Referees power Lakers to a Game 3 victory over Celtics, 87-81
Just kidding -- Kobe & Co. (but really just Kobe) won last night's do-or-nearly-die game in the NBA Finals all by themselves and without an unnatural assist from the refs, in the immortal words of Hillary Clinton, "as far as I know." The fact that a four-game sweep would have been costly to the NBA and its broadcast partner ABC is merely a coincidence, right?
Who knows anymore? Just this week, I was adding horse racing to the list of undependably corrupt sports I was finding it hard to enjoy. The list really is shrinking down to curling and the National Spelling Bee:
I remember that 2002 series well -- sports talk stations like WIP were innundated with calls from people who watched Game 6 and thought the fix was in, because TV would have lost millions of viewers if Shaq and Kobe were ousted by the talented but team-oriented Kings. The hosts tried to reassure the callers, as I recall, that that kind of thing never really happens.
The other possibility raised by Donaghy and by this story is simply that people from Villanova are evil.