Posted on: June 6, 2012 2:36 pm
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Aids or Age Magic should Retire

The NBA finals are approaching soon, which means that network television will have a control of the remaining NBA broadcasts.

 

I like watching the TNT crew over the ABC crew. With the exception of Jeff Van Gundy I don’t really get anything intelligent or even entertaining with the guys over at Espn/ABC.  Its absolute torture to watch. I go so far to even change the channel at half-time and set my alarm for ten minutes when I know the torture will have ended.

 

I grew up reading Michael Wilbon, and Tony Kornheiser during their tenures at The Washington Post. Love their insight and humor.  Michael is a better writer then he is a host but I’m not blaming him one bit for picking up the broadcasting check.

 

I was introduced to Chris Broussard during his coverage of the potential NBA lockout. He seemed to always have the “inside scoop”.  Overall he’s average. Does not really have a “broadcaster’s voice” in my opinion.  But he’s not that bad. Jon Barry ditto.

 

But the person who erks me is Magic Johnson. He’s the classic case of failure in the transitioning of an athlete from the jersey to the business suit. He mumbles quite often. Loses he train of thought with timely “um’s”.  And overall is just not saying anything of importance.  Not to mention he said Mike Brown would be fired if the Lakers didn’t win (he’s part owner of the Lakers). I even remember a couple years ago during the Finals he said during a broadcast that the Lakers were an embarrassment to the city of LA after getting blown out in a game. So much for being impartial Magic.  And the expressions on his colleagues’ faces when he speaks tell a lot.

 

I don’t know if it’s his age or maybe deteriorating health. I work in the medical profession so I’m extremely empathetic to sickly people.  So if this is the case I feel for him. But someone, with the power to do so, should allow him to gracefully bow out and not be made a fool of in front of millions, because this is precisely what’s happening.

Posted on: May 29, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Flip Flop: Flopping in the NBA

Watching an NBA game there are now 3 teams to look at… The Home team, the Visiting team and the officiating crew. NBA officiating has becoming a serious topic.

 

Everyone most notably Jeff Van Gundy wants to bemoan players such as LeBron James, Reggie Evans and all others who have honed their skills in the flopping department. But it’s really not their fault. They are simply taking advantage of how poor and more importantly inconsistent the NBA officiating has become.

 

I liken there strategy to the old “Hack-A Shaq” strategy used by coaches to take advantage of O’Neil’s poor free throw percentage... The tactic was very unpopular amongst many fans to not even play the game of basketball and just foul Shaq down the stretch and watch him shoot 50%. Once again it wasn’t the coach’s fault for taking advantage on the rules, but more so the rules permitting for such a thing to occur were to blame. And naturally what did the NBA do to stabilize the game... They changed the rules…

 
The NBA should take a more serious look and tone in addressing the officiating the game.  I have never officiated a game, and I can only imagine that it must be difficult. But how about the league office just simplify what it is the officials are actually responsible for:

-Stop calling fouls that you do not actually see.  So many times I see calls made from officials who have the worst observational view of a play. Did you actually see the foul or were you just anticipating a foul being committed? The instant replay as well as HD technology sometimes leave the viewer completely puzzled how certain call could have possibly be made.

-The NBA is so fond of making official reports when a player receives fines, which I’m no fan of. It brings so much light to a negative situation.  But why isn’t the ref being held accountable for making horrible that at take can determine the outcome of a game equals as a made or missed jumper.

-And quit it with the ticky-tac fouls. This is complicating the game so much. Some game are called tight, some are loose… Just let stuff go for crying out loud because the inconsistency is frustrating and confusing. 

My rant is done… I’m fine with officials officiating a game, but stop trying to take over the game down the stretch as if your name was Michael Jordan. Stop making nonsense calls like they do in Europe. And for goodness sake, whatever you do, just be consistent.

The NBA started call the game close in an effort to increase scoring which according to them would increase viewers: Look at the numbers and you can clearly see that your efforts have been a fail.       

Category: NBA
Posted on: May 24, 2012 4:12 pm
 

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ARE LOSING THEIR FLAVOR

Part of what makes a good sporting event good is the hype leading up to an event. The HYPE is what makes you want to go and see an event. All of the trash talk, the preparations, the personality of the competitors. The advertising of these elements of a competition is really what makes people come out ans watch the event itself

What’s happening to two of my favorite pastimes in the NFL and the NBA is that the HYPE is being taken away. These sports are competitive and aggressive in nature.  There’re not a "Gentleman’s game” by any means. People are exasperating every muscle in there body to manipulate their opponent to claim victory. People practice hours upon hours to perfect their game. A certain level of pride and confidence must be expected when you train for long and hard. Given this perspective I feel that things such as celebration and trash talk should not be frowned upon. Celebrations do not need to be penalized, and it’s a pure shame that is it. Sure it may look bad at times to show boat, but this should be that individual’s prerogative, and should not be shunned by a third party. Maybe your teammate, maybe your coaching staff, but to receive flags technical foul from an official? A fine from the League office? Give me a break. With anything there is always a standard of crossing the line, but this standard has been lowered to such great lengths that it’s ridiculous.

Let’s get one thing very clear. I watch sports to see my favorite athletes play their craft. Again, I pay to see certain athletes. I don’t pay to see the craft itself. I don’t want to go and see any boxing match. I want Mayweather Paccquioa  Cotto etc .. I don’t care to see Joe Blow play basketball, I want to see Allen Iverson, Tim Dunkin, Shaquille O’Neil play the game. Do you go to just any concert or any restaurant. NO. You want watch certain personalities perform a song. You want to taste a particular flavor. The manner in which leagues are fining athletes exuberant amount of money for the silliest things is really taking the flavor element away from sports entertainment.

Personality... Does anyone have one anymore? I completely understand people not acting the way that football players act on the field and NBA players act in real life. But this is sports/ENTERTAINMENT. I feel like I'm being robbed of the entertainment value by not allowing some of my favorite athletes being able to express themselves. I miss when people and teams had character.

JR Smith fined for posting a picture of a girl in her underwear on twitter? Penalizing team celebrations and or when a player “goes to the ground?” Fines for criticizing and official? I get this, but the fact of the matter is that the player are forced to give interviews before and after games… Is not a choice. SO to force someone to talk, and then restrict what they can talk about seem so backwards. And frankly I don’t care about officials, I pay money, good money at that to watch the athletes, and if a ref makes a bad call and the athlete was to bring attention to it so be it. It’s not okay to disrespect officials or anyone for that matter, but one can be critical and not disrespectful at the same time. Roger Goodell and David Stern do not want that, they don’t want you to say anything.

 

And the amount of fines is somewhat insulting as well. 20k 40k 50k… We are talking about yearly salaries over something like posting a picture on twitter.  I remember Rick Carlisle being fined 35k for accidently kicking the ball into the stands. $35,000. Really? I think that people are being fined so often that the price is commonly overlooked and treated nonchalantly. But seriously, it doesn’t matter how much certain people make, 35k is still 35k. And we are not even talking about a crime or even actions that have no explanation, meaning, warranting. A lot of the actions have justification and warranting to them.

 

That’s my rant. I wish that more people would feel just as outraged so that we could get back to the days when teams hated each other, and duked it out on the field.  Taking away the flavor of sports is causing the players to not care about the game itself but more about their own personal interest, like their paycheck. And why should they care, they’re just going to get fined anyway. Imagine if you went to a restaurant and received a meal with no seasoning. Sure it’s a meal, but it’s not the same without the flavor.

 
 
 
 
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