That headline may sound like a childish, personal attack if it weren’t so very true. Clearly, the guy is morbidly obese. And his idiotic proclamations about sports are approaching legendary status. Finally, we find out why his writing is so uninformed. He’s fucking blind.
But there’s one issue driving improved ratings that likely won’t be touched by all the NBA talking heads on TNT and ESPN.
Tattoos. Or rather the lack of tattoos in the conference finals.
Part of the reason more people are watching these playoffs is because the average fan isn’t constantly repulsed by the appearance of most of the players on the court. Most of the key players left in the playoffs don’t look like recent prison parolees.
The only accurate way to describe Garnett, Pierce, Duncan, Allen, Manu, Parker and even Kobe is "clean cut." Yeah, there are a couple of tattoos in that group — Duncan has something on his back, Kobe still has his post-rape-allegation tat — but the Lakers, Spurs and Celtics have far less ink on average than your typical NBA franchise.
Like most of the nonsense this guy spews, this isn’t based on any evidence or facts. It’s just his own clear distaste for tattoos projected onto the entire population of pro basketball watchers. Obviously, anyone even remotely familiar with the rosters of the remaining squads can do a quick search and come up with various examples of Kobe’s ink, KG’s ink, Chauncy Billups’ ink, Tim Duncan’s ink, or Luke Walton’s ink. But that isn’t even necessary. Whitlock’s idiotic thesis is refuted by the image that’s featured on the web page where his column appears. God bless ‘Sheed.