavior, such as Burrows biting Bergeron and Rome nailing Horton.
NBA Finals: Water cooler conversation has vastly focused on immature behavior, such as players touching each other.

Stanley Cup Finals: Several players have been accused of diving and/or embellishing penalty calls.
NBA Finals: NBA players have been nominated for Academy Awards for their acting.

Stanley Cup Finals: The 2011 NHL playoffs have been exciting to watch.
NBA Finals: The 2011 NBA playoffs have been exciting to watch, then the games begin.