Week of May 27, 2016

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Wednesday in the Bay Area.


Old Athlete Says Something Smart, Makes Headline

Bless you, Larry Bird. I am so, so tired of retired athletes grousing about how their sport was so much better back in their day. This is especially true in basketball, where for whatever reason each generation increasingly seems to feel that succeeding generations are garbage. Recent examples making news include Oscar Robertson and Scottie Pippen. The 2015-16 Warriors (RIP?) seemed to especially be a lightning rod this season – attracting old basketball player criticisms like flies to shit. Enter Larry Bird – NBA Hall of Famer, one of the five to ten greatest players of all-time.

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Yes, that Larry Legend singing the praises of the modern NBA, as not only high quality of play, but entertaining, too.

“It’s funny how the game has changed, and my thinking about it. I was really worried—back sixteen, seventeen years ago—that the little guy didn’t have a spot in the N.B.A. anymore: it was just going to be the big guards like Magic Johnson. But then players started shooting more threes and spacing the court, and everyone wants small guards now. Watching these kids play now, I’m like everybody else: Wow, man. They can really shoot! They have more freedom to get to the basket. The ball moves a little better. These kids are shooting from farther, with more accuracy. Now some teams shoot up around thirty threes a game. My era, you always think that’s the greatest era. But I’m not so sure anymore.”

Hot damn, was it ever refreshing to hear a great, retired basketball player say something nice about the current era. This quote appears in an article considering a deeper, four-point shot. Which is a friggin ridiculous idea. But it does make me feel old – because I do now understand old-time basketball fans feel when they complain about the three-point shot, something that pre-dates my basketball consciousness, and is therefore entirely natural to me. But four-points? FOUR? That’s just stupid. Now get off my lawn! -TOB

Source: Two of the World’s Greatest Shooters Consider the Four-Point Shot”, Charles Bethea, New Yorker (05/20/2016)


Know When to Hold’em: Sharks in The Stanley Cup Finals

It’s served as a marker of my earlier days in California: Come May, all was right with the world. The days officially longer, baseball in full swing, and the inevitable playoff run of a San Jose Sharks team getting bounced out of the playoffs after a strong regular season. While nowhere near the run of other “cursed” teams like the Cubs or Browns, for over a decade the Sharks found ways to under-deliver to the point where I would take the easy way out and make comments like, “Thornton’s just not a winner,” “They’re not playoff tough,” and so on. Well, the Sharks are in the Stanley Cup Finals, and what’s most surprising is they resisted the urge to blow up the team. Cornerstones Joe Thornton and Patty Marleau, both with 18 years in the NHL, have faced their share of criticisms, and both have been stripped of the captain’s badge, but they’ve always been excellent performers. While their respective roles on the team have shifted, they’ve remained at the heart of a strategy to bring the cup to San Jose. Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky puts it this way:

“But what makes the Sharks such a fascinating roster is that they’ve had so much regular-season success, even preliminary playoff success, with the same players for years now. Marleau, Thornton, Pavelski, Couture, Vlasic, Burns: they’ve been through this and kept running up against that hump. The stars finally aligned to get over it—or at least partially.”

That takes a lot of nerve, especially in the sports age in which we find ourselves. We never criticize the team for re-tooling, even after the re-tooling needs a re-tooling. Sometime the best plan of action really might be to stick with it and dance with the girl that brung ya…even if she has a narsty (emphasis on the r) beard. – PAL

Source: The Sharks Are In The Finals, Finally”, Barry Petchesky, Deadspin (5/26/16)

TOB: The most important point Phil touched on, I think, is how amazing it is that this core of players is still together. The NHL is not as financially prosperous as the other three major sports, because the TV money is not at the same level. So the NHL has imposed a strict and severely limiting salary cap. It is very difficult to keep a good team together in the NHL. And the Sharks have been a good team, despite the playoff disappointments. There were rumors that management was ready to break up this core many times. And they’re all still here, and it finally came together, seemingly out of nowhere. I haven’t been a real hockey fan since the 90’s – there’s just not enough time and hockey didn’t make the cut for me. But I did watch Wednesday’s game, with my brother-in-law, who is a huge Sharks fan. It was a lot of fun. Go Sharks!


