D. Smith on being in the room for the ping pong balls
Old 05-18-2011, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, what’s it like in there?

Mind-numbingly boring for the most part but kind of cool.

We’re shepherded into the room about 7 p.m., reps of the 14 teams, a handful of league officials, three very large security guards and five members of the media to act as witnesses, or hostages.

You walk in the boardroom and they want you’re blackberries or phones or whatever you have, as expected, although we could keep tape recorders if we wanted and could use laptops, as it turns out, because they had blocked any wireless access to the room.

But the speed with which it came together was stunning.

A dude from Ernst and Young walked everyone through the process, the balls were dropped one-by-one into the hopper (which looks like a toned-down version of any old lottery machine and was built specifically for the event) and then it started.

Three draws, each taking a minute and it was all over and done with by 7:23 p.m. if the chicken scratch in the notebook can be trusted.

Then? Then we stood around nibbling on cold cuts and cookies and drinking coffee and soda, chatting with the likes of Ernie Grunfeld and Billy McKinny, Marc Eversley and a handful of others.

Nice talks, very long wait while watching the whole process on TV like many of you were.

But you need to trust me on this: It so above-board and impossible to rig and witnessed by so many people with so much vested interest in the process that there’s no way it could be anything but legit.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Unless the balls are weighted.

I mean, if the Conklin circus can rig games for years with little money, technology, or operator intellect, I'm pretty sure the NBA could find a way to Carney up those balls.

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Would it be wrong of me to email Doug and fix his grammar mistake? I like the article, but the error is yelling at me.

But I guess mistakes can easily be made when you're writing an article about balls. Happens to the best of us.
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It's not an article, it's his blog.

It's quite often chocked with grammatical and spelling errors.
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It's not an article, it's his blog.

It's quite often chocked with grammatical and spelling errors.
Ah. Well then he is forgiven.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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They paid him :cookie:
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Would it be wrong of me to email Doug and fix his grammar mistake? I like the article, but the error is yelling at me.
Mistake? I think you mean mistakes? There is more than one.

But, like Acie said, it's a blog. I'll cut him some slack. It's not as formal as an article.
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It's not an article, it's his blog.

It's quite often chocked with grammatical and spelling errors.
Case in point. This is an informal forum, similar to Doug's blog, and no one around here is a big enough jerkwad to point out this mistake.

Except, er, me that is.
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Mistake? I think you mean mistakes? There is more than one.

But, like Acie said, it's a blog. I'll cut him some slack. It's not as formal as an article.
Yep. It's just that nothing makes me crazier than an incorrect you're.

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Case in point. This is an informal forum, similar to Doug's blog, and no one around here is a big enough jerkwad to point out this mistake.

Except, er, me that is.
No idea what you're talking about.
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Winning is halph the battle!:cookie:


On a serious note, I still think the NBA needs to let us TV viewers see the pig pong balls as they are released on live TV.
It is a better scenario IMO & better for ratings.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Winning is halph the battle!:cookie:


On a serious note, I still think the NBA needs to let us TV viewers see the pig pong balls as they are released on live TV.
It is a better scenario IMO & better for ratings.
But then it would be harder for them to rig.
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