Mr. Monday: The constant waves of outrage by Pinto and Cage about how the Thunder are getting jobbed on every single play can sometimes make OKC games unbearable to listen to.
Mr. Monday hates to break it to you, but the refs don’t care which team wins.
They aren’t out to get your team. They don’t want your coach, your star or your mascot to look bad.
They just don’t want to look bad. And they aren’t super psyched about getting things wrong.
There were a couple of lessons about sports that Old Man Monday taught Mr. Monday when Mr. Monday was a wee lad.
First, don’t blame your equipment. Your golf club isn’t trying to mess up your game; you’re doing a great job of that yourself.
Second, don’t blame the refs.
On Saturday, while the Sooners were laying a rain-soaked egg in Lawrence, Twitter (“Don’t Call Me X), dot com was all aflutter about the refs giving OU the royal screw job. It’s been a theme all season. The Big 12 has it out for them since the Crimson is packing up and heading to the SEC. But after their win in Dallas, the social media geniuses were saying that the Big 12 refs were biased for OU so the conference could get a team into the playoffs.
That’s the thing about complaining about the refs. If you’re swinging back and forth on a Newton’s Cradle of bias, then maybe the problem is not with the refs; it’s with your victim mentality.
This brings Mr. Monday to the newly-born Thunder season.
Mr. Monday’s original idea for today’s column was creating a list of about 80 former Thunder players who would be better on the microphone than Michael Cage, but we’ll have to save that for a rainy day.
Instead, Mr. Monday will zoom in on the constant wailing about the refs from Cage and the somehow-still-employed Matt Pinto.
Pinto, the lone voice on Thunder radio, is the Picasso of referee whining. While some OKC faithful like to kid around about an 82-0 (check that, 81-1) season, Pinto believes that somehow the gang in Thunder blue is flawlessly playing a season without ever committing a foul.
Whoever they are playing (it doesn’t matter, but mostly the Clippers or Rockets) routinely murders Thunder players and, though soaked with blood and holding the knife, are ignored by officials.
It’s. So. Tiresome.
The constant waves of outrage by Pinto and Cage about how the Thunder are getting jobbed on every single play can sometimes make OKC games unbearable to listen to. Mr. Monday is a shameless OKC Thunder homer. Going to the games with Mrs. Monday and all the Junior Mondays is a highlight of life.
But get in the car on a random Sunday afternoon and tune into the team, and it sounds like Pinto is ready to call the NBA, the opponents and refs in front of the International Criminal Court.
And here are two words that tell you what a joke complaining about fouls in the NBA really is.
When Paul played for the Hornets, Clippers and Rockets, every time he played against the Thunder, Matt Pinto likened CP3 to the lovechild of Godzilla and Jack the Ripper. Paul consistently committed human rights abuses against our beloved Thunder on nearly every play.
Until … Chris Paul became a Thunder.
All was forgiven. Seldom was heard a discouraging word.
Chris Paul was now Saint Chris Paul. He was the victim, not the villain. The refs had it out for him, and he did everything according to the NBA rulebook.
Because the ref-complaining schtick is the schtick, right?
So let’s do a little experiment, shall we?
Circle next Friday on your calendars, kids.
Warriors vs. Thunder, featuring Chris Paul himself, in the flesh.
Stick in those earbuds, tune into the game and tell Mr. Monday whether CP3 is back among the NBA’s worst criminals with his co-conspirators blowing the whistles.
If you are focused on tearing your hair out on every foul and every flag, you’re often doing just what you’re accusing the refs of.
You’re missing a great game.