(The Onion.com website, 2008)
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He had more or less admitted to me that this part of his job left him cold. ‘It’s the same thing every day,’ he said, as he struggled to explain how a man on the receiving end of the raging love of 18,557 people in a darkened arena could feel nothing. “If you had filet mignon every single night, you’d stop tasting it.” To him the only pleasure in these sounds — the name of his beloved alma mater, the roar of the crowd — was that they marked the end of the worst part of his game day: the 11 minutes between the end of warm-ups and the introductions. Eleven minutes of horsing around and making small talk with players on the other team. All those players making exaggerated gestures of affection toward one another before the game, who don’t actually know one another, or even want to. “I hate being out on the floor wasting that time,” he said. “I used to try to talk to people, but then I figured out no one actually liked me very much.” Instead of engaging in the pretense that these other professional basketball players actually know and like him, he slips away into the locker room.
Averaging just four points per game in this year's playoffs, Battier was certainly not expected to have 28 minutes on court in Game Seven - more than he played in the first four games of the Finals. "The basketball gods - I believe in basketball gods and I felt they owed me big-time. I had a bunch of shots in San Antonio that went in and out," he said. "I know I am a better shooter than my numbers put up. A lot goes into it - I thought I had some open looks in the last two games and when I have open looks, I expect to make them - and I did," he said. Battier's performance mirrored that of Mike Millers in last season's title-clinching game when he scored seven three-pointers to sink the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The display left Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praising the perfect attitude Battier took to being left out of the action. "He was smart enough to know that sometimes it is about match-ups and in a series things change. But he is so important to what we do that eventually he would get his chance again - when he did, he made the most of it. "The guy has won at every single level - high school, college, pro and that's not a coincidence. He has something running through those veins that separates him, makes him a little bit different as a champion." It was a Battier three, early in the third quarter that gave Miami a four-point cushion, setting the tone for the second half and igniting the crowd and another of his trademark long-range baskets that made it 88-82.
Dwyane Wade, who claimed his third NBA championship with Miami, having been part of the 2006 title-winning team, said Battier's display epitomised the way in which the Heat's supporting cast had made a key contribution. "In Game Six it was Ray Allen with the big shot and obviously last year Mike Miller had an unbelievable performance," he said. "Shane hadn't hit a shot since I don't know when but tonight he was unconscious. He's just a big-time player. You want that for Shane so bad. "He is going to go down as one of my favourite team-mates of all time just by being the guy that he is. And we needed it. We needed every inch of what everybody gave".
To the untrained eye, Bonanza Creek forest in Fairbanks, Alaska is breathtaking, a vibrant place alive with butterflies and birds, with evidence of moose and bear at every turn. But look through forest ecologyist Glenn Juday's eyes, and you see a dying landscape. Since the 1970s, climate change has doubled the growing season in some places and raised state temperatures 6 degrees in the winter and 3.5 on average annually since 1950, says Juday, a professor at the University of Alaska. Drought is killing spruce, aspen and birch trees. Alaska has emerged as the poster state for global warming, the climate effect attributed to higher concentrations of "greenhouse" gases- mostly carbon dioxide created by burning fossil fuels- that capture the sun's heat in the atmosphere. Global warming is a hot topic, especially now. Hurricane season begins soon, and climate researchers warn that rising ocean temperatures may bring more intense storms. Ex- vice president Al Gore is back in the news with his acclaimed documentary on warming, An Inconvenient Truth. President Bush, who has been criticized by environmental groups that say he has been slow to acknowledge the dangers posed by warming, said last week that "people in our country are rightly concerned about greenhouse gases and the environment."