Jobbed

December 04, 2007 |

Fixed.  Sham.  Farce.  Take your pick.

I have family that swears that every sporting event under the sun is predetermined.  It drives me nuts.

Last night something sinister was afoot.  The NFL won’t address it.  They can ignore the evidence, but we all saw it live.

It’s our job as the home team to bitch and whine that we got jobbed.  What vindicates that feeling is the national outcry.  If you’ve got any doubts, check the blogosphere.

This Summer NBA referee Tim Donaghy was discovered to be involved w/ gambling.  From what we all heard and read, you’d have thought the world was going to end.  But it’s the NBA.  It’s the most subjectively officiated game outside of figure skating.  No one cared.  (Mostly because no one cares about the NBA, but that’ a different story)

Everybody complains about holding, pass interference, crappy spots of the ball, and so on.  So what’s the answer?

The truth is that there isn’t one.  Part of what we love about sports is that somebody wins and somebody loses.  And while we’d all love for that to be cut-and-dry it just ain’t so.  If you want 100% objectivity, watch archery, then again, I’m sure somebody there has performance enhancing arrows…

 

What’s the bottom line?

The Ravens represented on Monday Night Football.

They’ve got a higher draft slot than they did coming into the game.

We love sports for the emotions that it invokes.

Last night we got the shaft, but it was a helluva game.

KBG