The Utah Jazz were Robbed!

I rarely get the chance to watch a complete game of basketball, which is the only sport I can enjoy with some comprehension of what's going on. But fate has given me the opportunity to watch Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.

The Utah Jazz should have won that game. In the second quarter, Howard Eisley made a 3-point shot that was clearly released before the shot clock expired, but referee Dick Bavetta said no. Wasn't he allowed to watch the replay? The Bulls won the game, 87-86. Larry O'Brien Trophy #6.


Salt Lake City on June 14, 1998
A mascot rode a rope down from the ceiling of the Delta Center.

PA man: Dan Roberts

commentators: Bob Costas (w/ glasses), Isiah Thomas, Doug Collins
Ahmad Rashad as reporter (just got nominated to College Football HoF, 2007)

MSNBC Sports already on the web.

no Thunderstix, but white Noodle Stix (or Wiggle Stix; what do you call those vermicular balloons?)

Superman, Batman and Rodman
  • Michael Jordan had just come back from baseball
  • Scottie Pippen had a bad back, yet came in to play in the fourth quarter, grimacing
  • Rodman had partly yellow-green hair
Toni Kukoc, Luc Longley, Ron Harper (with flu)

Phil Jackson still had a beard.

lots of illegal defense calls against the Bulls in the first half

Karl Malone, John Stockton and Antoine Carr
coach Jerry Sloan

The Mailman and Batman chewing gum while playing

victory cigar for the Bulls; those were the nineties...

MJ the MVP

*In the fourth quarter, Chicago's Ron Harper made a shot that left his hand after the shot-clock expired, but he was credited for it.

I feel for the Utah Jazz! You see, no one remembers the details. All most people remember is that it was the Bulls' second threepeat, and of course it was on account of Michael Jordan first, and Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson... The Utah Jazz? Oh, they've never won a championship. And John Stockton has gone down in history as the best point guard who never won an NBA championship.

Say it with me: Life is unfair.