Drew: I hope Santa Claus crosses the NBA off his list

November 27, 2011 | Drew Forrester

Maybe it’s the thought of having my Thanksgiving day interrupted by having to work the Ravens-49ers game at M&T Bank that has me so jaded about the NBA.

It could be that I’m just not really an NBA fan these days.

And perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the league and the players just spent the better part of six months bellyaching over more money than everyone in my neighborhood – and yours – will ever make in a lifetime, combined.

Whatever the reason, I know this:  The NBA and the NBA Players’ Association hustled their tails off earlier this week to get a deal done so they could open the season on Christmas Day.

Yep — Christmas Day.  When I was growing up, no one did anything on Christmas Day except celebrate the holiday.

There are a lot of things wrong with our country these days.  We’re paying too much for gas.  Taxes – particularly in our state, where the Governor is thinking about a “leak tax”… every time you take one, you give the state a nickel – are completely out of whack for what we’re getting in return.  And our police and firefighters are making less money per-year than Alex Rodriguez makes for one at-bat on a summer night in the Bronx.  There’s more, of course, but there’s a quick list to get you started.

And this NBA strike – or whatever the hell the technical term was – was all about money, naturally.  In nearly every case where a sports league faces a work stoppage, it almost always comes down to one simple element:  The people who are making all of the money spend too much of it.  Then, they run out of it.  Whether it’s the owner of the team or the players who don the uniforms, hardly any of those nitwits know how to SAVE…but they all know how to SPEND.

Then, when they run out of cash, the fans suffer.  It always works that way.  Can you imagine what your boss would say if you and others in your department went in and said, “We just spent a ton of money on a new vacation house in Bethany and we’re going to need more money or we might not be able to work next week.”

Or your boss coming to you and saying, “You know, the company used to contribute to your 401K and pay 100% of your health insurance, but now we’re going to contribute 31% to your 401K and you’ll need to cough up 50% for your health benefits.”  You might reply, “But boss, what about that new golf membership the company just bought at Caves Valley…is that getting dropped too?”

In the case of the NBA, those of you who have been hoodwinked into being fans of the league have gone without basketball for nearly two months now.

All because these guys who KNEW the labor agreement was ending couldn’t come up with a new deal until everyone suffered a little bit.

What a bunch of bums…every single one of them.

Anyway — There didn’t appear to be much hope for a resolution to the NBA situation until the league and the owners realized that they were in jeopardy of losing their marquee “tripleheader” on Christmas Day.

“Can’t have that…we have basketball to play.”

On Christmas Day.

I hope no one goes to the games.

I hope no one watches.

I hope the owners and the players all get lumps of coal in their stockings.