The Wall Street Journal’s show-breaking study on smaller basketball officials and how their size affects their work is all well and good (http://on.wsj.com/1ukEK9w), but it is clearly a load of staff meetings (which is corporate for “crap”) if you ask the NBA.
Nevertheless, the study found that each additional inch in height per crew resulted in .017 fewer personal fouls per 48 minutes. That means the shortest crew, at 8 2/3 inches shorter than the tallest crew, calls .147 fouls more per game, or a 3.6% increase from the league average.
Then they hypothesize that if they could study the number of technical and apply their weight metric, they might find out if there is a Napoleon complex among your smaller officials. “One’s height vantage point should play no role in technical foul calls,” they write. “But aggressive, controlling behavior via the Napoleon complex may.”
Here’s hoping Joey Crawford condemns them all to death by beheading.
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And yes, the world would absolutely be better with Joey Crawford as our occasionally benign but mostly despotic overlord, and if you do not understand that, you don’t deserve the freedom you think you have.
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DC United, the mostly woebegone MLS franchise that is trying to get county approval (read: money) for a $300 million stadium, has friends in high places – specifically, in the county officials. The day before a study on the stadium was to be publicly released, the council announced the report would be kept private and the hearing delayed until after Election Day. The Washington Post reported that the study has been finished for weeks (http://wapo.st/1tFwPlM) and seen by councilpersons. But rather than release it last Tuesday, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson pushed back the release date until Wednesday morning, with a hearing to follow immediately.
After the election.
It is things like this that make me feel good about the San Jose blue-ribbon committee Bud Selig created from dinosaurs, unicorns, yetis and tooth fairies. At least it never produced anything it needed to hide, which is easy to understand as things that don’t exist cannot create things that do. That is, unless Morgan Freeman has been lying to me all this time.
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Madison Bumgarner can’t find the truck he won for being World Series MVP? No surprise. Truck thieves have always been on the lookout for “technology and stuff.”
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The folks at the Spanish-language site Futbolsapiens.com have given us the solution for Thursday NFL games. The Simpsons.
Via Who Ate All The Pies, Rayo Vallecano fans are upset that their team was forced to play on a Monday for television reasons, stayed out of the stadium for the first 24 minutes and their section was replaced by banners of Simpsons characters saying impolite things about their team and the overarching greed.
In other words, here where we do TV, I’m all for stuff like this – fighting TV with TV. It’s kind of like a debate show where the audience is the other debater.
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MLB Trade Rumors (http://bit.ly/1tFBeFs) has a mighty tool for figuring arbitration salary figures, and the most interesting of the locals is that of Yusmeiro Petit is marked at $1.6 million.
As bargains go, this comes close to Mike Trout playing for free. Close, that is.
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Brittney Griner got stabbed in the elbow by a screaming man in China while she was walking from practice to the team bus Tuesday. The wound was superficial, and one of her teammates was also attacked but the knife didn’t get through her two jackets. The man was arrested, and though we are all curious about what would cause someone to attack a 6-8 person, the news that he left the bus voluntarily and then returned to the scene covered in blood is sufficient to hate the rest of the day.
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Adrian Peterson’s plea bargain re-raised the debating point of what constitutes forgiveness in our culture, and while the concept is an entirely individual issue and we won’t proselytize to either side of the argument, we’ll just say that Michael Vick spent 23 months in jail for his crimes and has worked publicly with animal rights activists since his release, and millions still haven’t forgiven him.
Sometimes we just suck as people because we want to.
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And finally, the Aldon Smith-may-get-clemency story has died a worthwhile death, and good for him. A trip to New Orleans should never be ruined by stupid old work.
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And finally, finally, courtesy the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, this timeless quote from Adrian Gonzalez: “(The Giants winning the World Series) "makes me feel like we were a great team" because the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West.
Absolutely. I missed the Dodgers’ parade down Sepulveda Boulevard, but I presume it was a lot shorter, and Mayor Eric Garcetti didn’t speak unlike our own overmodulated Churchill impersonator, so maybe Gonzo’s on to something.