This is the most ESPN headline in the history of ESPN. Jeremy Lin! Tim Tebow! Tim Tebow! Jeremy Lin! If Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow were ever actually in the same place and the same time, the earth would open up a chasm and swallow whole the small town of Bristol, CT and all of its inhabitants. I can't wait till October rolls around and we see "Denver Post: Jeremy Lin says he has been speaking with Tim Tebow." That will be fresh!
At this point, I'm convinced SportsCenter is merely a production of the HAL 9000.
(Pic via Brad Zahar)
"the formerly league-owned Hornets have won the Draft Lottery"
Forgot to add another thing about the draft lottery. I'm fairly sure that had another team not named the Hornets won it, this part would've been replaced with the name of another team..if the BROOKLYN (New York market) Nets win it,R yan Yoder would say the lottery was rigged in favor of a big market, in an attempt to convince Deron Williams to stay and land Dwight Howard too in order to create a powerhouse that could rival the Knicks..and obviously there's always this rich, mysterious russian tycoon owning the team which makes people who love stereotypes about Russians (as if they were all the same) suspicious.
If the Kings win you would say it's suspicious because the Kings desperately need a new arena and what better way to achieve that by landing a franchise player like Davis?
If the Bobcats win you would say it's to help the moribound Bobcats and help the league's golden child, Michael Jordan, to put together a respectable team, in turn making the team relevant in that market.
If the Raptors win you would say it's because the league wants to make their only Canadian market competitve, not to mention the whole globalization argument.
If the Blazers win you would say it's the league trying to help the Blazers to re-start from scratch by giving them another chance at a #1 pick after the bad luck that followed them with their previous #1 pick, Greg Oden.
If the Wizards you would say it's because the league wants to revive the DC market, help the team to keep Wall and make Obama, a hoops fan, happy. Not to mention the fact, by giving the #1 pick to the Wiz, they would create a rather interesting Kentucky combo (Wall+Davis), which is also the very same college team Obama picked to win the ncaa tournament. Coincidence?
If the Cavs win it's because the league wants to help Dan Gilbert to make his dream true (increasing the chances to win a title before LeBron)..and in turn making the Cavs one of the most interesting teams in the league with Irving and Davis. So it would be a way to show Cleveland fans how sorry the league is over the way LeBron decided to leave.
Do I need to go on with this non-sense or do you get my point, Yoder and other conspiracy theorists alike? Stop being so paranoid. It's annoying to anyone with a brain.
And I don't care about stupid polls..I choose to believe people who attended the drawing (so they KNOW what they're talking about) and common sense, too..like I said, too many people would've had to be involved and it's impossible to keep a secret when you have many people involved. So, with the technology there is today, something would've leaked out. But we all know most people are not smart enough to realize that and choose to see what they want to see.
"However, the stakes for David Stern and the NBA are much, much higher than ESPN."
Unknown to the writer of this article, it's several years former ref Ronnie Nunn hosts an officiating show on NBATV..ok, it's not ESPN, but it's not exactly something new for the NBA to do something like that and have a refs explaining calls. So I'm sure the whole "the stakes are high for the NBA over ESPN hiring Javie" is overrated.
"In the last year alone, David Stern has basically taken Chris Paul away from the Lakers, the formerly league-owned Hornets have won the Draft Lottery, and the Miami Heat have once again made their way to the NBA Finals to ensure monster TV ratings."
Yeah, he kept CP3 from going to the alleged golden-child team of the league, the Lakers..so much for the pro-Lakers conspiracy. The lottery thing was not rigged..ask the media and the teams representatives who attended it and witnessed the entire drawing behind closed doors (and that without mentioning the INDIPENDENT firm who oversaw the whole thing)..they're the first ones who'll tell you it's impossible to rig since they were inside that room. Plus, with the techonology there is in today's day and age, if the lottery or the games were rigged, something would leak out since there would have to be many people involved. It's already impossbile to keep a secret between 2-3 people, let alone tens of people (refs, execs, tv execs etc e-mail and phone exchanges would get intercepted, as the soccer betting scandal in Europe clearly proves) Besides, even if the league owned the Hornets, why even sending Anthony Davis, who should be a franchise player, to a small market like New Orleans, which won't make much money anyway even at its best? How the NBA at-large benefits from it? There were several other more lucrative and interesting markets to send Davis to..and how many times the NY Knicks won it? They were involved in the draft lottery several times this past decade alone and you would think they would have won at least once if it was rigged, right? so stop with the lottery was rigged thing.It's idiotic.
And the Heat won fair and square. For the love of God, the C's stopped scoring in the 4th quarter, went completely cold, while the Heat kept hitting and hitting just about anything..certainly, it wasn't Stern or the refs who magically made the Celtics miss just about anything in the 4th and made the Heat score at will. Yeah, the Heat may have benefited a bit in game 2, but the Celtics got many more calls going their way in games 3 and 4 (already forgot? or would this little fact burst your bubble?) so stop it with those against-Boston conspiracy, especially considering Boston was by far the largest market left in those playoffs. And this comes from someone who's not even a Heat fan.
As far as the whole "making a playoff series longer" conspiracy, there were just 2 game 7's in 2010 and just 1 last year...this year 4, which is not really a LOT, and in none of them it was because of the refs..rather it was because teams were evenly matched.Enough with this conspiracy crap. As an objective fan, I didn't see much inconsistency as you make it sounds to be. I just see a very hard game to officiate, a sport where there will always be fans upset since there are many subjective calls that can go either way so you are never going to please everyone. And just because you see a certain call on TV it doesn't mean refs, who see it from a total different angle than the TV one, see it the same way. You may notice it whenever you watch slow-motion replays (something, by the way, the refs don't have so keep that in mind)..many times, whenever you watch in slow-motion from a different angle, you totally change your mind about a call, which looked totally different from another angle.
And by the way, the sport with the most conspiracies (other than boxing these days) is soccer, and in this case rightfully so since there are several scandals going on. In Italy (which is where I live) both players and refs got caught fixing games in Serie A games (players made illegal bets on the games they were playing, purposely losing so that they could make money, as if they didn't make enough already since the're millionaires) and there are several investigations involging other leagues' games, Champions League games and World Cup games, and that's without mentioning the corruption within FIFA and the money they illegally received to award soccer events to certain countries over others)..so yeah, you may want to mention that before lambesting the NBA. Oh wait, you seem to be a soccer fan from your posts so better ignoring it ;)