and the trees
bright yellow, while the NY Knicks and the Miami heat are battling on ESPN..
The first quarter of an NBA game is lackadaisical at best, which touches on my reluctance to invest more than an hour of my time. Watching over-paid men give almost-but-not-quite-all to an endeavor makes me nutty. Coupled with officiating that is baffling, at best, the NBA is not at the top of my sports-viewing agenda.
Tobias Moskowitz, University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business professor and author of Scorecasting, reveal(s) the hidden forces that shape how basketball.....games are played, won and lost. I love it when research proves that my ranting and raving has a factual basis. According to Moskowitz, and his co-author, L. Jon Wertheim, refs call what they think they see and give an advantage to the home team...perhaps not consciously, but statistically proven none-the-less.
"I don't believe in the NBA," my winter-time rant, now has factual underpinnings, and I rejoiced.
But then came a smart Asian kid from Palo Alto and all of a sudden I became entranced with my former hometown heroes. I grew up with the legendary Knicks. Walt Frazier's portrait in oils graced our living room, thanks to my younger sister's concurrent obsessions with him and paint brushes. Earl the Pearl, Dean the Dream, Willis Reed's magnificently huge hands