This is my once-every-four-years blog post about NBA
referees and why nobody should ever suspect wrongdoing or outright incompetency
about Bennett Salvatore or Dan Crawford or any of the other fine men in gray
that officiate NBA games.
All future griping about NBA officiating will be referred to
the World Cup governing committee known as FIFA.
Anybody who has watched any of the World Cup – and I
confess I actually watched the American games and a few others, which should be
grounds for giving up my basketball writer’s card – has seen that
soccer refereeing is infinitely more inept and archaic than anything the NBA or
the Mavericks have seen go wrong.
Missing a foul doesn’t seem nearly as important in a
game where there are 200 points scored as missing a goal in a game where there
are two goals scored…maybe.
What kind of integrity does soccer have these days?
If the NBA took a shot from Tim Donaghy, then what does
soccer have to say for itself when the simple act of instant replay could have
made a difference in several matches over the last couple of weeks.
Let the hooting and hollering begin.
Or, if there’s no outrage, then we can assume what
most of us have always known.
That soccer is irrelevant in this country. As great as
Dempsey and Donovan have been, there sport is page 9 material for all but a
month every four years.
If the ball went in the basket and nobody counted the two
points, I can assure you there would be a lot of fallout in the NBA.
In soccer, there seems to be none.
For that, the NBA can be thankful. At least fans care enough
to be outraged about it.