Obligatory Oakland Story: One Reason Why I Like Harrison Barnes

Now that I’ve lived in Oakland for two months, I’m ready to post my first pro-Oakland story.

I’ve had a soft spot for Harrison Barnes ever since hearing him on the now-defunct “The Champs” podcast (thanks for the rec, Rowe). Barnes comes off like a “regular dude” who happens to flash NBA All-Star moments. I like that he’s from Ames, Iowa, that he is a comedy nerd, and – generally speaking – seem like normal, inquisitive dude. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he was the Warriors player that flipped the tables on local journalist Marcus Thompson II and asked to learn more about Thompson’s upbringing in East Oakland.

As Harrison explains to Thompson. He wanted to learn the real backstory from the journalist and the place both of them now call home:

“And I don’t want the bio, something where you just put in all that weak stuff,” Barnes said. He continued explaining his inquisition of my origins. “Why does it have to be the media guy gets in trouble, or something tragic happens in their family, for you to get to know some of these media guys’ personal story? Like Craig Sager, everyone knows his story. But before he got sick, how many people knew him? I just feel like it doesn’t always have to be to that extent before you get to know somebody.”

While the Warriors face an uphill battle to try to get a W in Oklahoma and push the series to a Game 7 in Oakland (you heard it here – Warriors win this series. OKC plays tight on Saturday, and the Dubs win an instant classic at Oracle in Game 7), and while Barnes’ future with the Warriors is very much up in the air (restricted free agent at the end of the year and will get overpaid), it’s cool to see a player reach out, learn about a journalist and the community he’s called home for the past four years. – PAL

Source: Trading places: Warriors’ Harrison Barnes investigates Marcus Thompson’s Oakland roots”, Marcus Thompson II, The Mercury News (5/22/16)

TOB: As Phil said, I like HB – he seems like a regular guy who happens to be tall and good at basketball, and he doesn’t allow that to change who he is. But he’s been a ghost for most of these playoffs. The Warriors need him to step up huge to have a chance in this series. Fly, Black Falcon! Fly! Ca-caw!


Video of the Week: Wait for it…


PAL Song of the Week: Merle Haggard & The Strangers – “Mama Tried

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“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I’m just a caveman. I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW.. and run off into the hills, or wherever.. Sometimes when I get a message on my fax machine, I wonder: ‘Did little demons get inside and type it?’ I don’t know! My primitive mind can’t grasp these concepts. But there is one thing I do know – when a man like my client slips and falls on a sidewalk in front of a public library, then he is entitled to no less than two million in compensatory damages, and two million in punitive damages. Thank you.”

– Cirroc, Esq.

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Week of May 20, 2016

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Steph Curry Is A Heartbreaker

Steph Curry breaks hearts. Not just the guy who’s trying to defend Curry, or even a team with 2 of the 5 best players in the NBA. He breaks an organization’s heart, and all of their fans’ hearts, and any fan of any other team in the NBA. When he goes off like he did in Wednesday’s third quarter, he makes it really hard for anyone rooting against the Warriors to believe they have a chance over the course of a series. There’s a metaphysical element to it, a collective expectation that every shot he takes – no matter how insane – is going in. That’s why he’s the most valuable player in the NBA.

 

While LeBron, Durant, Westbrook can dominate, they don’t disprove your faith. You say things like, “LeBron got it going”, or “Durant couldn’t miss”, both of which imply that the great “it” won’t sustain, that the beginning of the next game signifies a fresh start, and LeBron will have to get “it” going again. There are gaps for faith (or perhaps delusion) in our opposition of other superstars, but not with Curry. The next shot is going in, whether it’s the next possession, the next game, the next year. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it. While I don’t have a stat for the impact of the metaphysical on the outcome of actual events, I believe it to be completely and utterly at work. Patrick Redford’s story on game 2 crystallizes this point:

“In purely basketball terms, a seven-point deficit quickly ballooning into a 20-point one makes coming back significantly harder. But don’t discount the psychological damage Curry’s bombarding tendencies come with. It has to be incredibly demoralizing to set up an entire defensive scheme to limit the damage one 6-foot-3 dude can cause, only to watch him set fire to it all in two minutes. Curry seems like he frustrates and discourages those who he blazes through, and that has to have an effect on team chemistry and belief. How do you keep fighting back against someone who scores so quickly and persistently?”

