Now anyone with half a brain has noticed some bizarre calls in sports if you have been watching as long as I have and Im not just talking about the NBA, but lets stick with the NBA for just one second. This is the precise reason I dont bet sports anymore. When I used to bet it was low stakes recreationally, but also at one point crunched all the numbers and made educated decisions for each game that I wanted to bet to make sure it had some long run success. I believe I broke even or lost a small amount when I actually studied the numbers, but I didnt take notes of my profits and losses as it was mostly low stake recreational stuff that I did many years ago before I played blackjack. Im sure I did lose money though, but not much, when I didnt analyze any of the data.
Nonetheless, lets get into it. Once you start having money on the line, you really start noticing EVERYTHING and I mean everything. The inconsistencies in the calls from the start of the game to the end of the game. The clearest calls that are missed that even a 10 yr old can spot. Ive seen the most ridiculous calls in a playoff series where the refs blew the simplest calls at the end of the game that cost a team the series. I believe it was the Clippers several years ago around 2013 i forget against who, maybe it was the upcoming Warriors when they just started getting good. I believe it involved Matt Barnes but cannot recall the play exactly. I just remember it was one of the biggest blown calls that Ive ever seem and really got me questioning the integrity of the game once and for all. It got the whole country and coach to speak out on what happened. I dont believe they had 'replay' to review the call as they do now back then, but calls like these still happen today.
You then also got scenarios such as when a team thats losing by 20 with a spread of +8 suddenly gets all the calls just to get it close, but at the start of the game these SAME calls were nonexistent and vice versa. Or you have a team that's a favorite that's losing by 10 in the 4th quarter suddenly get every single call every time they drive into the paint. You see the softest touch fouls that are not fouls even with todays soft rule book, but then realize it goes hand in hand with the team that needs to come back and meet the spread. What a coincidence.
Ive also seen the most bizarre injuries where someone never even got hurt, suddenly go down and now the other team comes back in the playoff series. One recent example I remember was in 2015, the bulls were up 2-1 vs the cavs in the conference semis and Pau Gasol, one of their main players MYSTERIOUSLY goes down for 2 games with a hamstring injury and now the cavs take a 3-2 lead and eventually win the series. I dont remember at any point in the game where he got hurt. If somehow the players are IN on it as well, that simply would destroy my whole enjoyment of sports. I rather only the refs be rigging it and the players not be in on it, but who really knows anymore? What safeguards exactly are there in place if the main player on a team wants to throw a game for his friend betting huge stakes on the game? How would anyone know? Not to mention the refs in game 4 with a CLEAR as day technical foul that should have been called on their coach David Blatt after trying to call timeout with NO timeouts. This was right before Lebron hit the game winner to make it 2-2. Had he called the technical foul on the coach, lebrons shot ties the game. Not to mention a questionable push off on jimmy butler before lebron hit that game winner. What about as recent as last year where Chris Paul mysteriously ALSO goes down with a hamstring injury when the Rockets were up 3-2 vs the Warriors. Dont remember at any point Chris Paul getting hurt in the game. I mean seriously?
It just boggles my mind to the point that it simply has to be rigged. This is also happening in every other sport, whether it be college basketball, college football, the NFL, etc, the most bizarre things happen and then you look up the spread for that game and you understand why it happened. I dont even have a horse in this race anymore, but I still notice it. These refs are as corrupt as these casinos and maybe they work together, who really knows. Let's not forget the whole Tim Donaghy scandal and him then coming out and saying refs today are STILL doing it. 'Doing' it as in point shaving and rigging the games like he did. Let's also not forget the NBA actually coming out and ENDORSING sports betting LOL. They're not even shy about it anymore.
Yes the counter arguments are well these players make hundreds of millions with their contracts and endorsement deals so they wouldnt risk it, but thats the players and who would really find out anyway if they threw a game for their friend? But what about the refs? Theyre not exactly getting paid huge sums of money. If it can happen, it could and will happen as you've seen with casinos gettint caught red handed with rigging their games as well corrupt ref Tim Donaghy in 2002 in the Lakers v Kings series where Lakers got about 40 free throws in the 4th quarter of one pivotal game. Whole thing makes me sick.
Last edited by: ZenKinG on Oct 19, 2018
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