So, Should We Believe Donaghy?

One more bit of bitterness while I’m at it….

Some may recall that the whole “Bitter P1” thing came from some YouTube vids that I uploaded in the wake of the Mavs loss to the Heat two years ago.

I’m over it. Promise. Really not bitter about it any more. Although, it’s a fascinating exercise in human behavior that just about once a month, somebody still stops by YouTube to post a ranting comment.

In the past few days, the hits have increase, both there and here on my blog. And I can’t help but wonder if it’s related to the Tim Donaghy story.
Donaghy, as you’ll recall, is the incredibly crooked ref who’s been busted for throwing, and betting on, NBA games.

Donaghy chose NBA Finals week, no doubt timed for maximum exposure/explosion, to come out with charges that refs routinely fix games and favor certain teams. There are now rumblings that other investigations of refs may be in the works, including investigations by the FBI.

Heck, even Ralph Nader is jumping on the bandwagon.

So, I don’t know whether or not to believe Donaghy or not. But I do know this: the NBA’s credibility on this issue is tattered. Guys like Mark Cuban look more sane all the time.

And the video of those fouls that got me called “bitter” are still out there for the world to see.
It didn’t look good then. To some of us, it looks even worse now.

(BTW, in an erie bit of timing, the day Donaghy made his most recent charges about game-fixing was the day Eliot Asinof died. Who is Eliot Asinof, you ask? The guy who wrote the definitive book on America’s most notorious game-fixing scandal, “Eight Men Out.”)

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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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