Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.

For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.

Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!

E-mail us here.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on February 9, 2012 2:50 PM. The previous post in this blog was Nolan camp fined again for campaign finance violations. The next post in this blog is "Urban renewal" swamp gets murkier. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.



Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bad call in Blazer game gets darker look

The other night there was a bad call against the Blazers that arguably cost them their game against Oklahoma City. The Blazer announcers were whining about it to no end from the moment it happened, and we found that annoying. It was a close call that the referee missed. When referees are bad, often they're bad both ways, and calls that go against one team at the end of a game have sometimes been matched or topped by equally bad calls in the opposite direction earlier in the game.

But this morning, some new facts came to our attention that put the incident in a different perspective. The ref who made the call, Scott Foster, had been mentioned in connection with the pro basketball league's notorious Tim Donaghy gambling scandal of a few years ago. The league portrayed Donaghy as a crazed gunman, acting alone, and we never bought that for a second.

And funny thing, right before the Blazer game, the betting suddenly swung sharply in favor of Oklahoma City. Coincidence? Maybe. But it sure smells funny. [Via the Godfather.]

Comments (16)

C'mon. THe betting line gets set by where the money goes. If OKC started as a 2.5 point favorite, I'd put money on OKC also.

Portland is

The late shift in the betting line coincides with confirmation that Raymond Felton wouldn't play. Losing your starting PG with no real clear backup is going to move the line.

Portland could have had Durant. If they took him instead of "broken sticks" Odem, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

If it weren't for bad luck the Blazers would have been a beast.

The NBA is just another version of the WWF.

One thing that happens on game day is that people find out who the referees are going to be. That's not usually publicized, but they check into hotels and are seen arriving in airports.

Still, that was such a horribly bad call by that ref. Inexcusable. Especially at that point in the game. Another reason why the NBA is passe. It jumped the shark long ago, at least as far back as when Jordan blatantly pushed off Bryon Russell at the end of the Bulls-Jazz finals clincher game 6 in '98. At least the Globetrotters have genuine integrity in their entertainment product.

It wasn't just a bad call, it was a bad call that resulted in points. Those points determined the outcome of the game... it should have been reviewed.

I'm shocked to learn that gambling goes on in big-time sports.

Georgetown almost beat the #2 team in the nation yesterday. They took them to OT. Syracuse escape bruised and battered.

March is next month. Get you Madness package. Basketball gets interesting from here on out. After that it's MLB.

Who watches the Blazers anymore?

NO! Say it ain't so. I hate corruption in my sports more than in my politics. Why? I dunno. I guess I use sports as an escape to a meritocratic fair play alternate universe. One where I do not have to worry about getting screwed covertly.

Boxing was ruined for me in this way.

Jack, the NBA releases the ref assignments each morning around 9:00 AM.

Yes, as I wrote, it's not known until game day.

Are refs human? Do humans like to cheat if they think they can get away with it?

By accident, I saw the last half of the 4th Qtr of the game. (Any instance when I see 'live' NBA play is by accident, ever since beginning my boycott 20 years ago(pre-Donaghy exposé), in disillusionment that the games were rigged by referees as I had concluded through 3 or 4 years of watching over 400 NBA games per season on satellite dish. Repeat: I watched a goodly portion of over 400 games in the 180-day NBA season, obsessed, for a few years, and 2 of those years I filled a spreadsheet with every ref's every appearance and whether the Home or Visitor won in the outcome of the game.)

It also unusually happened that my roommate was present and at the crux of the game for the first time in many years I offered my opinion aloud, saying: "the refs rigged the game, they must have bets on it." As always, my comment was immediately disputed and demeaned in retort: "How do you know? You don't know that! You make things up in la-la land all the time." My feeble comeback was, "I just witnessed it and I know what I saw." (Belive this: If someone watches a few thousand NBA games intensely, then it is quite likely they know a thing or two about the subject. For readers here who've arrived in recent times, allow me to restate my long-ago admission on this blog that I was in the Blazer broadcasting TV crew for a few years ... been there in TV, done that TV thing.)

So I went to my computer and googled to an item in the saga of the NBA referee betting scandal, and prepared a link to supply in the comments as soon as Jack posted his observations on the perversion of that game. Which I expected he'd do. But which he didn't do. I quit lying-in-wait after the next day. But now this thread appears. It so happens there's a link for that:

There was a time (of vacuous incoherent Reagan's terms: "I don't remember. I'm sorry, I simply don't remember.") during the eighties, when NBA refs plumped their paychecks with sure bets on the Vegas line ... and scalped their perked-freebie 1st Class plane tickets ... and other sellings-out. Later one (example) of them was convicted-and-jailed in a show trial. He wrote a tell-all book exposing the prevalence throughout the NBA of the gamblers-mob vice which he alone (unfairly) was prosecuted for. The book named the names of other refs as guilty as he, and the book describes without naming even more who bet and/or cheated games but the descriptions leave no doubt in devotees accurately inferring to name who every individual is. The book was published in a limited Reviewer's Copy edition, and reviews were published, and then the book was suppressed, the publisher was extortion-influenced to breach and void the contract, and the author (ref, still in his 2-year prison) got an offer he dasn't refuse for him to faggedaboudit.