I guess it should also be noted that it doesn’t hurt to have a the perfect cast of role players and all-stars around Curry. – PAL

Source: Steph Curry Will Extinguish You Before You Even Realize It”, Patrick Redford, Deadspin (05/18/2016)

TOB: Tip of the cap to Phil, who just crushed that one. As he mentions, it doesn’t hurt that he has a great supporting cast. But Curry is, as they say, the straw that stirs the drink. During that third quarter on Wednesday, I texted Phil: “When the Warriors are rolling like this, there’s nothing better in sports.” It’s the most entertaining thing going, and we are all #blessed for being able to see it.


Kings’ and Sixers’ Official Twitter Trade Jokes; Both Funny

This requires some quick background: In 2015, the Kings and Sixers made a trade. As part of that trade, the Sixers had the option of swapping draft position with the Kings in 2016. On Tuesday, the NBA Draft Lottery was held. The 76ers won the #1 pick. The Kings got the #8 pick. Shortly after the results were announced, this from the Kings’ official twitter account:

Amusing! Less than an hour later, the Sixers’ twitter account responded:

Oh, SNAP! -TOB

Source: Kings Ask 76ers to Swap 2016 NBA Draft Picks; Philly Hilariously Responds”, Staff, NESN (05/18/2016)

PAL: My lady has a favorite new joke: Whenever I call she answers with, “New phone who dis?” She laughs and laughs. Every time. It’s gone from random, to funny, to a little tired, to really funny. Seriously, try this the next time a loved one calls. It’s so satisfying.


Jed York: Poor Little Rich Boy

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I loathe Jed York, so I love this story. Tim Kawakami is a longtime writer for the San Jose Mercury-News. A few years back, before Jed ripped the 49ers from San Francisco and moved them to strip-mall-haven Santa Clara, Kawakami tweeted that, if the 49ers finished Levi’s Stadium in time to open the 2014 football season there, he would buy Jed York lunch. It was likely a throw-away joke. Writers say stuff like that often. But the 49ers did open 2014 at Levi’s, and Jed cashed in the bet, even though it wasn’t really a bet because Jed did not have anything on the line to Kawakami. And where does Jed have Kawakami take him for a meal? Chipotle? Subway? Quizno’s? Some other perfectly Santa Clara lunch spot? No. Oh, no. Not Jed. In fact, he doesn’t make it lunch at all. They go to friggin French Laundry in Yountville, at $700 per person. Is Jed magnanimous? Nope. In fact, he sticks Kawakami, a sportswriter, with the bill. And he also makes Kawakami pay for Jed’s wife, for a total bill of $2,100. Kawakami told the story this week on a podcast and said:

If I thought Jed was sticking it to me, I’d almost be okay with it. I don’t even think he knew. I don’t think he knew what $2,100 means to a sportswriter who didn’t inherit a billion-dollar team.

My first thought was, “Well, there must be another side to this story. Surely, there must.” But then Jed York released the following statement:

“The bet took place two years ago and Tim has never shared his concerns about the dinner with me,” York said. “I am happy to speak with Tim one-on-one so we can all move forward.”

Nope. ifThis rich a-hole just decided to make Kawakami pay $2,100 because that is what rich a-holes do. Note that Kawakami also made the bet to Matt Barrows, another writer who covers the 49ers. Barrows was also present at that dinner. Barrows paid for himself.  Jed, you are the worst. -TOB

Source: Jed York Made Tim Kawkami Buy Dinner for York and His Wife at the French Laundry in 2014”, Grant Cohn, Press-Democrat (05/17/2016)


No Haggling with Legends: Bud Grant’s Annual Garage Sale

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For the past 11 years Bud Grant, 89, has a garage sale on his birthday. His garage sale is sort of a big deal. Thousands show up, and there are strict rules:

  • The garage sale begins at exactly 5PM on Wednesday, signified by a coach’s whistle
  • No haggling
  • An extra $20 will get you an autograph on what you purchased

Bud Grant is all Minnesota (U of M grad, lived there for decades), and he also coached the Minnesota Vikings for 17 years (1967-83, 1985), took the team to 4 Super Bowls (0-4), and was enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1994. He lives in a regular, rambler style home in Minneapolis and holds the garage sale because, well, that’s what normal people do. He sells old shit to help out his family and fund his retirement. What was for sale this year? “Got some canoes this year,” Grant says. “And paddles, and all sorts of fishing equipment. You want fishing lures? We got fishing lures!”

