But on this lazy Wednesday, I have found sufficient time at work to become outraged about something stupid, which will now lead me to preach to you about something obvious. Ready? Ok.
Right now in the NBA Playoffs, the Phoenix Suns are playing the San Antonio Spurs. To make a long story short, during Monday night’s game, a very old, reasonably unimportant player on the Spurs committed an unreasonably hard foul on a small, ugly, Canadian, but extremely important player on the Suns. A minor scuffle ensued and while it did, two other extremely important players from the Suns came off the bench and onto the court to see what was happening, but did not enter the scuffle themselves.
The result? The two extremely important players who were NOT INVOLVED WITH THE SCUFFLE were suspended for 1 game for violating an NBA rule that players are not allowed to leave the bench during on-court incidents (this is a really big deal). The old, smelly, unimportant player for the Spurs was suspended two games (no one cares…not even him).
Recap: Spurs player commits foul. Suns lose two important players. Spurs lose old man.
Reading all of this today had me mildly outraged…but my anger was limited to the part of my brain reserved for sports (probably no more than 30%). But then I read a quote from a high-ranking NBA official (who I picture looking like this) explaining his decision, which carried my anger into the rest of my brain. He said:
“It’s not a matter of fairness. It’s a matter of correctness.”
When the people who make the rules and are in charge of enforcing the rules know that a rule is unfair and they still choose to enforce it, they are idiots. The rules are in place to ensure fairness, not just to fucking be there! When unjust rules exist or are unjustly applied, it is the responsibility of everyone, ESPECIALLY THE RULE-MAKERS, to disobey and amend them.
I know what you’re thinking…mooseknuckle, how can you equate some stupid basketball crap to important historical issues? Isn’t that a little preachy … heavy-handed … melodramatic?
The answer is yes. But I’m bored at work.
Someone get me some absinthe.