Which all amounts to longtime business as usual in such matters, (Vegas vice? Mormon mafia? the crap hit town when Howard Hughes rolled in and holed up isolated in some casino penthouse, unseen, antiseptic . . . except, know what?: it turns out and information develops that Hughes wasNOT actually there all that time as the Legend tells and nonskeptical TV-spud 'intelligence' swallows whole hog .... A story for another time; I digress), anyhow the old business-as-usual ain't working for 'them' anymore ever since the internet reached its quickening a quite-recent 15 years ago. So the book on the NBA referee dishonor did not disappear down the socio-political memory hole, and in cached webpage links it lives on, still out there, informing new generations of woulda-been NBA suckers. I mean, 'market audience.'

On this occasion recalling bygone details, I am reminded of the inauguration of the Oregon Lottery which offered betting lines on NBA games with Vegas odds. I was exhilerated, smugly pro-Lottery, expecting to parlay my 'insider' information into mega-dollar personal riches by my advantage to beat the house. Believe this: the NBA is probably the only subject in which I can beat the Vegas line consistently. It'd take awhile to get my wheels up to speed for today's league, yet the wheels are right at-hand on my rolodex, (whatever that is). It took about a month for news of the Oregon Lottery action to get to New York where David Stern was. Four hours and a cross-country corporate jet ride later, Stern was in Salem, the Legislature was submissive when squeezed vise-like with vice pressures, and the Oregon Lottery was rebooted without 'pro sports betting lines' (smidgeons, scintillas, or a single iota). It never seemed reasonable Stern would make such a big deal out of it; but now, in hindsight, connected with many ensuing revelations, (e.g., Kobe love child: who knew?), it seems clear that Stern keeps his position at the sole prerogative of gamblers-mob scorching all competition from any upstart State Lottery, even in wayward (way weird?) remote Oregon. ( ... which reminds me of NY comments the day the 'Trailblazers' entered the league, but that's another story)

After the referee epic-flaw 'news cycle', quietly and discretely some refs were shown the door and went out through it into 'retirement,' as preferable to the option of being 'shown the window', but, fer'chrissakes, I still hear referee names from 20-some years ago calling games today.

Someone suggested raising referee salaries above the level of easy temptation to get greedy; (greedier?). I doubt there is a salary high enough.

I suggest NBA refs be term limited; 'draft' refs for a 3-yr or 5-yr tour-of-duty 'hitch' from a pool of qualified whistle-shizzoos currently working college games or international games.

Now a variation on that: get more NBA career-refs. At least double the 60-man supply they have now. Assign 6 refs (not 3) to work each game, and at the start of each quarter of the game the 6 refs draw straws to determine which 3 work the next 15 minutes. Maybe one guy wouldn't work the game at all. Maybe one guy would work every quarter.

At least until then, my boycott continues. And I enjoin others to just. flat. turn. your. back. on everything NBA. Especially refuse the 'cable payment' game packages.

Through 'Vegas' routinely moves billion-dollar handles on the most asinine miniscule 'sporting events' you never heard of. Quick check: How much is a tenth-of-a-percent vig on a billion-dollar handle riding on a game? (Did you guess correctly: a million moolah? a pocket roll with a rubber band. for the oddsmaker -- in one game in one night -- and the vig is never so small as a tenth-of-a-percent?) Believe this: compared to a billion-dollar handle, your personal burning interest in a game no matter whatever it is is worth zip. nada. zilch.

Look at all the archival blog bandwidth here given to Blazer-bearing prospects, dejects, regrets and rejects: For nothing!

The elephant in the fluence which decides the outcome of every game before it starts is the TV 'market', the TV monster. That's why you are never going to see a Timberwolves vs. Pacers championship, Blazers neither: There's no TV market there. It's why the Miami juggernaut is going to end up empty-handed year after year: Miami is a bad TV market, non-performing. Spite-filled venge-sick Cuban ex-pats do not watch basketball. It needs more porn in the fluence. Maybe back-spice each player's folding-chair throne with an exotic coterie of topless 6-ft-6 Verushkas as high-heeled assistants handling towels and sweat-wiping and performance-enhancing Gatorade bottles.

Bottom line, here's the ticket: You're team is not going to win. Maybe next year, try again. Pay in advance.

Here's the thing about David Stern: He never played the game.
Here's another thing: Player lockouts. Contract intransigence failures. Season cancellations. ... oops, that's three things. "My bad." (Manute Bol)

So, yeah, I saw the 4th qtr of that game. I saw 3 wrong calls including the false 'goal tending' moment in the referee's desperation right at the end of the game while the Blazers were up.
Others saw it, too, told at Jack's link.
So many others so many times that by now it is an 'open secret' that the 'pro basketball' NBA game is rigged the same bread-4-circuses joke as 'pro wrestling'.
Wanna bet?

Two things that stick out in my mind:

2002: Mike Bibby with Kobe Bryant's elbow buried in his skull, knocking him silly... no foul called. Playoff game lost, series turned around, Lakers benefit, TV ratings up. That should have been a suspension for Kobe.

1995: Jake O'Donnell gives Clyde two completely phantom T's during game 1 vs. the Suns. Fortunately the Rockets didn't lose out because of it. It illustrates the personal nature of NBA officiating, though.

I can easily believe that there's still gambling influence today...


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 113
At this date last year: 155
Total run in 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

Clicky Web Analytics