But – hey – leave your negotiation tactics in the minivan. “There will be no discounts. Almost none, anyway. ‘The prices are as marked,’ he said. ‘I don’t discount. I tell people, If you don’t want to pay the marked price, you must not want it very much.”’

Also, TOB – Bud’s a pretty great name for a little boy. Just saying.  – PAL

Source: Bud Grant’s Annual Yard Sale: ‘We Got Fishing Lures!’”, Peter King, MMQB (5/18/16)

TOB: Hell, my neighborhood had an organized neighborhood-wide yard sale last weekend. You should have come by! There may not have been a Hall of Fame coach, but there are a lot of people who have lived here for decades and undoubtedly have some cool stuff.


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PAL Song of the Week

Pearl Jam – “Smile


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-G. Belson

 

Week of May 13, 2016

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Tax Dollars At Work: $63M for a High School Football Stadium

I love sports. Love them! Hell, I write a sports blog with TOB for about 12 people to read every week to share my favorite sports stories. But I think I’m growing to hate more and more the BS that surrounds sports, especially the politics around sports. To wit:

“Voters in McKinney, Tex., have given the go-ahead to spend nearly $63 million on building a high school football stadium after months of contentious debate in the suburb north of Dallas.”

What. The. F. I don’t care how well the relatively well-off town is doing in McKinney, TX (population of about 160K, HHI of about $80K), this is absurd. There about 63 million better uses for that money. High school sports are about a lot of things, but they sure as shit are not about facilities, and they should never, ever be about, “providing an economic boon by attracting regional tournaments and other events,” as Jennifer Gray, the chairwoman of Vote for McKinney’s Future, a pro-stadium group puts it. Take that money and built out the theater department. Make the Math club world class. Add 5 more foriegn language classes. How about this: Give every teacher in the district a 20% raise, and – in the process – attract better teachers.

Sports are a wonderful tool in high school; but high school sports should never be a product. I know major college sports are a business – I concede that – but high school sports…come on.  – PAL

Source: That’s Right, $63 Million for a Football Stadium … for High Schoolers”, Mike McPhate, The New York Times (5/11/16)

TOB: Sorry, I can’t argue with Phil here. This is pretty disturbing. If the funds for this were sourced by the morons who want a $63 million stadium…fine. They’d be morons. But morons can spend their money any way they like. But to force this on taxpayers, many of whom (as is clear by the fierce opposition) either do not care about football, or who do not think a high school football team needs a stadium that costs $63 million, should be criminal. Lock ’em up!


The Best Hitting Pitchers

A statistical breakdown of the best hitting pitchers in baseball. We all know Madison Bumgarner is the best because he drops bombs, and when we’re talking about the merits between a .190 batting average and a .220 batting average can we all just agree that it’s about the long ball with the pitchers? Thank you. How about this: “Since the start of 2014, Bumgarner’s eight homers at AT&T are the third-most by a righty behind only Hunter Pence (11) and Buster Posey (19).” There are a bunch of pitchers hitting stats in here, too (batting average, strikeout-to-walk ratio, and steals). A quick read to remind us all that the D.H. has got to go! – PAL

Source: “Pitchers who rake: Syndergaard in club of MLB’s top-hitting hurlers”, Jay Jaffe, SI (5/12/16)

TOB: During the recent series with the Blue Jays, Toronto fans were complaining that they were “forced” to throw RA Dickey (a pitcher, and an old one at that) as a pinch hitter (I put forced in quotes because they had a backup catcher on the bench who they refused to use). Listen up, Canadians, let me tell you what this is all aboat: FUN. God damn if seeing a pitcher forced to hit is not one of the funniest things in sports. Lighten up, fellas. Enjoy the show.


Hail, King Duncan. Long Live the Spurs!

