I watched the Cavs / Magic game last night. It was entertaining and all that, but I've got a beef. How come nobody who does analysis for the NBA and most of the people who call the games can be honest about what happens? I know this is asking for a lot, these guys are born butt kissers.
Here's a perfect example. LeBron James goes to the basket with just a few seconds left in the game last night. Pietrus is guarding LB and he actually turns and runs away from "King" James, in so doing Bron Bron turns on the jets and runs over Pietrus' legs and falls down. Pietrus is then called for "fouling" James. Look, the officiating is what it is...which is bad. This is what really bothers me. Doug Collins and whoever calls games with him didn't even mention how atrocious of a call this was. Then they barely touched on Varejao tackeling Howard at the buzzer.
Ok, I'll give these guys the benefit of the doubt. There's a lot going on and they have to talk about all the free throws LB shooting and the upcoming OT. Well, there's a commercial break, so I flip over to ESPN. There is Tim Legler. The anchor then ask Leg's this: "Was that really a foul on LeBron?". And Legler says something to this effect: "Yes, I mean it was questionable, but I think it was a foul. That's a tough call." WHAT?! Was it a foul, a questionable call or a tough call? Would you please grow a pair?
I've seen top notch politicians that couldn't be less clear. I know this has been this way for a long time. Look if you believe the pundits LA and Cleavland should already be heading to 7 games of glory, I understand that. What I'm looking for is somebody that could actually be honest about what's happening. This is why I enjoy soccer commentators so much. They'll tell you when somebody screwed up. They'll rip the ref, the players and the coaches. They'll praise them too, but it's balanced. Could we get some of that please?
I know that these guys don't want to rip players, coaches or refs because they know them, but their job is to be straight forward about this stuff. It makes it unbearable to watch this game when there are people out there just lying and/or making stuff up just to make themselves feel better. I would tune into a station every night if they just had people who are honest about the game. But that's probably too much to ask.