Chuck Barkley, San Antonio and Tanking Games

By now, all of you know San Antonio tanked a game tonight against the Miami Heat. The Spurs sent home Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Danny Green. They left their bench with guys like Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair and others to suffer abuse at the hands of LB James, D Wade and whatever hangers-on-for-a-title-run Miami has acquired.

Commissioner Stern was irate. He says there will be “substantial sanctions” against the Spurs for tanking tonight’s game. I suspect Stern is the only one who can get involved in game-fixing.

BSP says, it’s a stroke of genius.

First, we know Popovich doesn’t give a damn about Commissioner Stern. No one’s going to tell him how to run his team.

Second, it’s a way of keeping your team’s psyche intact. If San Antonio goes to Miami and gets hammered with your stars in the game, doubt creeps in as to whether they can beat the Heat. If the Spurs face Miami down the road, they don’t have a November @$$ kicking to remember. The league had to figure this when they made the schedule: San Antonio, starting in Toronto ends up in Miami, four games in five nights. They set San Antonio to take an @$$ beating in front of the league favorite super-douches. San Antonio chose not to participate, because ultimately this game is meaningless.

Chuck Barkley? I forgot about him in the post. Oh yeah, he was making fun of San Antonio again. Actually, he was quite complimentary, but he did mention the women here are a little large.


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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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