This is some bullshit, man.
Well, this was inevitable. We all knew that, at some point during these playoffs, Joey Goddamn Crawford was going to find away to thrust himself into the spotlight and whip up some controversy, because Joey Crawford is the worst.
This is not a double play. It would've been, probably, if Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland caught the ball to end the play. But he didn't catch the ball. Someone else caught the ball.
In the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, 16th-seeded UNC-Asheville trailed top-seeded Syracuse by three points with 38.2 seconds remaining, Orange inbounding the ball. This was a big moment for the Bulldogs, and it would prove to be a big moment, too, for a man whose name and face you wouldn't even recognize.…
The Spoiler hasn't felt this sorry for a linesperson since Sian Massey's career was stalled thanks to a couple of old sexists and those well-meaning tabloids with their lovely headlines and ability to get pictures off Facebook.
The (alleged) vengance stems from an incident in December when Burrows was hit by Nashville's Jerred Smithson. Auger gave Smithson a five-minute major and a game misconduct, which was later rescinded because it appeared that Burrows embellished the hit. (He didn't miss a shift that game.) Since his on-ice call was…
Good thing that Major League Baseball adds two extra umpires to cover those close plays down the line in the playoffs. That way no one will have any grounds to complain that a bad call completely ruined their season.
Disgraced referee Tim Donaghy will be released from prison next week and not a moment too soon. A press release says that while in the slammer he nearly had his legs broken by a New York mobster. (Update below.)