Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Someone explain to me...

How is this is a foul...



and this isn't

And people wonder why I hate the NBA. I'm fine with the refs swallowing the whistle for off the ball stuff in the final couple of seconds. I'm fine with the ref not calling a foul in favor of an offensive player careening out of control in the lane desperately hoping to draw contact. But how can you not whistle contact against a guy with ball in his hands trying to hit the game winning shot from a relatively set, stable position?

You know why no one cared about Donaghy throwing games? Because at least that made sense. At least we could all say, "Oh no wonder he sucked. He was on the take". What logic or reason is there behind this no call? We are left to posit and speculate as to why the NBA might possibly want the Lakers in the finals and not the Spurs. I hate the conspiracy theory stuff, but geeze, sometimes it almost is the simplest explanation. Without it, I'm forced to assume that a multi-billion dollar corporation with global reach merely hires incompetent boobs to fill one of the most important roles in its operations (and no that's not a Violet Palmer joke-though it could be).

The kicker is...I don't even care about these teams. It just pisses me off on principle.

Links:
CHFF contributes a couple of fun links. The first is utterly juvenile (but freaking hilarious).
The second reviews the worst franchises in NFL history. There are lots of Colts ties to be found (check out New Orleans, Houston, and Tampa Bay)
John Clayton thinks the Colts are prepared for an uncapped 2010.

16 comments:

Kevin said...

damn it! i remember watching that terrible call when it happened. the possibility of spurs v. pacers in the finals that year maybe made the league pull some "stunt" to win back fans to the NBA/get a big market team into the NBA Finals that year because of the strike that shortened said season? oh well...another bad memory in the lore that is the pacers inability to win a championship despite having very good teams.

Deshawn Zombie said...

It was the single worst call of all time on multiple levels. It wasn't a foul. It wasn't in the act of shooting. The official would later say that he instantly knew it was a bad call even as he was making it. For reasons I can't fathom, he lacked the courage to stop himself. The Pacers won game 5 and instead of being up 3-1, they were tied and would lose in 6 games. I bang my head against the wall every time I see that play.

Shake'n'bake said...

Just go with it. Do you really want to see the Spurs in the finals, again.

Deshawn Zombie said...

Honestly? Seeing as how Manu is the pride of my adopted country and Kobe Bryant is a rapist (how do people forget this?)....

Yes. I want to see the Spurs in the Finals.

Anonymous said...

Go back and look at the officiating in the early 80s when the NBA had to have the Lakers or Celtics in the finals for the league to earn a profit. The game became a wrestling match because Bird, McHale and Parrish were too slow to play Dr J or Bernard King.

Only no grabbing and pushing allowed against Larry or Magic.

This latest call was all about the jersey.

Stan

paul said...

Still going with kobe as a rapist?

Jesus.

DZ said...

Generally speaking, raping someone makes you a rapist.

Paying off a victim to settle out of court doesn't mean the act didn't occur, and it doesn't make him innocent. It is really difficult to watch him play basketball, because every time I see him, I think, "Hey, that guy is rapist".

Shake'n'bake said...

Yeah we had one of those playing basketball at Iowa. He wasn't well liked.

Don't forget the 4 million dollar ring he gave his wife to make it go away at home. He really needs the Andre Kirilenko agreement. That would have been a lot cheaper (although it probably doesn't cover rape).

Andy said...

The most odious part about the whole Kobe rape saga was the day the case was dismissed and Kobe's lawyer came out and said, "Kobe still feels the sex was consensual but understands that she may not feel the same way."

Guilty.

JC said...

David Stern has sold his soul to Satan to ensure a Celtics-Lakers Final.

Despite your allegiance to an Armenian small forward with a bald spot and pretty much no game at all, the rest of the world doesn't want to see the Spurs.

They want rapists...and so do I.

Sidenote - I think my phone is tapped.

coltsfanawalt said...

It looks like league officials are agreeing it was a bad call and owning up to it now. A little too little too late...

And Kobe is a rapist.

And the Spurs are awesome, but this year is finished now.

Anonymous said...

One more win baby....

JC

Bob M. said...

Ahhh! I knew it: JC is biased against men with bald spots! That's why he hates Dungy! (and for the record, I have all my hair still, plus a few extra volunteers sprouting out of my ears.)

Back on planet Earth, the wikipedia spoof of Brady was titanic.

Anonymous said...

Anyone see Coach Belichick sitting court side with some other guy's wife last night?

Straight up bombshell.

JC

Deshawn Zombie said...

A bombshell for most guys. For Hoodie it's just a normal Wednesday.

Jesse said...

THANK YOU. I was SCREAMING at the TV about that call that WAS made. There isn't a more hilariously scripted make-believe transparent crappy organization like the NBA referee's.

What a joke. The NBA wants me to feel better about referee's after the Donahue thing....why?