Fixing the NBA’s Imbalance of Power

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2009 NBA Playoffs|by RMTip21; Photo from Flickr

It’s no secret that the NBA has become EXTREMELY top-heavy. That’s why the difference between the 2017 and 2018 NBA Playoffs is 4 teams (that’s right, the playoff field was only 25% different). That’s why the 2018 NBA Playoffs are on the brink of bringing us a Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State Warriors NBA Finals matchup for the FORUTH YEAR IN A ROW, with the Cavs having just evened their series against the Boston Celtics at 2-2, and the Warriors having a 2-1 lead in their series against the Houston Rockets including a win in Houston already. It’s like the NBA decided that instead of just a seven game series each year, they should play seven, seven game series over seven years to decide an NBA Championship.

 

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LeBron James (right) posts up Klay Thompson (left) at the 2016 NBA Finals; Photo from Wikipedia

Are there people in this world–not including Cavs and Warriors fans–who still enjoy watching the Cavs and Warriors meet in the Finals?

I don’t, and it’s not just because I want my Portland Trail Blazers to make it (though, that would obviously be awesome). Take this season for example: I’m so sick of the Warriors winning that I actually screamed in excitement when the New Orleans Pelicans won a single game against them in their playoff series, despite the fact that in the Pelicans’ previous playoff series, they swept my Blazers in completely dominating fashion.

We know there is a problem in the NBA’s balance of power: How can it be fixed? Here are a few ideas:

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Money Cash; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  • Change the heck out of the salary cap policies. The NBA has ridiculous salary cap policies, most notably the presence of a “soft” salary cap in addition to the “hard” salary cap. The soft salary cap gives NBA teams MANY exceptions which allow them to go over the soft cap to sign players. I may go into those in more detail in another post, but for the sake of preventing this post from getting too long, I’ll just leave you with this: According to spotrac.com, the 5 NBA teams that are furthest over the cap are all 2018 playoff teams and the top 2 of those are the Cavaliers and the Warriors. I’m guessing the billionaire owners don’t mind spending so much money considering they are competing for a championship every season (which also usually means greater fan attendance and higher ticket prices to make up for the extra money spent).
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NBA TV; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
  • Change the playoff format from seven game playoff series to single game matchups. Everybody loves March Madness in College Basketball because nobody knows what will happen–case-in-point: UMBC. That’s because if a team wants to win it all, they have to play their best in EVERY GAME. If the favorites take a game off, the underdogs will rise. The seven game playoff series pretty much guarantees that the better team will advance to the next round, which is occasionally a lower seeded team. But that playoff format is boring. Want proof? Viewership numbers from Showbuzz Daily and TV By the Numbers on Wikipedia indicate that the clinching game is consistently, BY FAR the most viewed game in the NBA Finals, most notably in 2016 and 2014:
    • 2016- 10.32 million more viewers of final game than second-most watched game. Gap between second-most viewed and least-viewed: 4.23 million viewers.
    • 2014- 2.46 million more viewers of final game than second-most watched game. Gap between second-most viewed and least-viewed: 0.76 million viewers.
  • Conference Realignment. This solution is the easiest, yet least practical. It’s simple: If the Warriors and Cavs play in the same conference, they can’t play against each other in the NBA Finals. It’s complicated: This would involve more traveling for teams, which would wear out the players more and cost the teams more.
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2012 NBA Finals-Heat vs Thunder|by RMTip21; Photo from Flickr

College football has been trying to stop Nick Saban, so why isn’t the NBA trying to stop the Warriors and Cavs? Maybe there is a better idea out there to level the competition in the NBA (if you have an idea, let me know in the comments), but certainly we are at the point where something needs to be done.

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College Football Sanctions and Pettiness

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So, three Michigan State football players had warrants issued for their arrests in a sexual assault case dating back to January. After the law enforcement officials announced that, the players were dismissed from the football team. Of course, that is deservedly so, but I have one question: Why did it take so long? The school had been conducting its own investigation for a while, but the team made no action prior to the actual law enforcement concluding their investigation. I just want to be a broken record on this issue because I need to be. That sort of behavior is ENTIRELY unacceptable, and college football teams need to stop giving their players breaks on those actions. If it were up to me, Baylor University would no longer have a college football team due to all of the sexual assault issues they’ve had. Now, I understand that very rarely, women will make claims that are NOT true just to get attention. So, there needs to be a short period of time for the players to prove their innocence before being dismissed from the team. But, if an investigation about that behavior goes on for five months?! The players should not be allowed to remain on the team for that long, even in a suspended state. It’s time that the NCAA start holding these schools and teams accountable in some way. They can’t just take away recruiting benefits or bowl games, they need to start suspending entire football programs. I’m talking Michigan State college football should not exist for the 2017-18 season AT LEAST. And I mean what I said about Baylor: they should no longer have a college football team. At least for a decade. It’s time that entire universities start feeling the pain of allowing that behavior to happen. What better way to punish the universities than to take a significant amount of their income away?

