Friday, February 24, 2006

Fuck The Pistons

History seems to be repeating itself - sort of.

Back in the late '80s/early '90s as the Bulls were beiginning their rise to prominence, the Pistons were on top of the NBA, a fierce division rival that routinely beat up on the Bulls as Isiah Thomas delivered that slimy grin, Bill Lambier's elbows sought out the nearest skull, and Dennis Rodman played with the psyche of Scottie Pippen.

Today it is much the same - sort of.

Granted, back then the Bulls had Michael Jordan and company and were knocking on the door of the NBA Finals while today's Bulls are just hoping to squeeze into the playoffs, but the point remains the same: The Pistons are back to being a juggernaut the Bulls must overcome if they ever hope to lay claim to anything of importance in the Central Division or the Eastern Conference. The road to the top goes through the Palace today just as it did back then.

So while tonight's Bulls-Pistons tilt at the United Center isn't a win-or-else situation, I certainly hope the Bulls view it as a huge game, as a chance to draw a line in the sand. If nothing else, a win would extend their little two-game winning streak, continue to establish a homecourt advantage that has been missing and keep pressure on the Sixers for the final playoff spot in the East. Besides, after being blown out in their previous two meetings, it would serve notice to the Pistons that the Bulls shouldn't be taken lightly should they meet again in the first round of the playoffs. Can the Bulls beat the Pistons in a seven-game series? Probably not, but they could at least make it interesting. Hell, they fared quite well against the Pistons last year.

So let's kick the rivalry back into gear. It would only serve to benefit the Bulls.

And if a scuffle or two breaks out just like in the old days, that would be cool, too. Here we go now.


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