MADHOUSE MONDAY: THANKSGIVING EDITION
Few housekeeping notes: this is a special, Thanksgiving edition of Madhouse Monday. I originally planned to have it out this past Monday, but it was a long weekend. My brother was in the hospital starting Thursday and just got released yesterday. For those of you who don’t know about my brother Malachi, retired i65 writer Joshua Short produced an Emmy nominated film about him. It’s great and if you have a few minutes, check it out. Like I said, my brother came home yesterday from something minor, but before that the days were kind of hectic.
On a much lighter note, it’s Thanksgiving, which is easily the best holiday of the year. Christmas has a great build-up, but once you open up the presents, it’s kinda down hill from there. I absolutely love Thanksgiving, especially the food. It’s literally a day to sit around and eat. I want everyone to share in the joy that I get from Thanksgiving: therefore, I’ve created a Thanksgiving survival guide.
- First thing, get in the middle of the Thanksgiving line. This way, you don’t have to pick from the remains of everyone’s first plate, but you also can still get quality choice of food. Plus, you get to see the flow of traffic – if everyone is stocking up on food, you can get yours while the food is still warm.
- I don’t know if everyone else’s appetite is as big as mine, but you gotta get at least two plates. The first plate can be used to sample and to assure you get your favorite foods. That second plate has multiple uses: it can either be your stash plate (get good food for the next day before it all runs out), your midnight snack (same concept really) or you can load up again on what you really like.
- Sweatpants are your best friend for the day. You'll thank me later.
- When in doubt, go on the more side rather than the less. I don’t know how big your families are, but food can go quickly, especially when there are multiple teenagers present. You’d rather have more of your favorite food and not finish it than to have not enough, be hungry, and it’s gone.
- You can never have too many rolls.
- Sweet potato pie over pumpkin pie. But nothing beats warm apple pie. Nothing.
- Remember, you don’t eat until you’re full, you eat until you hate yourself. And then you make your stash plate.
Wait, wasn’t this supposed to be about Bulls basketball? Yeah…let’s get started.
Game 10: Indiana at Chicago
Derrick Rose had another one of those games where it was apparent why he’s a former number one pick and former MVP. It was clear to anyone watching the game that he was the best player on the floor. However, early in the 4th, Rose turned his ankle. He seemed okay and continued to play for a few minutes, but was then held out of the rest of the game. Paul George continued to exhibit why he’s an All-Star caliber player and a true star in this league and made life for Jimmy Butler difficult on the offensive end. Jimmy ended up getting the last laugh as he had the game winning block, as well as this beautiful alley-oop.
Jimmy G. Buckets led the way in the desert, with a season high 32 points. Also importantly, Kirk Hinrich stepped up and played pretty well in Derrick Rose’s absence. He didn’t turn the ball over a ton, set up the offense well, played solid defense of Eric Bledsoe and hit some key jumpers throughout the game.
The champs came to play. Coming off a late night game, the Warriors had every right to half-ass it and pack it in. It’s an early season out of conference game that really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. And to top it off, the Bulls were out there hustling and making it hard for them.
But they’re still (!!!) undefeated for a reason.
The Warriors were the better all around team and somehow it was the Bulls who ran out of gas at the end of the game. Jimmy Butler did everything he could to will the Bulls to a win, but his efforts fell short. This is a game where Derrick Rose was sorely missed, as he’s still the only Bull that’s a consistent threat in isolation situations in my opinion.
The Bulls were able to jump out to a really quick start, opening up the game with a 10-0 lead. Derrick Rose also returned and looked solid in my opinion, contributing 17 points and this gorgeous no-look pass.
Week in Review
Most of the talk of the last week was about Derrick Rose’s turned ankle, which triggered jokes and ridicule again. Quite frankly, I’m sick of it. I hate how much people get on Rose for something out of his control. It’s not like he says, “Eh, I don’t really feel like playing the next few, let me sit them out.” He wants to be on that court as badly as anyone else. Most superstars are lauded for their gaudy efforts to get back on the court in the face of injuries; instead, Rose is mocked. I just don’t get it.
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?
Hot: Jimmy Butler
Jimmy G. Buckets has producing like we all thought. He’s put up an average of 25 points over the last four games and has been a key factor, if not the key factor, in each one of them. I have always and will continue to stand by this statement: Derrick Rose is the best player on the Bulls, Jimmy Butler is the most consistent. You know exactly what you’re getting from Jimmy night in and night out.
Jimmy Butler has been the best shooting guard in the NBA this year... He's scary tough.— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) November 21, 2015
The Bulls cannot wait for Mike Dunleavy to come back from back surgery. Snell has been ice cold lately, and it’s really a mystery why. He’s getting open looks, but just hasn’t been able to convert them. Snell’s defense has been average at best, but he’s been very disappointing as of late.
Stat of the Week:
One Thing I Think
I think I’m going to end on a Thanksgiving note. Although it shouldn’t take a specific day to remind all of us how truly blessed we are, take time to appreciate those around you, not what you have. Things come and go and while they may be a source of happiness for some, they can never truly be a source of joy. See the difference between joy and happiness is that happiness can wane over time: joy will be there even on your worst days. And for me at least, my family and those who I love give me tremendous joy. Food is a huge aspect of today and I can’t wait – especially as a college student who hasn’t had real food in forever – but the more important thing is whom you share that food with today. Those are the people who truly make your life worth living.