I care more about this year’s Survivor season than I care about the Garnett-Villanueva feud. And I haven’t cared about Survivor (not even a little bit) since the very first season, when Jervis was voted off and the nine- or ten-year old me cried tears of frustration and confusion. (Note: I didn’t really cry. I don’t want you to think I was THAT big a wuss.)
But the Garnett-Villanueva spat does nothing for me. I’ve been done with it for quite some time, since Garnett apologized to George Karl and showed that, yes, Garnett actually has compassion for real cancer patients, just not for cancerous basketball players.
That said, I doubt Garnett forgets. Actually, I’d bet my new laptop and my entire life savings (admittedly, not much) that Garnett holds a grudge with Villanueva. Even if Garnett actually said the comments (I’m still undecided on whether he did), he despises Villanueva for tweeting about them. You know what they say — what happens on the court stays on the court. Wait, they don’t actually say that? Whatever. Nobody else ever voices trash talk to the media, or through Twitter, and so Garnett holds Villanueva in disregard for staining his public image.
And if Garnett didn’t actually say the comments? If Villanueva is lying? Then KG’s grudge against Villanueva is tenfold, and his hatred completely justified.
Either way, if I’m Charlie Villanueva, I would hate to see KG’s wrath tonight. Garnett’s a lot like Fluffy, the three-headed monster who guarded the sorcerer’s stone in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. If you played sweet music in Fluffy’s vicinity, he would fall asleep, and you’d have a chance to pass by him and get the stone. But as soon as the music stopped, Fluffy became a vicious, flesh-eating beast. Villanueva should have played sweet music in Garnett’s vicinity, and then he’d have a chance. But he blew that chance by voicing his comments, and now Garnett’s a vicious, flesh-eating beast focused on nothing but defending the sorcerer’s stone — err, I mean, focused on nothing but getting his team a win, and in the process humiliating Charlie Villanueva.
There are other interesting aspects of tonight’s game, of course. There’s the always interesting “the Celtics almost traded Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen for Rip Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, and Tayshaun Prince!” angle. Then there’s the “Jesus Christ, Joe Dumars destroyed this once-proud franchise” angle, which goes hand in hand with the “Ben Gordon and the aforementioned Charlie Villanueva make far too much money” angle. I’m starting to enjoy the “please, Celtics, no January swoon!” angle, even if it’s not quite January, although the “how do the Celtics keep winning with three regulars on the shelf?” angle’s probably played out.
Which is how I settled on the “I’m willing to bet my entire life savings (aka a dollar or two) that KG destroys Villanueva tonight” angle.
If things don’t work out as planned, well, you can always blame my jinx.