Big Lead Sports Bar

7/23/2007

The Best of Tim Donaghy's Game Fixing...in Video Form

ESPN.com's Bill Simmons, long an outspoken critic of NBA refs said this about the Spurs-Suns Game Three in this year's playoffs:
The Spurs were favored by four, with an over/under of 200.5 -- after San Antonio prevailed, 108-101, thanks to Amare Stoudemire playing just 21 minutes because of foul trouble.
Congratulations to Greg Willard, Tim Donaghy and Eddie F. Rush for giving us the most atrociously officiated game of the playoffs so far: Game 3 of the Suns-Spurs series. Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington and Violet Palmer must have been outraged that they weren't involved in this mess. Good golly. Most of the calls favored the Spurs, but I don't even think the refs were biased -- they were so incompetent that there was no rhyme or reason to anything that was happening. Other than the latest call in NBA history (a shooting foul for Manu Ginobili whistled three seconds after the play, when everyone was already running in the other direction), my favorite moment happened near the end, when the game was already over and they called a cheap bump on Bruce Bowen against Nash, so the cameras caught Mike D'Antoni (the most entertaining coach in the league if he's not getting calls) screaming sarcastically, "Why start now? Why bother?" What a travesty. Not since the cocaine era from 1978-1986 has the league faced a bigger ongoing issue than crappy officiating.
Luckily, we live in the YouTube era, and the NBA doesn't police the video-sharing network nearly as much as the NFL. That means we can show you a "highlight film" of some of Donaghy's work in game three of the series, thus solidifying the thoughts that Simmons had a few months ago. I'm sure this makes Phoenix feel much better.

4 comments:

boredinpittsburgh said...

And I thought fixing the Ewing draft was bad.

Brad said...

Next time anyone in Pittsburgh complains about being hosed by the refs, remember, you could be in Phoenix and have actually been hosed by the refs.

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

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boredinpittsburgh said...

You think Pittsburgh fans complain about the refs, sheehs you should hear PSU fans, they complain about calls from 2 decades ago.