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|Final game of NBA|
The final game of the NBA finals towered over its primetime competitors to stand as Thursday's No. 1 TV program in Total Viewers (28.2 million). It was the 7th consecutive broadcast for the 2010 NBA Finals to rank as the No. 1 TV show of the evening in viewers and key adults. Claiming their 16th NBA title, the LA Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics by a score of 83-79.
With Game 7, ABC scored its best-ever numbers in its eight years of broadcasting the NBA Finals (beginning in 2003) with Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. In fact on both Nielsen measures, Game 7 of the 2010 championship series registered as the biggest for any NBA Finals telecast in 12 years – since the series-clinching Game 6 of the 1998 Bulls-Jazz series on 6/14/98.
Too bad the game did not live up to the ratings. And unless there are changes made, don't look for future ratings to continue to climb. The only thing that saved ABC was the marquee matchup between Los Angeles and Boston.
Surely people had to get tired of watching Kobe and Phil whine, the Lakers win another one and Boston players sulking because somebody else on the team is getting more publicity.
It also couldn't help that the officiating was very inconsistent and that the final game of the series should have been overseen by WWE's Vince McMahon.
One thing I have never understood about college or professional basketball is why you allow players to be eliminated from the contest.
Five fouls in college means that player has to sit the bench the rest of the contest. It takes six fouls in the NBA.
If a player picks up two or three fouls in the first half, they are going to be sitting out most of it.
With the cost of NBA tickets nowadays, I would hate to pay big bucks to see New Orleans play the Lakers only to have Kobe sit out most of the game. Sure he whines, but the guy is definitely one of the best ever.
Instead of having guys foul out, why can't they change the rule to where after a player commits his fifth or sixth foul, the player he fouls shoots four free throws instead of two.
And maybe that would give teams and players more reason to work harder on their free throws.
Besides, getting back to officiating. I would hate to see the star player from a team having to sit the bench because of a questionable call against him - and there were lots of them during the NBA Playoffs.
It would also take away from the officials swallowing their whistles after a star player gets four or five fouls.
One more note from the NBA, and this really has nothing to do with the National Basketball Association. Just another reason to vent.
It was amazing to see the "celebration" by "Laker fans" after Los Angeles won the seventh game.
Here was everyone thinking that New Orleans would turn into Dante's Inferno if the Saints ever won the Super Bowl.
So what happens? People pour out into the streets hugging each other and there are very, very few incidents of unruliness.
In Los Angeles, even before the confetti came down following the win, thugs took to the streets. I doubt many even ever attended a Laker game or could name the Laker starting lineup.
Nearly 40 people were arrested after hundreds of rowdy fans started bonfires in the streets, hurled rocks and bottles at officers and attacked motorists outside Staples Center.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported at least 38 arrests, most of which were for public intoxication.
Others were for vandalism and inciting a riot.
Rocks, bottles, and even one rat trap were reported to have been thrown at officers.
Police reportedly fired rubber bullets at fans who overturned a city vehicle and set several fires in the area of At Figueroa and Venice.
A mob was caught on camera surrounding as a taxi attempted to leave the Staples Center.
The crowd trapped the vehicle before hitting, rocking, and jumping on it, then opening the passenger's door.
Another crowd of people were seen knocking over a Caltrans barrier, then kicking it around a street.
One driver had to abandon his car and run to safety when aggressive revelers lit the motorist's vehicle on fire.
The flames were seen spreading to the entire car interior and the culprits fled as police and fire officials closed in.
A person in a Celtics jersey was seen being beaten by several people on the street in the area of Flower and Olympic after attempting to protect his car from vandalism.
Los Angeles city firefighters responded to 37 incidents within a half-mile radius of Staples Center in a three-hour period following the game. There were 15 rubbish fires, one vegetation fire, three vehicle fires and 18 medical aid requests for people ill or injured.
Eight people were transported by ambulance to hospitals.
The celebration parade the next day was much calmer. But I doubt you would have caught this sight during parades for the Saints.
There was a truck selling marijuana lollipops. The assortment included brands of marijuana such as OG Kush and Grand Daddy Perp.
The truck's owner, Bilal Muhammad, said he was recently forced to shut down his store in West Hollywood and had taken his business on the road.
Customers approaching his truck were asked if they had a prescription card allowing them to purchase marijuana and then were handed a free lollipop.
We may not do a lot right here in Louisiana. And we have our share of loony birds.
But we know the proper way to honor our champions.