This thing you see here is a chart of local NBA TV announcer "homerism". That little blob way at the bottom… at the convergence of "Homerism" and "Lack of NBA Knowledge" is our own Tommy Heinsohn. (click here for the full image). I don't know who put it together… nor do I really care. What I do know, however… is that this is not entirely fair.
I will not argue that Tommy is an unabashed homer. He makes other homers look objective. The Celtics are always fouled… and they never foul anyone. I get that. But to put him down there at the bottom end of "Lack of NBA Knowledge" is just not fair to him. I know its qualified with "Facility with Current Player Information & Statistics," but that's still not really fair.
I guess it really depends on what you want from a color guy. Do you want a guy who gives you random stats… or do you want a guy with 8 championships as a player and two more as a coach? Say what you want about Tommy's homerism. But to borrow a phrase from a former coach of mine, Tommy Heinsohn has forgotten more about basketball than any of us will ever know.
And this is an interesting link (via TrueHoop): NBA players (and all athletes) have to pay taxes in EVERY state in which they've played. Every single one. I know almost all of them can afford it… but that's a pain in the ass (some of you younger readers will understand later in life).
And this is a Red Sox link… but I just had to call attention to just how CRAPPY Dustin Pedroia is in the Sullivan tire commercials. Here's one where he's THRILLED to see Jim Rice. And then there's the awesome shuttle service that clearly gets him excited.