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I don’t even know that I want to say much on this quote. This is mostly just here for thought because it is truly remarkable. The funniest thing about that quote is that most people who read it probably think, “But, adults’ arguments are based on logic!” Are they really though? I would bet that 95% of adult arguments (AT LEAST) are not based on logic. Humans by nature are very emotionally driven in everything. 75% of what you believe is just that: what you believe. There is no logic to it AT ALL. The other 25% has a fraction of logic in it. In the words of Thor (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth), “You people are so petty, and tiny.” Ironically, those words ring a little hollow knowing that Chris Hemsworth recently complained about his exclusion from Captain America: Civil War and his seemingly limited role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

*Side Note: When I Googled “logic” to link to the word, all of the top results were about the rapper named “Logic”. That’s how unimportant REAL logic is to the majority of society.*

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*Side Note: When I Googled “NCAA” for the logo I found this awesome picture! I have to say, I’m surprised that Cal dominates so much of California. Fresno State and San Diego State are the only two teams I would’ve guessed had smaller fan base areas than Cal in the state.*

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Mood Posts Success, College Football Playoff National Championship, and More

For those of you who have checked out my blog over the last two days, you know that two days ago, I posted a pessimistic post, and yesterday, I posted an optimistic post. Interesting fact: My pessimistic post got twice as many views as my optimistic post. That’s a little disappointing. Now, I will admit, the pessimistic post had a better shot of being read when everybody was off work on Sunday (because it was posted Saturday night). The optimistic post, on the other hand, was posted on Sunday night, so more people were at work and less likely to read it on this Monday. I might have to monitor that, though. I hope my optimistic posts can get more views in the future. Keep the pessimistic post views coming, just increase the optimistic post views.

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Well, Clemson did it. They took down mighty Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35-31. The victory included a game-winning TD with one second left on the clock. I was cheering for Alabama, but it was a phenomenal game. I hope you all had a chance to watch it. Congrats Clemson! You earned it. You proved me wrong for all the times I’ve said that you were overrated.

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I talked about New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr punching a hole in the wall of the Green Bay Packers’ visitors’ locker room, yesterday. Well, he wasn’t the only Giant that handled the loss poorly. After the team departed their plane from their flight back home, the next flight on the plane was delayed for TWO HOURS for cleaning. Despite the cleaning, many passengers on that next flight complained about the smell of booze and the crumbs of food and tobacco on their seats. The Giants were so distraught, they trashed a plane. I confess, I’m very disappointed to be a Giants fan right now. I can only imagine the fines if Tom Coughlin was still the head coach…

Speaking of Tom Coughlin, he was one of two hires by the Jacksonville Jaguars today. He was hired to work in the front office, while Doug Marrone was promoted from part-time, to full-time head coach. Congrats to the Jaguars! I think this will be a great thing for the franchise. They now have Coughlin’s discipline, and a capable coach in Marrone, who almost fixed the Bills before his departure by his own will. But, as always, time will tell.

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It’s the final countdown. The final countdown until the next big moment and/or decision in your life. Whatever that decision and/or moment is, be ready for it. Take advantage of it. Every moment and decision can change the course of your life forever. So, make the right choice. Don’t shy away from the right choice for any reason. Believe me, you will regret it if you do. But, if you do make a mistake, stay positive. Every time a door closes, AT LEAST one more opens. Stay happy. Sing, dance, laugh, clap, etc. Whatever it takes to lift your spirits and the spirits of the people around you. Everything will be just fine. Only you can bring yourself down. And only you can keep yourself up. Do what you want to do. The sky is the limit. Believe in yourself and be who you want to be because nobody can bring you down, slow you down, or take anything from you if you don’t let them.

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Color: College Football Results

“Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotion, because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, and all that. On the other end, you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.” -Taylor Swift, Musician

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Taylor Swift as a singer, but her lyrics are usually fairly meaningful. This is a deep quote, until you realize that it’s really not. She is right that red is associated with two ends of the spectrum. But think about this: those two ends of the spectrum are the same. Falling in love is basically mutual obsession. That is really the only difference between the positive and negative ends of the spectrum; If you add ‘mutual’ before the words in the negative spectrum, you end up with love, infatuation, and passion. After all, there is a reason that the Jedi Order forbids attachments. Now think about Anakin’s story: He fell in love with Padme, then he became obsessed with her. That lead to his fear for her life after he had dreams of her dying in childbirth. That, in turn, led to his anger and frustration over his lack of power to save her. This quote, combined with that story, leads to a whole new perspective on the red lightsaber blades of the Sith, right? Essentially, there is a very fine line between the positive and negative spectrums associated with red and emotion. Tread carefully.

So, how does color relate to college football results? Well, the results of some of the top games of the day were very colorful in variety. On the one end of the spectrum, you had the complete blowout within the top 10; #10 Louisville defeated #2 Florida State, 63-20. In the middle of the spectrum, you had ranked favorites win close games against other ranked foes; #1 Alabama defeated #19 Ole Miss, 48-43; #12 Michigan State defeated #18 Notre Dame, 36-28. Finally, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you had unranked foes upsetting ranked opponents; Nebraska defeated #22 Oregon, 35-32 (which wasn’t a HUGE upset because it was in the Sea of Red, but a minor upset, no less); North Dakota State defeated #13 Iowa, 23-21 (which wasn’t a huge upset either because we’ve come to expect this from North Dakota State. Can we just see a North Dakota State-Alabama matchup, already?!)

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