I have to laugh. Someone doesn't like the results of a scientific study so he,
with absolutely NO data at his disposal, rejects it out of hand. Sometimes they
blame the messenger, sometimes the method, sometimes the scope of the study;
whatever it is, he finds a reason to minimize the message of the study in his
own mind.Yet when they agree with the results, these same people
will point to studies and statistics to support their own point of view. Whether
it is global warming, the effects of same-sex marriage, or the impact of tax
cuts, we all love to show how smart we are by quoting the studies that support
our already-existing prejudices.This is the epitome of blindness and
prejudice.You complainers do understand that this study was not
about NBA officiating, don't you? This was a social analysis that used the NBA
as the laboratory since it provided key control factors that would augment the
accuracy of the results. If you think otherwise, you missed the whole point.Try thinking a bit about what the study is really trying to say and see
if it applies to you.
It's about respect. Steve Nash is respected enough to be favored and can draw
fouls at will just like a Chris Paul or D-Will can. If a rookie tried half the
stuff Kobe does he wouldn't get away with it.
I like Sloan and Bell's take to this subject. I think trying to be conscious of
implicit biases is only going to make it worse. So who cares?
Are we actually talking about racism here, or just human nature? If I watch a
film about a group of orphans, the child that most tugs at my heart strings is
the child that looks like my own children. I suppose this study serves as a
good reminder that we all need to make a conscious effort to overcome that
tendency so we can see the real value in every person and the beauty that comes
from our diversity.
No doubt this has contributed to Yao Ming and Eduardo Najera's constant foul
trouble, considering the complete lack of Asian and Mexican referees.
Its studies like this that create the racially charged and hyper-sensitive
atmosphere we find ourselves in when discussing race. Its pointless and
accomplishes nothing. 'Lets all look within ourselves and find the
inner racist....' Bleh, I don't need it. With regard to NBA fouls,
did the authors talk to Greg Ostertag? Dude was a master at accumulating fouls.
These statistics are so insignificant and there are so many intangible elements
that could not possibly be factored in. Interesting study, but not very