Final Thoughts from a "Bitter" P1

Thanks to Gordon Keith and Bob and Dan putting the link on their blogs. Bob and Dan’s blog called me a “bitter P1.” However, even as they change out much of the other info on their blog, they’ve kept the link to my post on their main page for well over a week.

Soooo, methinks they doth enjoy it a little more than they let on.

It’s fine guys. I’m honored to do your dirty work for you.

And I still really don’t think I’m bitter about all this. But I know the more I say that, the worse it looks. So I’m gonna stop saying it now.

Bottom line? I still don’t think it’s wrong to point out how Wade gets treated differently than other players.

A final special word to all you “bitter” San Antonio fans:

I’ll simply ask you to look at the stats….the number of fouls called on Dirk stayed very consistent throughout the Dallas/Spurs series. So, even though you might argue a call here or there, on average it averages out and it’s impossible to say that the foul calls given to Dirk made a significant difference overall.

… when a player (Wade) gets 200 and 250 percent more free throw attempts in the final two finals games
… when his finals FTA average is 143 percent higher than his season average…

I think that does make a huge difference. And when some of the calls end up being so ridiculously bad, it just adds to the frustration some of us feel. But I’m over it, really. No, really….swear….

And while I am personally done talking about it, I do hope others keep this issue alive in the future. Because, to my mind, Wade will never be a great player unless the fouls called on him are in line with what others are getting.

Lots of you out there clearly agreed with me. Others of you didn’t.

Overall, it’s been a fun diversion this past week. But it IS time to move on now.

I’ve got lots more interesting things to blog about next week. Heck, I might even blog about the Rangers.

I can tell you that I finally have video of the Dan Fogelberg Tribute Show to share with you.

Look forward to that.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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