Monday, November 14, 2005


Bucks 103 Pacers 102

All right, now that I've calmed down a bit after Saturday's game, I'd just like to say "WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!" How can the Bucks keep this up? I don't know. All I know is that the score was 96-82 with 3 minutes left and I started reading a magazine, and 2 minutes later I looked up and it was 99-97. Whoa. The Pacers apparently missed 10 free-throws in the final minute, after the Bucks had missed countless free-throws before. Ted Davis, the Bucks play-by-play man is someone I usually hold in high regard; he's genuinely passionate about Bucks basketball. But no less than 5 times did he say "It's over," "That's the ballgame," or something to that effect.

This is the first time I have ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, seen the foul-and-hope strategy work. You know that every time you see a game where someone does that you're screaming at the T.V. "Come on! Let the game be over!" I know I do. But anyway, Ted Davis made up for his lack of belief by saying at the end to all the Bucks "faithful" who left the game early, "If you're listening to this in the car as you're heading home from the game, You Missed IT!!" This was a line you had to listen to the entire game to appreciate the hilarity of. Hilarious.

Anyway, I've said many times before that the Bucks can't keep this style of play up the entire season, but they're trying hard. This game was exactly the same as the previous 4, so there's no sense writing a summary. Needless to say, the Pacers looked like the clearly superior team, even without Jamaal Tinsley, for the first 47 minutes and 53 seconds, until Michael Redd hit three free-throws after he was fouled on a three attempt by Anthony Johnson, Fred Jones missed one out of two from the line, and Mo drilled his shot from about 28 feet. This was another failing of Davis, as he reported several times that the shot was from "at least 35 feet." If this was true, he would have been closer to halfcourt than the three-point line.

"Why report the facts? The game's over."

Luckily, the game ended about two minutes before the sports report at ten on the news, so I got to see the shot right away. Considering that, at that point, I thought the shot was from at least 35 feet, the replay was sort of anti-climactic. Ted Davis doesn't really say what's going on during the game, he just says the name of the player with the ball. But that's okay, for now, because the ending really was unbelievable, and it's forgivable to forget to do all the things normally associated with decent sportscasting.

And by the way, you have to wonder if Terry Porter couldn't have done the exact same thing with these Bucks that Stotts is doing. Yeah, he had some bizzare and often downright awful substitution patterns, but still, they went to the playoffs in Porter's first year after SI called them the worst team in the league.

But from now on, I don't care how the Bucks win anymore, as long as they win.