Those Cuddly New Orleans Hornets
I just removed my last post about being subjected to what looks like an auto insurance scam after my fender bender in New Orleans. I don't want to linger on my anger, much less commit it to bloggy perpetuity.
Instead, I want to talk about the NBA semifinals match between my beloved San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Hornets.
Not only are the Spurs being subjected to the blatantly uneven calls by that sniveling rat bastard referee Joey Crawford*, they gotta put up with shit like you see in the photo.
Somehow, putting Tony Parker's wife Eva Longoria in a Hornets floozy outfit and allowing some goofball Hornets fan to wag her around while TP is trying to make a free throw is considered okie dokie.
Yes, it is pretty hilarious, but if it were your wife or girlfriend or whatever, would it be cool to see her like that?
Would it be okay if a Spurs fan dressed Tyson Chandler's mama in a hoochie Spurs outfit and wagged her around when the big man was trying to free throw?
No, man, that's cold.
I really wanted to like the Hornets because they represent a broken-down city that needs the revenues a good NBA team can bring to town.
But watching them play makes me feel just the opposite. I don't like dirty players like Karl Malone and Bill Laimbeer, and the Hornets have more than a few of them on their roster.
Being a fan of the Spurs dynasty has spoiled me.
I like their good fundamentals and that they feel no need to hip check and foot stomp and elbow and trip and knee opponents in the nuts. Well, there is Bruce Bowen but he's only used in emergencies.
But as the Hornets continue to receive preferential treatment from refs like Crawford and get to play as dirty as they want, I hope they lose their asses off if they move on in the series.
Just because they play for a city rife with cheaters and con artists doesn't mean they have to act the same way.
*On April 15, 2007, Crawford ejected San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan for supposedly laughing at Crawford from his seat on the bench during a game against the Dallas Mavericks.
On April 17, Crawford was suspended for the remainder of the 2006-07 NBA season and the 2007 NBA Playoffs as a result of this altercation, ending his 21 consecutive Finals appearances. The league also fined Duncan $25,000 for verbal abuse of an official and warned that a repeat incident in the future would result in an ejection. Commissioner David Stern said Crawford's actions "failed to meet the standards of professionalism and game management we expect of NBA referees." Crawford met with league officials on July 30, 2007 to discuss his future in the NBA, but no resolution was reached between the two parties.