posted on Apr, 30 2006 @ 07:26 PM
Re the discussion of basketball refs:
They have this attitude, much like hockey zebras in playoff games that go to OT, that they don't want to be the one to "decide the outcome of the
That's all fine and well, you know, but what they somehow fail to grasp is that by allowing all sorts of blatantly illegal stuff to go on--e.g.,
Jordan's infamous and much-discussed push-off against Utah--they ARE deciding the outcome of the game. Worse, they're altering the game's outcome in
a way that is W-R-O-N-G.
Now, I know all about feeling infuriated over a terrible call that comes right before the final buzzer, and changes the game's outcome. The year
after Jordan retired, in the Eastern Conference Finals, with the Bulls and Knicks knotted at two games apiece and the Knicks holding home court
advantage, Pippen got called for a b.s. foul with just over 1 second left and the Bulls up by one. If there's no whistle, the Knicks lose for sure
and go back to Chicago down 3-2 for Game 6. Instead, the guy makes both free throws and the Bulls, under pressure, lose Game 6 at home.
I could have killed that zebra.
BUT, for every time that happens, I think there are 50 times when a zebra "decides" the outcome of an NBA playoff game by swallowing a whistle he
obviously should have blown. And if it's not 50, it's at least 20. (Meanwhile, in hockey, what exactly does somebody have to do to cause an
OT power play in the playoffs?)
I think it's so wrong. The zebras have to call the game when it's down to the wire, not stand there like three blind rats. Although I
continue to feel the Cards got screwed worse on Denkinger's missed call at first base in the 1985 World Series, I sure understand the fury of Jazz
fans over M.J.'s pushoff, and there's no f'ing way all the zebras failed to see THAT!
Year after year, outcome-altering fouls are committed in the final minute of various playoff games, and despite being very obvious, they are not
This is an age-old problem, and while Stern's biggest concern is rightfully the game's image because of all its young thugs, he might want to have a
LONG talk with his zebras about the game's integrity.