Otto Porter is in the zone

He’s just not in the same zone as the rest of the game. This happened in the last minutes of the Washington Wizards loss to the Chicago Bulls this week.

But, as bad as that was, you see the shot didn’t result in points, so the Bulls’ Tony Snell sucks for missing. And the brain freeze by Porter still comes in second to the Philadelphia 76ers total defensive breakdown earlier this season against the Portland Trail Blazers (If it’s not moving, click the image below).

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Deflategate: An analysis by Shaq

So, Shaquille O’Neal and the folks over at the NBA on TNT wondered what would happen if there was an advantage to using a deflated basketball for free throws, given that the New England Patriots were do successful using deflated footballs:

So as Shaq proves, it doesn’t matter if a ball is deflated, he can’t hit free throws anyway.

I figure there’s cheating in all professional sports, but either New England does it more, or it’s worse at hiding its cheating. I tried to think back to the Patriots cheat I first remembered. It had to be this:

The 1982 Snow Plow game against the Miami Dolphins. Long before Belichick and Brady. If you go over to NFL.com (click this link) you’ll see that Don Shula is still pissed off about that one.

Meanwhile the Oakland Raiders are piss off over this:

Ah, yes! The “Tuck Rule.”

But honestly, wasn’t Eric Allen cheating by hanging out on the sideline and listening to the play call?

Better than Knicks basketball

Scott Cacciola covers the New York Knicks for the New York Times. But the Knicks really suck! So earlier this month, the Times ran this note:

The Knicks, in an effort to rebuild through the N.B.A. draft and free agency, appear to have officially given up on this season. They’re an unthinkable 5-32, and on Monday night they traded away J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, leaving a roster that might struggle against an N.B.A. Development League team.

So the Sports department’s editors feel it is only merciful to give our Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, a break from such woeful basketball. He deserves to see the game played at a higher level. For the next month or so, we would like to point him to some good, quality basketball, wherever it may be. Any suggestions?

So he went to Springfield, Ill., to cover the Central Illinois Xpress basketball team:

The Xpress were already drawing attention, having emerged as an unlikely force in the fifth-grade boys’ league at the Gym, a bustling basketball center here. In running their record to 8-1 through the first half of the season, the Xpress executed a motion offense and often overwhelmed the competition. But they really stood out for another reason.

Yeah, he’s doing stories on fifth-grade girls because the Knicks are extraordinarily bad. But the girls are really good, and making the boys they play cry. Click on the link in the tweet. It’s a fun story.

The death of cable TV, finally!

I saw this and thought, “cable TV is dead.”

For many TV viewers, the only reason to keep paying for expensive cable subscriptions is to watch sports. And for that, they invariably need ESPN, the powerful network that has exclusive rights to many of the country’s most popular football and basketball games.

Now, that linchpin is being removed. For the first time ever, sports fans will be able to watch ESPN’s programming streamed online to their tablets, laptops, smartphones and TVs—all without paying a cable or satellite bill.

Everyone I talk to hates the cable company. And whenever I ask why they don’t dump it, the answer is ESPN.

We’ve been without cable TV since 2003, and really haven’t missed a thing. If I want to watch a big game that isn’t on a network live, I visit a relative. Otherwise, I just go to the ESPN 3 Web site and catch the replay for nothing.

For network shows, all you need is a digital antenna. If you have had cable for years, you don’t know that the broadcast quality you get with a $30 digital antenna is amazing. In D.C., I get 40 channels, and about 10 of them are foreign language, many with subtitles. Of course digital TV has limits based on where you live.  Do we really need 15 religious channels in Louisville?

For other entertainment, spend $100 for an annual subscription to Amazon Prime. Thousands of movies and TV shows. And while you’re at it, get a Fire TV stick. All of the Prime content is there, and you can add apps for more free entertainment. I found an app that lets me watch a train moving through Norway from a motorman’s perspective (Honestly, when I lIved in Europe it was one of my favorite channels.)

Hook your computer to your HD TV, and you can watch what you normally watch on your tiny computer monitor.

I’ve thought this through for a long time. One more advantage of not having cable: I never have to accidentally land on Fox News. When that happened at other places I’ve been I felt like someone just opened the door to their house and let a vagrant come in and take a dump on the floor.

I’ve measured the cost of all this. A monthly cable bill is about $100. I’m spending about $150 a year, plus a monthly Internet fee that is nowhere near what cable TV (with the fixin’s like the premium movie channels and premium sports packages) costs.

Save some money folks. Oh, and if you want ESPN, that will cost $240 a year, but you’ll get a few other channels.