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Isiah's All Right

Couple of thoughts about two of the day's biggest stories. First, hiking on a giant mountain in the middle of winter with the threat of blizzard, in terms of death risk, makes race car driving look like lacrosse. Why isn't anybody in the media pointing that out? Climb a mountain when there is a good chance of getting a blizzard? Though I really feel for what those three climbers must have gone through, the whole thing is absolutely insane to me. All the talk about God taking care of them was wearing thin, too. Does He get the blame now? "Well, Wolf, God must not have liked them much or been watching over them, that much is obvious."

Isiah Thomas is getting a bad rap for the fact that he warned Carmelo Anthony not to come into the paint at the end of Knicks-Denver game that ended in what people are calling the "Basket Brawl" (I don't know if it warrants a name, but it was a bad one). Man, Thomas played with in Detroit with Bill Laimbeer. His team was hard-fouling, sometimes brutal. They were called the Bad Boys. And they won two championships. There was nothing wrong with the hard foul -- Denver was blowing them out and keeping in their starters late in a blowout. It was perceived as running up the score, showing up the Knicks. Like it or not, turf is protected in pro sports, sometimes via the infliction of immense pain (take the baseball beaning as one of the the more extreme examples). The foul was wrong, but it fell well within the bounds of the unwritten codes of the game. The flailing about and sucker-punching didn't. I say suspend Anthony 20 games. Maybe fine Isaiah some token amount, $20,000, and give most of the rest of the participants between five and ten games.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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