Inner child on my sleeve
Behold SBL's interview with T-Mac, to which myself, Henry Abbott and Skeets all contributed questions. Listen closely, and you'll hear Jamie look in the mirror and say "FreeDarko" three times while McGrady's listening to him.
Seriously, I got chills up and down my arms when I heard this; T-Mac might be the only player in the league who really, truly looms in my life as a mystical titan of sport. Hero, master performer, bottomless soul, and eternally unknowable, he somehow sums up an entire century of what it's meant to admire athletes. The term "FreeDarko" has now been in the presence of greatness, and I can't think of any other NBA'er who would've made me say this more. Iverson, Kobe, KG, Amare, Artest. . .all of FD's stormy touchstones intrigue us because of their imbalances and keening emphases. With T-Mac, though, all forms of worship converge smoothly at his feet.
And don't worry, the long posts will return soon enough.