Let us hope the New England Patriots aren't paranoid like the Los Angeles Lakers used to be. The Lakers were rousted from their rooms at the Ritz Carlton prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 5, 1984. Lakers center Kareem Abdul Jabbar was troubled by migraine headaches and his status was in doubt until game time. Kareem had a monster first game with 32 points on 12 of 17 shooting, and eight of nine from the free throw line. The Lakers won the opener, 115-109.
The Lakers placed the blame on legendary President and General Manager, Red Auerbach for the early morning wakeup call. Wikipedia:
Game 5 was a classic, with Larry Bird coming up with a huge game in one of the (literally) hottest games ever (97 °F (36 °C)) in the non-air conditioned Boston Garden. Game 7 was also contested in hot temperatures that hovered around 91 °F (33 °C). The score was close but the contest eventually went to the Celtics. Cedric Maxwell scored 24 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in the decisive Game 7 victory.
It is not how you start. It is how you finish.
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.