Friday, June 15, 2007

Yawnfest 2007 is Mercifully Over

The San Antonio Spurs won the ever-decreasingly popular NBA Finals this year. After watching some high-tempo athletic competition at times this season, the playoffs showed the ugly old NBA once again with the teams that hack, injure, and foul being favored over finesse and athleticism. It is no wonder nobody watches the NBA playoffs anymore with scores in the 70s and 80s and people standing around for 23 seconds on each possession trying to figure out how to get to the hoop without getting manhandled.

The NBA playoffs were over when the Phoenix Suns were, when the NBA decided to suspend 2 of Phoenix' best players (for getting too far from the bench) for their most critical game after the Spurs' Bruce Bowen threw a dangerous cheap shot at Steve Nash and nearly ended his career. NBA official Stu Jackson said it was, "not a matter of fairness, but of correctness." No matter that 2 Spurs stars left the bench earlier in the game for a regular foul. At that point, the NBA cast its lot with boring, unathletic basketball where the biggest bruisers get the spoils.

And that is why they are getting the lowest ratings ever.


Swinebread said...


Dean Wormer said...

Basketball really needs to get their act back together.

That Spurs/ Suns thing you mention was just awful. A suspension like that should be clear to everyone why it was necessary to suspend the two players in question. It seemed arbitrary which just pisses off fans.

They need to bring finesse back to the game like you mention.

The Moody Minstrel said...

I think American athletics in general have been far too hung up on the "that's right, we're bad" image.

Nowadays not just dirt-kicking, but also players rushing the mound if not open brawls are a regular feature of the "gentleman's sport" (i.e. baseball). Loud grunts, thrown racquets, and trash-talking are now par for the course in "classy" tennis mainly thanks to American players.

What's worse, I'm sure most TV ratings experts would tell you that those sorts of things are what most fans of televised sports really like. Finesse? That's for "sissy" soccer players! Gimme blood, man!

Sportsmanship is dead.

Hill said...


Pretty much summed it up in one brilliant word.

I haven't tortured myself by watching such things in years. The Glory Days are long gone, sadly.

Pandabonium said...

St. Peter and Satan were having an argument one day about basketball. Satan proposed a game to be played on neutral grounds between a select team from the heavenly host and his own hand-picked boys.

"Very well," said the gatekeeper of Heaven. "But you realize, I hope, that we've got all the good players and the best coaches."

"I know, and that's all right," Satan answered unperturbed. "We've got all the refs."