Thursday, April 15, 2010

John Hollinger is a DOUCHE



Ok. So you might know John Hollinger as an ESPN NBA analyst, but in his latest post on the NBA playoffs, he goes beyond his coverage of NBA to throw out a little insult to the Frogs. This guy has no frame of reference because A. He didn't do his research and find out that TCU is in Fort Worth and B. He's a fucking NBA analyst. Anyways, part of his story is below.

(2) Dallas vs. (7) San Antonio
Season series: 3-1 Mavs.
Odds say: Spurs 74.5%; Mavs 24.5%

This is one of two matchups that really vexed me, because the statistical indicators basically collide with themselves.

Let's start at the top. In a previous piece on the Mavs that got Dallas fans stirred up, I mentioned I thought my Power Rankings had overrated San Antonio. Oops. As it turns out, they were remarkably prescient: San Antonio went on to crush one contender after another the rest of the way. (Lesson: Never try to make playoff predictions in early March. Not that making them in mid-April will turn out much better.)

Second, there's that whole 41-0 thing. Dallas won the season series with San Antonio 3-1, so the Spurs would be a glaring exception to the rule if I were to pick them.

I've been cynical about Dallas' contender status ("Really?" Mavs nation says, "You don't say?"), but the Mavs played much better over the final 10 days of the season and ended up with a respectable point differential over the final quarter of the season. The Mavs also are 23-7 since trading for Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, which is superior to San Antonio's 20-11 mark in that time.

The difference is that San Antonio played one of the league's most difficult schedules over the final quarter of the season, while Dallas' schedule looked like it was drawn up by TCU's football program. (You like that? Two Dallas sports insults in one sentence! P.S.: Roger Staubach was a ninny.)

In all seriousness, Dallas played the league's second-easiest schedule over the final quarter. Of the Mavs' final 21 games, 12 were against lottery teams, two others were against the lottery-esque Bulls and one was against San Antonio's scrubs -- plus, 12 of the 21 games were at home. So only six of 21 were against playoff-caliber competition, and they lost four of those games (and two others).

Meanwhile, San Antonio faced a murderer's row over the final month. Eleven of the Spurs' final 17 opponents won 50 games, and two others (Memphis and Houston) were respectable, plus 10 of the 17 were on the road. In that time, the Spurs beat Cleveland, L.A., Orlando, Denver, Boston and Oklahoma City, and posted a better scoring margin against the brutal schedule than Dallas did against its parade of softies.

What I'm saying is that the records deceive -- by most advanced measures, San Antonio appears to be the better team. As for that little 41-0 thing? It comes into play only because the Spurs tanked the season finale in Dallas. Had they won, the season series would be 2-2 and I'd have no reason whatsoever to pick Dallas.

As noted, the last team to defy the 41-0 rule was the Spurs, who did it the last time they went into a series without home-court advantage in the first round. It looks like they'll do it again.

26 comments:

Lyle Lanley said...

I'm not sure what makes me more mad here...his ill-informed slam on TCU, or the fact that he called it a "Dallas sports insult".

While you're looking for your hair, John, you might also want to look at a map.

Oh, and Spitblood devolves into Mavs-Spurs shit talk in 3...2...1...

LENEtown Fizzle said...

f the spurs and this penis with eyebrows

shortnkerley's said...

Mavs fans are the equivilent of SMU football fans. They have no basis for shit talk, but they love to do it all the time, all the while their team chokes when it matters.

Quit blaming refs for Dirk choking on the line in the '06 Finals and take responsibility for the loss. The Spurs are healthy and Pop is a far better coach than Carlyle.

Mark Cuban is the biggest douche in the universe. Bigger than John Edward.

Spurs in 6.

shortnkerley's said...

But I do agree, John Hollinger is a total douche and his ratings make zero sense.

THEFINCH said...

i think anyone employed to write should be fired for lumping dallas and Fort Worth together, do I have herpes simplex 2 or a cold sore?

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THEFINCH said...

no comment was deleted by a blog admin (aka me), this tard posted:
62 wins - 0 Losses for the 2009-10 NBA Season!
Sports Handicapping genius made $186,000
in March 2010 alone with his sport picks.
How does he do it? This guy 'John' consistently
wins an astounding 97% of his NBA and MLB
sports bets averaging $70,000 a week!
62 straight wins in the NBA, and the
2010 MLB Baseball season is just getting started..
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A higher power deleted.

Unless John is Rain Man infused with John Locke, i have to call bullshit

LT4heisman said...

you gotta link to the actual article?

BuckNasty said...

Don't know if it will work bc it's an insider column.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2010/insider/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=PERDiem-100415

Phrynosoma said...

Viva los Espurs

Texas Hammer said...

Dallas is such a pussy town anyway.

The Mavs are about to get lunch money'd by Los Spurs.

Lyle Lanley said...

Who's got more car flags- Spurs fans or OU fans?

shortnkerley's said...

Mavs games are nothing but social events like high school football games. People pay no mind to the game, they just go to be seen. It's a real threatening home court advantage.

Texas Hammer said...

World Championships and National Championships give rise to flag waving.

One of the all-time worst (and funniest) collapses in NBA Finals history gets you a second place medal and no flag waving privileges.

Lyle Lanley said...

I'm not talking about bragging about championships...anyone would do that.

I'm just saying that car flags are the automotive equivalent of jean shorts.

Texas Hammer said...

You mean JNCOs? SA has plenty of those ese.

Texas Hammer said...

Dallas Mavericks - sponsored by Axe Body Spray.

THEFINCH said...

i'm really having a hard time this year deciding who to pull for in the matchup of my two least favorite NBA teams, can someone please sway me one way or the other?

Mankdog said...

I'm not gonna lie, every true Spurs fan has a car flag that is hung proudly at the beginning of the season while driving through the barrio. That flag is also usually accompanied by a last name spelled out in old English along the back window and a Longhorn sticker (who would have guessed that UT had such a large amount of Mexican students), but thats not the point. The point is we love our Spurs and the last person we need sticking up for us is ass clowns like this guy. While I have no love for the Mavs, I would still gladly dunk this guy in the beautiful, pristine waters of our beloved river walk for his disparaging remarks about the Frogs.

Texas Hammer said...

I think we should just stab him barrio style and dump him in the reeever.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

I can't believe lyle hasn't put in the 5 Lombardi trophies to 0 thing yet.

CounselorFrog said...

Or Lord Stanley's Cup. But seriously, can't we both just be happy that we aren't Knick fans?

Texas Hammer said...

I'm not even sure Dallas can even claim the Cowboys...isn't Arlington in Tarrant County?

Go ahead and line that up on your coffee table and snort it.

Lyle Lanley said...

Last I checked, the Spurs don't play in Floresville.

Roll that up and let the shoeless neighborhood kids play futbol with it.

Texas Hammer said...

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Texas Hammer said...

[crickets]