A rarity here at 1-2-3 Sports! – I don’t actually have an article to share. I just wanted to tip my cap to the San Antonio Spurs, and Tim Duncan, who were eliminated last night by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs won 67 games this year…tied for seventh best all time. If it didn’t happen in a season where the Warriors won 73, the Spurs would have been feted, and rightfully so. They went 40-1 at home, tied for the best home record of all time. The lone loss came to those same Warriors. Heading into the playoffs, everyone expected a Western Conference Finals matchup of the two teams with the most combined wins to ever face each other…and then they ran into a Thunder team that seems to finally (finally!) be putting it all together. The Spurs looked old. The Spurs looked done.

But let me tell you something – I am no longer in the business of declaring the Spurs done. I’m out the game! I am not about that life! In 2011, they lost in the first round (as the #1 seed!) to the Grizzlies. And it was ugly, too. I said, ring the bell! The Spurs are done! The very next year they made the conference finals. The year after that they made the NBA Finals – and should have won! – before losing to the Heat in 7 games. Geeze, I said. That was a good run, Spurs. I again expected them to ride off into the sunset. And then they came back the next year, 2014, and won the whole damn thing! They smoked the same Heat in 5 games. The year after that, they lost in the first round again. Well, that has to be it. Great run, San Antonio. Boy oh boy. But the Spurs decided it’s not over until they say it is! And they came back this season and won 67 friggin games. So, like I said, I’m not writing them off. I’m done allowing them to make me look/feel foolish. And any eulogy to the Spurs you see today, ask how many times that writer wrote the Spurs off in the past. A couple, at least. -TOB


White Parents: Giving Their Kids Terrible Names For Longer Than You Realized

My god. My god. This is funny and terrifying at the same time. Phil and I actually saw this last Friday morning, and wanted to throw up an emergency post. It’s that important. Alas, we decided it would be just as funny this week. And it is. The WHL had its “Bantam Draft” last week – 14 and 15 year old kids. And the names are simply ridiculous. For example: Cael. Corson. Deegan. Jagger. Jakin. Kishaun. Oh, folks. We’re just getting started. Neithan (yes, that is Nathan). Nicksha. Bowen. And it gets better: RIVER. TIMBER. YES, SOMEONE NAMED THEIR KID TIMBER. EDGE. FRIGGIN EDGE. THEY NAME THEIR KID EDGE. JERZY. Like New Jersey, but spelled in the dumbest way possible. Mkyllan. What the hell does that even mean? How do you say that?

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I started off laughing but I’m now furious. Come on, white people! Stop this. Stop it right now! -TOB

Source: The Future of Hockey is Still a Bunch of Kids With Irritating Names“, Barry Petchesky, Deadspin (05/06/2016)


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PAL’s Song of the Week: Tom T. Hall – “That’s How I Got To Memphis

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“You can’t pause toast. It loses its essence.”

-Leon Black

Week of May 6, 2016

Bad Refs Make Bad Game More Exciting

If you missed the end of the Spurs/Thunder on Monday night, it was a doozy. After a very competitive and well played final few minutes, the Thunder were up 1, inbounding the ball in their offensive end, with 13.5 seconds to play. All hell then broke loose. Have a look-see:

What’s fascinating to me is that first Chris Webber, and then the TNT studio crew, were going bonkers over the no-call on the forearm by Waiters. Webber was especially indignant. I love Webber, but he was either trying too hard or he just lost a lot of money on the game. What I couldn’t figure out was why NO ONE was talking about the fact that Ginobili broke the plane of the sideline before Waiters gave him a forearm (and my wife can back me up on this; I was yelling about it in real time). That is a delay of game and an automatic technical foul. The NBA released its game report on Tuesday, and as it turns out, the referees missed FIVE calls on the play. FIVE. In THIRTEEN seconds. That is so bad it’s hilarious (and I love that the NBA puts out these Game Reports; it’s a fantastic gesture to the fans). But here’s the thing – that final play was so crazy, and so fun, and so memorable, that I wouldn’t have it any other way. Good job, refs. You’re terrible and that made the game better. -TOB

Source: NBA Says Refs Missed Five Calls on Final Thunder-Spurs Possession”, Kevin Draper, Deadspin (05/03/2016)

PAL: Agreed on almost all points, TOB, but my favorite part of the video is when the refs grab their blue warm-up jackets upon leaving the court while Popovich is still arguing the call:

Ref: Pop, it’s over.

