Gravity: It’s bringing us down

Gravity.

Man, it weighs us down, doesn’t it? I mean literally. It weighs us down.

Literally, but sometimes figuratively, too. When you’re stressed and worried, like I admittedly have been recently with this whole layoff thing, you just feel heavier. I’m heavy enough as it is without adding that to it.

Down arrows BIt’s hard to pick your head up. When you’re sitting, you need to prop your head with at least one hand. Even your eyes feel heavy. Gravity even keeps us from breathing properly. You have to really work to fill your lungs with air. Your walk becomes a trudge.

Gravity becomes an excuse. To put an obligatory sports angle on it, the San Antonio Spurs certainly could’ve used gravity as an excuse after their 113-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals on Sunday.

Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard exited the game with a left ankle injury — and gravity was certainly involved with that — and with San Antonio up 78-55 in the third quarter. The Spurs, who had led by as much as 25 points, blew it all after Leonard left and the Warriors won by two.

That was a free fall. Gravity, man.

It looks like Leonard will miss Game 2 Tuesday. You can bet there are a lot of people in San Antonio today who are feeling weighed down by gravity.

The Warriors know a little about gravity themselves and not just the kind that enables Stephen Curry’s 3-pointers to fall through the hoop so regularly.

Steve Kerr, the Warriors’ head coach, has missed being on the bench during the playoffs because of serious health problems. Kerr has had two back surgeries, including one to take care of a spinal fluid leak that left him seriously ill and suffering intense migraine headaches.

Gravity is why we call it being “down in the back.”

The gravity of our situation — so to speak — makes us less than our true selves. We doubt ourselves. We snap at people who may or may not deserve it. We steer clear of people because we think they won’t want to be around us in our present state. We miss out on friendship and compassion because we’re angry at ourselves for being in this position in the first place.

Hmm … I may be getting a little too close to home here.

Gravity. It’s bringing me down, man.

THE WEEK JUST PAST

Now, if I can lift my head just a little, here’s a look at the week just past:

  • Major League Baseball honored moms during Mother’s Day weekend and brought awareness to breast cancer by wearing pink: hats, jerseys, wristbands, catchers’ masks, shin guards, bats, everything. The whole thing looked like it was sponsored by Pepto-Bismol.
  • NBA teams are soon going to be able to wear advertising on their jerseys. Not everyone has gone along with it yet, but perhaps the most notable will be the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will have its “Wingfoot” emblem on Cavs jerseys next season. Goodyear’s headquarters is in nearby Akron, Ohio, the home of the Cavs’ LeBron James.
  • Considering how much their pitching rotation has changed, it’s rather remarkable that Dodgers starters are second in the National League in ERA at 3.53 and their relievers are also second at 2.90. Overall, they’re first at 3.30.
  • Has anyone noticed how Dodgers rookie phenom Cody Bellinger has Ted Williams’ hair?
  • Derek Jeter’s uniform No. 2 was retired at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. That takes away the last single-digit number for the Yankees. Nos. 1-9 are gone. Unless somebody is given No. 0, that’s it.
  • A rainout Saturday prompted the Yankees to play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday, with the Jeter ceremony between games. Straight doubleheaders used to be the norm and many teams scheduled them as a two-for-the-price-of-one attraction. Now, sadly, doubleheaders are played as “day-night” events only to reschedule rainouts, with separate admissions charged.
  • The Chicago Cubs had a run taken away Saturday because a runner slid beyond second base to break up a double play and umpires called the batter out at first as well, ending the inning. Manager Joe Maddon thinks the rule is lame and sarcastically added other “safety” rules that should be in place: “I think face masks should be mandatory for all hitters,” Maddon said the next day, according to ESPN. “And pitchers have been hit in the head by line drives several times, so pitchers should be forced to wear helmets.”
  • Actually, there are some who would agree with Maddon, even though he was being sarcastic.
  • It was sad to hear of the death of former major league umpire Steve Palermo, who died Sunday at 67. Palermo was shot and partially paralyzed in 1991 while trying to help two waitresses who were being robbed outside a Dallas restaurant. Through intense therapy, Palermo was able to walk again with a cane and threw out the first pitch at the ’91 World Series. He later worked for MLB as a special assistant and later as an umpire supervisor and liaison.
  • The Anaheim Ducks are one of Southern California’s least glamorous pro teams. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t entertaining. Pay attention! They’re tied 1-1 in the Western Conference finals with the Nashville Predators. Game 3 is in Nashville at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
  • SI.com reports that ESPN will have Beth Mowins call the play-by-play of the network’s late Monday Night Football game Sept. 11 between the Chargers and Broncos. Mowins is an excellent announcer and is a great choice, certainly much better than the most recent late-game MNF announcers, Chris Berman and Mike Greenberg. No woman has called an NFL game since Gayle Sierens did one game in 1987.
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