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1985 NBA Draft Lottery Conspiracy Many NBA fans steadfastly claim that the league's first draft lottery, held in 1985, was rigged. Prior to 1985, the two teams that finished in last place in the NBA's two conferences used a coin toss to determine which of the bottom-feeders would pick first overall in the collegiate draft that summer. This practice led to the accusation that some teams that had little hope of being competitive were deliberately tanking games to get in on the coin toss. To make tanking a less attractive proposition, the NBA instituted a 'draft lottery' in 1985 in which the seven teams that did not qualify for the playoffs had an equal chance of getting the first overall pick. In 1985 that selection would obviously be used to choose Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University who had led the Hoyas to three berths in the NCAA final in four years. Even before the draft was held there was scuttlebutt that the NBA would rig the draw so that the New York Knicks, the team with the biggest TV market, would get the #1 pick. The lottery was held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. CBS televised the lottery between halves of a playoff game. As this clip shows, it was a very simplistic lottery. Seven sealed envelopes, each containing a team's logo, were put into a transparent sphere drum. The drum was spun. Commissioner David Stern selected the seven envelopes one at a time for the one to seven draft slots in that order. Almost immediately conspiracy theorists argued the draw had been rigged in favor of the Knicks. The fourth envelope tossed into the drum contained the Knicks' logo. It ended up with a bent corner because it was tossed into the drum more strongly than the other envelopes. Some cynics even claim the Knicks' envelope was frozen so Commissioner Stern would select the coldest envelope first! Others point out that the law firm responsible for overseeing the fairness of the lottery had a financial interest in the Knicks. Interestingly, the team that ended up with the seventh pick, Golden State, had the worst record in the NBA in 1984-85. In previous years they would have gotten no worse than the second pick. David Stern has always scoffed at the idea that the 1985 lottery was rigged. Watch for yourself and decide if anything was amiss.
Tags: 1985  NBA  draft  lottery  conspiracy 
Added: 21st May 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
CNN Launches The Cable News Network was launched at 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday June 1, 1980. After an introduction by Ted Turner, the husband and wife team of David Walker and Lois Hart anchored the first newscast.
Tags: CNN  Cable  News  Network  June  1,  1980  Ted  Turner  David  Walker  and  Lois  Hart  anchored  first  newscast 
Added: 1st June 2015
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Posted By: Steve
The New People Tags: The  New  People  ABC  TV  television  1969  Rod  Serling  Larry  Gordon  Aaron  Spelling    students  Tiffany  Bolling  Zooey  Hall  Jill  Jaress  David  Moses  Dennis  Olivieri  Peter  Ratray  over  30    South  Seas  Island  plane  crash  over  30  Pacific  Ocean  survivorscounterculture 
Added: 16th July 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Then Came Bronson Tags: Then  Came  Bronson  Michael  Parks  NBC  1969  1970  MGM  James  Jim  Bronson  Harley  Davidson  Sportster  Motorcycle  cross  country  journey  travel  find  ones  self 
Added: 27th July 2015
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Posted By: Cliffy
Dr Smith and David Lee Roth Tags: Dr  Smith  and  David  Lee  Roth  comic  funny  joke  aging  age  older 
Added: 31st July 2015
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Posted By: Freckles
David Bowie Passes At Age 69 David Bowie passed away with his family surrounding him. He was secretly battling cancer for the last 18 months.
Tags: David  Bowie  cancer  dead  Space  Oddity  Ground  Control  To  Major  Tom   
Added: 11th January 2016
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Posted By: Music Maiden
Friends - Ross and Rachel First Kiss Another famous sitcom smooch from Season #2 of Friends: It's not really the first kiss between Ross and Rachel, but its the first memorable one. For a decade Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) has had a major crush on his sister's best friend Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). A combination of unlucky events--and Ross' shyness--prevents him from telling Rachel his true feelings. A chance viewing of an old prom video, however, reveals that Ross and Rachel are each other's "lobsters."
