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Newtown Square, PA • United States • 45 Years Old • Male
Dear Sirs,

We have a great game. You have spent your careers and lives in service to that belief. It is your responsibility and sacred duty to do everything and anything in your power to ensure that NHL officiating remains beyond reproach. We have a great game and we need to keep it that way. The fans of tomorrow depend upon it.

I "bet" David Stern thought he had a great game, until Tim Donaghy blew the roof off. Not only did this veteran official, allegedly, fix games - which is a major sin in any professional sport - he also, allegedly, bet on games that he was officiating. If there isn't a special place in the 7th level of sports hell for someone who knowingly fixes and bets on his own games in that position of trust and responsibility, then there is something really wrong with our universe. I hope for the sake of the NBA, that he was a lone gunman and not a piece of a much more malignant puzzle. We will see and the truth will come out. I just hope the NHL is watching...because the fan of tomorrow is.

There will not be one foul call in the NBA next season where one of the parties doesn't turn to the ref and say, "How much do you have on tonight's game, ref?"
The entire image of the league and its officials is currently up for grabs.

Can you imagine that question, that moment of uncertainty as to whether the game was being called according to the way it should be, being asked of Don VanMassenhoven, Rob Shick or Paul Devorski? I cannot. It makes me cringe to consider it...and yet. Why should the NHL be any different? Are they not human? Are they not subject to greed, the feeling of being all-powerful and the silly notion that they are somehow above the law? I cannot answer those questions, but I can offer one suggestion.

Please, please, please do whatever is necessary to safeguard the reputation of NHL officiating. There is no greater sin than a player or official betting on the game. The players have their own issues concerning gambling...see Operation Slapshot. It is up to you to hold yourselves to a higher standard. I am not sure the NBA will recover from this scandal...and frankly I don't care other than it could happen to my game.

A writer of Latin maxims in the 1st century BC named Publilius Syrus once wrote, "What is left when honor is lost?" What truly? I am not sure. But of one thing I am sure, I don't want the NHL to walk a mile in the NBA's footsteps. The NBA is damaged goods.

The young fans of tomorrow are watching. They might not know they are watching, but they are. Please don't disappoint them.

SYF
Filed Under:   nhl   officiating   scandal   nba  
July 23, 2007 2:29 PM ET | Delete
very interesting bud...
July 23, 2007 2:29 PM ET | Delete
very interesting bud...
July 23, 2007 4:20 PM ET | Delete
they should start keeping their eyes on mcgeough, hehe
July 23, 2007 6:00 PM ET | Delete
Super blog, SYF. Right on point.
July 23, 2007 7:37 PM ET | Delete
"There will not be one foul call in the NBA next season where one of the parties doesn't turn to the ref and say, "How much do you have on tonight's game, ref?"" Not so much... Because if the ref really bet against that team, he'd have no problem giving that player a technical, and then we get into fines and suspensions... Not worth their troubles.But an excellent read nonetheless!
July 23, 2007 10:50 PM ET | Delete
I wonder if Mike Leggo bet on the Islanders/Sabres series.
July 25, 2007 4:48 PM ET | Delete
The only thing I don't get is you wholeheartedly agreed with McCaan.... his post was a complete an utter disgrace to even having a job in that industry... saying who cares if someone uses steroids? Pretty much defending Michael Vick... I bet Mcaan is an utter piece of trash and that's why he backs the scum bags of sports.
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