Another reason not to watch the NBA
WORTHINGTON -- I will admit; I do not watch NBA basketball faithfully. I find it boring and useless. Thanks to Tim Donaghy, the NBA is not just boring, it's boring and fixed.
Donaghy is being investigated by the FBI for betting on games in which he worked as an official. He has already resigned, but this brings the rest of an already shaky league into question.
In a league where one player can carry a team to the NBA finals (a la Lebron James), where the draft creates more hype than the finals, and where the leagues are so unbalanced that the Western Conference semi-final game might as well have been the NBA finals, the latest developments are just icing on the cake.
I will have to admit, I did watch some of the NBA playoffs. I was watching when Lebron decided to put the Cavilers on his back and carry them past Detroit in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. I watched most of the Spurs and Suns series, because I, like the rest of the sports world, knew the victor might as well be handed the NBA finals trophy as well.
However, Donaghy worked game 3 of that series -- a win for the Spurs. If that game had gone another way, Steve Nash may be sitting at home with the NBA finals trophy right now.
However, it seems as if the NBA felt it needed to catch up with it's counterparts with scandals.
Look at professional baseball. One of the greatest records of all time is about to be broken, and all people can talk about is steroids. Is Barry Bonds on steroids? The world may never know. For years to come, people won't talk about Barry the same way they talk about Hammerin' Hank, but the question of legitimacy will always remain.
It doesn't stop with basketball or baseball either. The NFL has it just as bad. However, this isn't drugs, or betting on games, this is the fact that athletes can't stay out of trouble.
Pacman Jones' rap sheet is longer than the latest book in the Harry Potter series. Perhaps he has been wrongfully accused, but it's tough to feel sorry for a guy who was recently issued citations because his Lamborghini was improperly registered.
Even more recent is the aftermath of Michael Vick and his dog fighting. He was ordered not to report for camp, and it would appear that this season -- if not his career -- could be a total loss.
Even the professional golfing world was shocked when Gary Player announced at the British Open that the PGA had a problem with performance-enhancing drugs. Of course show me a picture of Barry Bonds from 10 years ago, and he's obviously bigger. Show me a picture of John Daly 10 years ago, and he's obviously bigger -- but in an entirely different way. I guess it's hard for me to comprehend the fact that golfers take performance-enhancing drugs, but I guess anything's possible.
Then, there's the Tour de France. It seems that there hasn't been a year that's gone by where someone isn't in trouble for something. Even this year, when riders had to sign an anti-doping charter, the leader, Michael Rasmussen is in question. This is after Floyd Landis, the 2006 champion, is still appealing his positive test from last year.
As a young sports fan growing up, I was never really into the professional wrestling scene. It was entertaining, but that's all it was -- entertainment. As I became older I knew it was fake and staged, and there was no way those men and women were as strong as they were without some sort of enhancement. Now, I'm sad to say, that's where the rest of professional sports are heading.
Perhaps the likes of the NBA, NFL, MLB and even the PGA should play a couple of marquee match-ups a year on pay-per-view. That way the powers at be can charge $49.95 per show, and fans will be at ease, because they won't have to guess if it's fake or real -- they'll know.