It seemed apparent on Saturday from the crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings in Hiram that we’ve got some sports fans in town.
The hostess on duty there gave yours truly an estimated wait time of an hour around 9:45 p.m., and while the food there is of good quality, I think it was obvious why the place was packed: a winner-take-all basketball game and a boxing match featuring one of the world’s top fighters.
The former event saw the Miami Heat earn victory in game seven against the Boston Celtics, setting up the best-of-seven match-up against the Oklahoma City Thunder for the NBA Championship. A Heat victory would give LeBron James his first championship ring.
The Heat’s victory was of course a blow to Celtics fans, but perhaps not as strong as the blow felt in the boxing world, as Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao by split decision despite Pacquiao landing more punches, the Associated Press reports.
Boxing fans and sports experts may be talking about this one for a while. According to Yahoo! Sports, two of three of the match’s judges favored Bradley, giving him the victory, though several sports journalists at ringside scored the match in favor of Pacquiao.
Oddly enough, the two sporting events Saturday were related: According to Sporting News, Pacquiao—a Celtics fan—made sure that he would see the entirety of the game his team was playing in before stepping into the ring to face Bradley.
Now that you’ve had time to think about these two outcomes, tell us:
Do you think the judges’ decision should’ve gone to Pacquiao, or did they make the right call? How do you feel about the Heat advancing to the Finals? Will LeBron go down in the history books, or will the Thunder keep the crown away from “King James” for another year?
Give us your take in the comments section below, but please, don’t come to blows or draw a technical foul.
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