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The Downbeat - 21 December 2009 - #126 - The Updated Jinxing Edition

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1_medium As you may or may not have noticed, I missed the ITLITTDOC on Friday.  Getting a bit behind on them has become somewhat of a tradition in and of itself.  Either way, a new one is coming at 9 and the catchup one if coming at 2.

2_medium Great video of Karl Malone and Clyde Drexler putting on a dunk show in-game,


8_medium I hereby request a moratorium on discussing the Knicks pick.  The reason being that the Knicks started out 3-14, just barely above the Nets.  Since then, they've gone 6-3 and are showing signs of life.

So in accordance with the jinxing guidelines, I propose that we don't discuss the Knicks pick until after the season is over and until after the lottery results are announced. And even then, we wouldn't want an injury to befall a top pick.

Of course, if things are stated factually, then you might be okay.  But even then, it would be hard to persuade the basketball gods that we were being unbiased. And even then, it's not in good taste to root for the misery of a team that's not a direct rival.

But if you insist on rooting for the Knicks to lose, remember to keep the thoughts in your head.  Do not write them and do not speak them.

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I don't get how the Jazz are reporting so many ticket sales when the ESA seems to be half empty (or full depending on your view I guess) each night.  I know a sold ticket does not necessarily equal a butt in the seat, but it still seems off.  Are there some accounting tricks that someone knows of that boosts these numbers?  Is the attendance numbers actual attendance numbers or are they sales?  Not sure.

Either way, the Jazz are in the top 5 of the league in ticket sales despite the economy.  That's pretty impressive.

Other numbers that jump out - Bulls remain at the top despite having a very poor record.  Same goes for Golden State.  On the other hand, the Suns are a bit low.

Rk   Team   Attendance Home Games Average
1 Chicago Bulls  268,079 13 20,621
2 Cleveland Cavaliers  267,306 13 20,562
3 Portland Trail Blazers  285,958 14 20,426
4 Los Angeles Lakers  322,949 17 18,997
5 Utah Jazz  280,828 15 18,722
6 Dallas Mavericks  258,250 14 18,446
7 New York Knickerbockers  254,894 14 18,207
8 Golden State Warriors  197,280 11 17,935
9 Oklahoma City Thunder  250,902 14 17,922
10 San Antonio Spurs  264,749 15 17,650
11 Orlando Magic  209,532 12 17,461
12 Washington Wizards  189,661 11 17,242
13 Boston Celtics  223,488 13 17,191
14 Denver Nuggets  221,031 13 17,002
15 Houston Rockets  185,635 11 16,876
16 Atlanta Hawks  229,797 14 16,414
17 Detroit Pistons  209,493 13 16,115
18 Toronto Raptors  225,401 14 16,100
19 Miami Heat  255,256 16 15,954
20 Phoenix Suns  174,364 11 15,851
21 Los Angeles Clippers  226,926 15 15,128
22 Charlotte Bobcats  191,929 13 14,764
23 Minnesota Timberwolves  206,595 14 14,757
24 Milwaukee Bucks  206,387 14 14,742
25 New Orleans Hornets  189,586 13 14,584
26 Indiana Pacers  167,137 12 13,928
27 Philadelphia 76ers  188,579 14 13,470
28 New Jersey Nets  147,550 11 13,414
29 Sacramento Kings  161,514 13 12,424
30 Memphis Grizzlies  149,516 13 11,501

5_medium  Shums set up a Facebook page for SLC Dunk last year.  Is there any interest in resurrecting that?