In baseball we have the umps checking the hats, gloves, belts, and fingers of the players. The umps are looking for sticky stuff! They have made players change their hats and take off their belts. One player dropped his drawers mid-field in protest to these checks for “sticky stuff.”
The only “sticky stuff” permitted under MLB rules is rosin. So, the players have been mixing pine tar or rosin with sunscreen. That concoction gives pitchers an extra grip on the ball. With that grip, pitchers get that spin on the ball, something that makes life tough for batters. So, MLB is cracking down, as it were, and checking for “sticky stuff.” So, you have the spectacle of umps examining discolored hats, running their fingers through pitchers’ sweaty hair, and checking gloves, goggles, and anything else baseball players wear. The human mind has no limitations when it comes to getting around rules in order to win.
Now moving along to basketball. The Barometer had spent the day cleaning and sat down with husband and sons for some quality time as they enjoyed the final two minutes of a Suns-Clippers game. Thirty-five minutes later, we were still watching. The Barometer sounded her barbaric yawp, “This is not basketball. This is watching 10 grown men try to win by getting around the rules. They had a simple formula: ball in play, foul, free-throw, deliberately missed free-throw, ball in play, repeat.
There was no basketball. No skills on display. Indeed, the trick was to at least hit the rim on your free throw but don’t let it go in– the goal was to get the ball following the free throw. Then get fouled.
The NBA players were no different from the companies in business trying to maintain or improve their earnings. They aren’t doing business. They are gaming the system — finding ways around the rules. It’s not real. No skills. No benefits. Waste of time for the sake of the win.