Check out this clip from last night's Alabama-Arkansas hoops game in Fayetteville. Alabama's Levi Randolph is trying to grab a loose ball, and in the process, he throws a pretty vicious flying shoulder block at ESPN's Jimmy Dykes. Dykes goes down, Randolph doesn't get the ball, and ESPN gets a monitor destroyed. A job well done all-around. Thankfully, neither Dykes nor Randolph was seriously injured during the play.
Take note of Brad Nessler continuing to commentate after his partner just got leveled. "Jimmy just took a charge...you alright, partner?" Fantastic. Alabama would go on to win the game 79-68 to smash another nail into Arkansas' NCAA tournament hopes. The freshman Randolph would finish with four points in 32 minutes for the Crimson Tide and Dykes showed a big "valentine" to take that bump.
It was bad form on Rome's part. Just because there are people that think the holocaust was a hoax doesn't mean you have to address it. If Rome actually believes the NBA is fixed then he shouldn't cover the sport. If Rome doesn't think it's fixed then he has no obligation to ask that question. But you also have to remember, Rome is NOT a journalist just because he talks about sport. Rome is a commentator/analyst/talking head, but not a journalist.
Also, the idea that "a majority of fans thought it was indeed fixed" is a little skewed.
DS wasn't propping up SAS, he was insulting JR by putting JR down to SAS's level. DS was being sarcastic when he said he was going to call SAS and that SAS is important. I think the author of this post is divorced from the reality of what took place in that exchange between JR and DS. The way JR asked that question was insulting and not how a respectable journalist would have broached that topic. That was a clown question, bro. JR was putting on a cheap thrill/trick to get a soundbyte, and what he got was an undressing by a man much smarter than himself. There is a reason JR got punched in the mouth by Jim Everett: JR is a self important d-bag and he is disrespectful. The author admits DS had every right to call that question ridiculous, but then the author says DS should have responded to JR by unilaterally putting into action a new plan while calling into question the referees (which was never a part of the DS/JR exchange). Does the author realize the teams agreed to the draft lottery procedure? Does the author realize DS would risk prison time for fraud for fixing the draft lottery? Does the author think Ernst & Young would risk its reputation so the NBA Commissioner could implement his diabolical plan every year? Is this author seriously comparing the DS/JR exchange to a hypothetical conversation between SVP (a respectable and respectful journalist) and Roger Goodell? I respect this blog for calling out the b.s. that spews from the mouths of talking heads. The fact this guy has JR's back here is pretty disappointing.
I'd like to see an analysis on this site of the blow-by-blow jabs from DS and JR and see who won the argument similar to the Twitter fights they have done in the past. DS had about 7 or 8 good ones and JR had 1 (flopping is a cheap trick comment). DS > JR in this debate, hands down.
@BlogAndTackle thanks. That was brutal. But I agree with your point. They sure do have different styles.
This was the day most people realized David Stern held on to power too long. The NBA's teams need to encourage him to retire.