Everyone Prepare For A Lot Of Referee Talk Tonight As Joey Crawford Gets The Nod For Game Four

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The conspiracy theorists are going to love this one. Joey Crawford has been officially assigned to lead the crew calling Game Four in San Antonio tonight. Crawford, you may remember, was the ref who ejected Tim Duncan for laughing last year and earlier in these Playoffs poked Coach Greg Popovich with his finger during a disagreement. Via San Antonio Express-News....

It's the news every Spurs fan has dreaded — the team is fighting for its season tonight in Game 4, and blowing the whistle will be one Joey Crawford.

If the NBA wants to give the conspiracy theorists ammunition, this is certainly the way to do it. The pregame sports-talk chatter is sure to be full of comments such as, "See? The last thing the league wants is the Spurs back in the finals. They want Celtics-Lakers so bad, they can taste it. Otherwise, why would they assign Crawford to this game?"

Well, the silver lining is, if we're gonna get Joey, it's best to get him at home. Statistically, he's a Top 10 homer — eighth on the chart to be exact. And since some of the folks ahead of him don't appear to be working the playoffs (although the top homer, Joe DeRosa, did Game 3 Sunday), this would look like a good break, absent his history with the Spurs.
I can already hear Spurs fans moaning if they lose this game. However, with the Lakers on the verge of reaching the Finals for the first time since 2004....I wouldn't be surprised if you saw one or two questionable calls if the game is close. You would think that Stern would nip this in the bud, and have Crawford only call Eastern Conference games, but I remember him being asked following the "finger poking" game and he all but danced around the question. Very interesting.

At least the game isn't in Utah.

Here comes Joey! (San Antonio Express-News)
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Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:31 PM


I'm a Lakers fan and the Spurs are my most hated team in the league, and this even pisses me off. Stern is an idiot.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 3:04:00 PM  

This is a great thing. I'll take any help I can get to see the Spurs go away.

GMoney said...
May 27, 2008, 4:05:00 PM  

I have hated the Lakers for years...but thanks to the Spurs, their bitch-ass players and dicks for fans, I have to root for the frigging LAKERS. DAMN IT!!!

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 5:01:00 PM  

The only leagues that have worse officiating are the WWE and men's over 40 beer league softball.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 7:35:00 PM  

If this is controversial, shouldn't it have been controversial that Crawford was reffing game 5 of hornets-spurs?

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 8:34:00 PM  

the refs have been biased to the spurs so far
lakers have 4 players w/ 3 fouls
Spurs have shot 17 FTs already

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

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