Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who was convicted of two charges related to betting on NBA games (some of which he worked as an official), is out of prison, pimping a […]
Germany 1, Argentina 0: final thoughts on a brilliant World Cup
World Cup 2014 is in the books. Congratulations to Die Mannschaft, and also to Argentina for a fantastic effort. It was a tournament for the ages. 11 stray observations, in no particular order. 1: […]
Nigeria 1:0 Bosnia-Herzegovina: how bad was the officiating?
Edin Dzeko’s disallowed goal was clearly onsides, but a close review of the replay suggests that it was a simple missed call. Yesterday’s pivotal Nigeria/Bosnia-Herzegovina match featured a blown offsides call that deprived […]
The NBA and the Miami Heat double-standard: the Stern Crime Family strikes again
Let’s review. This was an automatic, on the spot flagrant 2 and ejection. But this – a blindside cheap shot, a two-handed shove and some subsequent manhandling of the ref – earned only […]
David Stern–Hero or Nero?
It’s just David being David. That is—David Stern, Commissioner of the NBA, who is now accused of fixing last week’s draft. That’s nothing new for David—over the years he been called out […]
Lakers/Nuggets Game 7 preview: call your bookie because the #fix is in
Tonight, the Los Angeles Lakers will square off with the visiting Denver Nuggets in a first-round playoff Game 7 that promises to be crackling with intensity. I’m a big fan of my […]
Is ref Danny Crawford biased against the Dallas Mavericks? And why isn't the NBA smart enough to run basic statistical analyses?
The NBA assigned referee Danny Crawford to work tonight’s Dallas Mavericks/Portland Trailblazers game, touching off a series of galloping hissy fits across Greater East Texas/Shreveport metropolitan area. The reason for the unhappiness […]
Decisions, MeloDramas and the C-word: the NBA and its WWE problem
The National Basketball Association has a World Wrestling Entertainment problem. Actually, it has several problems, none of which look like they’re going to be easily solved. (And I’m not even talking about […]
NBA officiating: get me to a sports book
I’ve probably watched more NBA games this season than ever before, and those of you who have indulged my rantings in the past know I have … issues … with The League. […]
The NBA: where will "fixed" happen this year?
We watch sports for a variety of reasons. To revel in the thrill of head-to-head competition. To marvel at the athleticism. To root for the home team, in which we have somehow […]