Popovich: What about…did you see the forearm shiver?

Ref: I’m putting on my blue, snap-up jacket. It’s over, Pop.

Popovich: But you effed that up so horribly.

Ref: Warm up jacket, Pop. Blue. Shiny. Snaps. Go home.


The best experiment: Stat nerds play GM for an independent baseball team

Must read. While I’m not the biggest sabermetrics guy out there, I LOVED this excerpt from Ben Limbergh and Sam Miller’s book, “The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team”. Here’s the deal: Two sabermetric nerds are handed the reigns to a lowest-of-the-low professional baseball team. They have no money to play with, and they can’t target any “real” prospects (prospects get drafted; prospects don’t play independent league professional baseball). These limitations put them in quite a bind, which makes for a great story. In essence, their charter is to find the best available players (read: undrafted college seniors with no other options) to put together a team that wins now. What tools do they have at their disposal, considering all of the good players are accounted for: a statistical measurement of the leftovers. Whether you’re a baseball fan or a fan of riddles – this is well-worth 20 minutes of your time. – PAL

Source: Here’s What Happened When We Tried To Play Moneyball Without Any Money”, Ben Limbergh & Sam Miller, FiveThirtyEight (5/5/16)


Karma.

Basketball fans in Seattle had their beloved, if low-attended, Super Sonics taken from them. That sucks. And lots of basketball fans around the country sympathized with them. And then many of those same Sonics fans openly rooted for the same fate to happen to another (much more rabid and well-attending) fan base in Sacramento. Sacramento managed to hold onto their team. And just a couple of years later, Seattle was dealt a major blow in its hopes to attract a team and/or be awarded an expansion team, as the city council voted down a measure to grant a large plot of land near the Port of Seattle to billionaire Chris Hansen. That, Seattle, is karma. Eat it. -TOB

Source: Seattle’s Efforts to Bring Back an NBA Team Just Took a Significant Hit”, Patrick Redford, Deadspin (05/03/2016)

PAL: “The Port of Seattle says that an arena in the SoDo neighborhood would saddle their roads with traffic, gentrify the neighborhood, and make it much harder for working-class longshoremen to live near the port, but as Sawant notes, the Port is plenty shady in their own right (here’s a summary).” Before you pick sides on this issue, click on the link above to get a snapshot of how the Port of Seattle really treats the “working class”. Bullshit of the highest order. Is it me, or do professional sports complexes create the perfect storm to bring out the ugliest in local politics?

TOB: It’s not just you. Here’s a letter from a lawyer, already under investigation (allegedly) sexually assaulting a client, to the female members of the City Council (all five women voted against the deal; all four men voted for it). What a disgusting human being.


Hack-A-Rodman: The Birth of Hack-A-Shaq

The issue has provoked heated debate over the last few seasons. On one side are those who feel players and teams should not be pardoned for their horrid free-throw shooting. On the other are those who cannot stand to watch as a game comes to a halting stop when a player gets fouled over and over.”

Back in 1997, something that has become commonplace in the NBA was born. We all know the term “Hack-a-Shaq”, but it was conceived to disrupt another household NBA name: Dennis Rodman. The mad scientist behind it: None other than Don Nelson (most NBA wins as a coach and not a title to show for it). Whether it’s good or bad for the game is up for debate, but here’s the story of where it all started. – PAL

Source: The Birth of Hack-a-Shaq”, Andrew Keh, The New York Times (4/30/16)

TOB: As a basketball fan, I’d like to consider myself a “purist”. But this has got to go. Free throw shooting is the worst part of the game. And at the most base level, a sport should always strive to be entertaining. That’s all it is, really: Entertainment. And when a sport loses sight of that, and chooses some notion of purity over entertainment, you have lost your way. The NBA has made all sorts of dumb rules to ensure entertainment – the unimpeded to the basket rule is one example. So let’s stop being cute – if an obviously intentional foul is committed away from the ball, it should be two free throws and possession. Or the offensive team can select their free throw shooter. Problem solved.


PAL’s Song of the Week: Kevin Morby – “Dorothy”

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“Trying on pants is one of the most humiliating things a man can suffer that doesn’t involve a woman.”

-L. David