Tags: Friends  kiss  Ross  Rachel  lobster 
Added: 3rd February 2016
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Posted By: Lava1964
Pickles the Pooch Finds Stolen World Cup The Jules Rimet Trophy--more commonly known as soccer's World Cup--was stolen on March 20, 1966. It was snatched from a glass display case at Methodist Central Hall in the Westminster section of London, England when the security guard assigned to keep an eye on it was temporarily absent from his post. England was going to host the quadrennial soccer tourney in three months--and the theft was a huge embarrassment for the country's Football Association. Shortly thereafter Joe Mears, the president of the F.A., received a parcel containing part of the World Cup. It was accompanied by a ransom note from a man calling himself Jackson. It demanded 15,000 British pounds in small denominations or else he would melt down the golden symbol of soccer supremacy. Mears contacted the police who arranged for a detective named Len Buggy to act on behalf of the ailing Mears who suffered from heart trouble. Buggy agreed to meet Jackson at London's Battersea Park at a specified time. Buggy brought a briefcase containing only about 500 pounds but Jackson did not bother to count it. Instead he got into Buggy's car and instructed him to drive aimlessly around London for 10 minutes. Jackson noticed a police van tailing the car. He panicked and attempted to escape on foot. He was quickly apprehended and identified as Edward Betchley, a 46-year-old army veteran. He claimed to be acting as a middle-man for a mysterious fellow he called The Pole. Betchley was the only man who was ever arrested in connection with the crime. He served two years in prison and died shortly thereafter of emphysema in 1969. The World Cup was missing for a week until David Corbett took Pickles--his mongrel dog--for a walk in the Norwich section of London on March 27. Pickles was drawn to a bundle tightly wrapped in newspaper lying near a parked car. Corbett removed the newspaper and there was the World Cup! Corbett immediately contacted police--who promptly interrogated him as a possible suspect. They finally let him go at 2:30 a.m. for lack of evidence. Pickles became a celebrity pooch. He was named Dog of the Year, was awarded a year's supply of dog food, appeared on several British TV shows, and had a feature role in a movie. Pickles was also invited to appear on TV programs in Chile, Yugoslavia and Brazil, but Corbett declined the offers as they would have required Pickles to go through strict quarantine measures and get several vaccinations to travel abroad. Corbett estimates that Pickles earned him 3000 pounds--money he put toward the purchase of a new house. When England won the World Cup on July 30, Pickles was invited to attend the team's private post-match victory party--a gathering so exclusive that even the players' wives were barred by the F.A.! Sadly Pickles accidentally suffocated in 1967 when his choke leash became entangled in a tree.
Tags: Pickles  dog  stolen  World  Cup  soccer 
Added: 19th February 2016
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ball Night Causes MLB Forfeit - 1995 I bet you didn't know there have been 139 forfeits in Major League Baseball history. The most recent occurred on August 10, 1995 when the Los Angeles Dodgers forfeited a game to the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning. It happened to be "Ball Night" at Dodger Stadium--so the crowd was conveniently armed with free autographed baseballs that had been given out to them when they passed through the turnstiles. Three times the crowd reacted hostilely when calls went against the home team, littering the field with baseballs. With the Dodgers trailing 2-1 in the ninth inning, another barrage of baseballs descended from the seats when Raul Mondesi struck out. (Plate umpire Jim Quick's strike call on the 3-1 pitch was, admittedly, horrible.) Crew chief Bob Davidson had enough of the missiles and terminated the game. Here's ESPN's brief report on what happened.
Tags: forfeit  MLB  Dodgers  Ball  Night 
Added: 1st June 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bing Davdison Tragic Death One of Hollywood's lesser known tragedies was the death of small-time actor James (Bing) Davidson, a 25-year-old Nebraskan who fell to his doom in 1965. Davidson, whose screen credits show just three small roles, was in the company of actor Paul Lynde in San Francisco on July 17, 1965. Lynde was well known to be a heavy drinker; he and Davidson had both heavily imbibed that night. At some point of drunkenness at the Drake Hotel, Davidson decided to demonstrate a daredevil stunt--hanging from a balcony by his fingertips. In full view of several horrified onlookers (and police officers who had been summoned), Davidson lost his grip and fell to his death from the eighth floor of the hotel. Lynde was absolved of any blame, but the incident was hushed up for years as the circumstances surrounding it may have derailed Lynde's acting career.
Tags: Bing  Davidson  fall  Paul  Lynde   
Added: 9th July 2017
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Posted By: Lava1964

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