Re: Warning...Can This Be True?...Pro Sports Rigged....Article Inside
posted at 8/11/2010 5:12 AM EDT
I would like not to believe it, but quietly I think it's true.
I knew before the NFC Championship Game that the Saints were a team of destiny. New Orleans needed champions (apparently only 60% of their population has returned since Katrina... STILL) and the league needed a stopgap elite QB for when Brady and Manning start heading into the twilights of their careers.
Naturally, when Dave Thomas tripped two yards from the nearest defender on the left sideline when the Saints were driving for a game-winning field goal in overtime of the NFC Championship Game, a flag appeared for pass interference.
And the 4th quarter of the 2010 NBA Finals was a disgrace. Yes, I know the Celtics were outrebounded, but the Lakers shot 27% in the first half. Both teams played poorly. Both teams had to scrap. Then the refs stepped in and decided after three quarters of a free-for-all that they were going to call a tight game.
Clearly the league knows that people are cheating. Goodell acknowledges that stealing signals is common in this Sports Illustrated article:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/sports/football/17nfl.html
But do they stop the Patriots back in 2001, 2003, and 2004 when they were winning Super Bowls as the unlikely "announced as a team" team? No. Especially after September 11th when a team with a name like "Patriots" was good for a White House that was staging the Halliburton War in Iraq.
They only out the Pats when everyone hates them. Coincidence? I think not.
Zeitgeist has a good theory that sports, theater, movies, pop culture, and video games are just distractions to keep people from contemplating the real problems with society or the crooks that run it. I tend to agree. If people didn't have The Hills and Girls Gone Wild to soften their brains to mush, they might realize that the National Debt is because the PRIVATE banks of the Federal Reserve actually own our country's money supply, among other things (those same banks that we bailed out, two of which coincidentally largely belong to a family named Rockefeller).
If you wanted to rig a game, you'd need a good understanding of how a team wins games, then use the refs to create that environment as much as possible. Do they need the extra 50 yards from a big pass interference penalty in the first half to remain competitive? Can a key holding penalty take a running back out of his rhythm by wiping out a big run AND handcuffing his offensive line? Will we allow bumps 10-15 yards downfield? Or will we decide to call illegal contact?
Given a relatively even competitive environment, teams can only afford to be good at certain things, with a few well-managed teams being multifaceted. This means that you can negate a passing team's advantage by allowing physical play against their receivers. Or screw up a physical defense by calling penalties for downfield contact. These things do affect the way a game is played. A couple calls in the first quarter can set the tone of the game, and no, not every team has the personnel to adjust, nor should they have to.
I'll continue to watch sports because I'm attached. I played for too long to give them up. Nonetheless, I'm skeptical.