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NBA suspends referee Joey Crawford

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by ondeadline, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Teddy Valentine?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Good old, TV Ted.
  3. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Well-Known Member

    Another translation: He's didn't think he did anything wrong and has refused to accept the punishment. Therefore, it's my intent to never let him officiate another game again in the National Basketball Association."

    That quote from Stern was like a sledgehammer coming down on someone's head. PTI had him on and Stern didn't smile or change expression during those five minutes. He was pissed with Joey, big fucking time.
  4. jagtrader

    jagtrader Active Member

    I agree with the "about time" sentiment. Officials and umpires need to get slammed when they're out of line. Maybe then it will stop.
  5. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Be nice to the cowboy... he has overcome Down's syndrome to have a solid, if not petulant, career.
  6. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    Teddy V was my first thought when I saw that on TV. I hate that jackass. For people who don't see games he doesn't do on TV, the difference in AMAZING. At least until crunchtime in a close game, when he'll still jump out of nowhere from 30 feet away to make a tough call that he was in the worst position out of all three officials to make. And he'll run or hop in to make the call like he's the person people came to see.

    He needs to be smacked.
  7. dargan

    dargan Active Member

    I figured there'd be repercussions for Crawford, and I'm glad there are. I'm a bit surprised they're this drastic, but I can't say I disagree with them. I'm sick of people jumping on Duncan for whining. Everybody whines at some point or another. Since Duncan conducts himself in a civilized manner and isn't on Top 10 plays every night, critics have to come up with something to discredit him, hence the whining accusations.
  8. Mmac

    Mmac Guest

    Agreed, I've never seen a ref who consistently carries himself as if the game is about him like Ted Valentine. I swear he acts as if he really believes the fans came to watch him blow his whistle and dramatically gesture his calls.
  9. Mmac

    Mmac Guest

    Speaking of which, check out this piece by Pat Forde today: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=2840227, wherein he appropriately refers to Ted Valentine as college basketball's "diva". I'm glad some national guys have begun calling out Valentine, that guy's self-consumed look-at-me act has been wearing on my nerves for years.
  10. jagtrader

    jagtrader Active Member

    Crawford's reaction to his suspension tells me he has completely lost perspective about his role on the floor. He should never be allowed near an NBA game again.
  11. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    And yet, TV Ted still gets big-time games, including the Final Four this year.
  12. IU90

    IU90 Member

    A big part of the problem, which Pat Forde hit on well, is that there are too many refs that, although they may know the rules and technicalities of the profession inside out, simply have the WRONG PERSONALITY type for the job. Guys with naturally combative personalities or prima donna attention-seeking egos should not be in that profession--yet it instead seems to disproportionately attract those guys. I don't care how well they know the game or how much experience they have, Ted Valentine and Joey Crawford should never again be officiating Final Four and NBA Playoff calibur games, because they've demonstrated over and over again that they've got the wrong disposition for it.
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