Blog Post #10: See ya later. It’s been real, yo.

Well. This is it. It was fun. I’m still not sure how I ended up here, and I am definitely still not sure how to read Economic news, but, hey, it’s time to wrap it up.

How did this all start? When it was announced that our sources would come from Cracked, I was ecstatic. I loved Cracked, and always had wondered just how accurate their stories were. However, being a more comedic news site, I decided to try something a little unexpected. I set out to find the most boring, dull, subject I could possibly find, and make it interesting. What did I end up with? Economics, of course.

When I used to think of economics, I thought of this:

or this:

But sadly, for the rest of my life, I will only think of this:

You see, I discovered why economic news is presented in such a boring fashion. It’s that boring. After digging through historic economics books and financial debt reports, I was almost to the point of giving up. Even articles with awesome names involving fake sugary tobacco products turned out to only be painstakingly brutal to have to read. It was a challenge to even remain conscious at some points.

After finding my Cracked article, I turned to the library database for finding a few academic article. Databases are tricky. They make you feel like you’re doing everything write half the time, but the other half, you just sit there and stare at it.

Because I don’t particularly like, academic articles, and also slightly because I don’t like having to read articles off of a computer, I decided to go the now-more-unconventional route and find a few books. This was a smart idea. Why? Because I really like libraries and seeing shelves of books stacked more than halfway to the ceiling is cool, and distracts me from the fact that the book I am picking up contains more economic news that I am going to have to suffer through.

I was also lucky enough to have some excellent news stories over my subject in the actual Cracked article. Overall, I was able to put together more than enough excellent sources. Whether or not I will ever try to make a subject so horrid into an interesting story again, however, all depends on how this paper turns out…

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And Then We All Did A Happy Dance!

The time has come the end of these research blogs. I feel no emotion except excitement for this portion of the class being completed. Only now i feel some agony for the now daunting task of writing the actual paper.  Oh wait i’m getting ahead of myself let’s start at the very beginning.

Sound of Music Group - Let's start at the very beginning it's a very good place to start

It all began a short couple of months ago…(fades to dream sequence)

When this was assigned We were told to go to Cracked.com to find an article that talked about common myths. While reading through some of the article I stumbled across one in particular that caught my attention, Five Facts Everyone Gets Wrong About Depression.

 

” I’ve stumbled onto something great!”

Given depression is not the most appealing of subjects to look deeper into, I still wanted to learn more about this troubling mental disease. After reading over the  myths Cracked.com talked i noticed I myself thought some of them to be true. Once committed to depression as my topic i began the journey of deeping up the facts.

As a class we started meeting in the library. Figuring out  how to use databases and getting a feel for finding viable sources to form our research. For me I found more myths about depression some matching up to cracked a few new ones. At the start i noticed the population as a whole knows little about how depression effects people and their families.

 

Depression affects everyone.

So I personally could get a better understanding about depression I looked up what depression is. This told me what depression was and what were some ways people are affected by it. It was then i decided I would look into some studies about it depression, bu there was a problem while searching the databases.

When searching for things about depression it is a very broad topic and it is hard to narrow down what you are looking for. Given Proquest and Ebsco provided me with some usable articles and journal entries it was honestly just a headache for me.

” Why databases??!?! Why?!?!?!?!?”

No worries though Proquest provided not one but two usable sources (found them after i drugged up on the headache meds). The first usable article I came across was one about a study about the importance of recognizing depressive symptoms in people.  The second one being about the long term effects of depression on a person and what is can cause.  So in the end Proquest came through for me.

Honestly every time i have used Ebsco It just makes me personally hate it more (ever since middle school this has been the case) Besides that i was able to find one useful article. It discusses the physical risk that have become associated with depression, if someone suffers a long time from it.

My search did not end with those two databases though. After a while i went to Google Scholar, which allowed me see several different reliable sources (well since i was on OSU internet). I found this one source that the influence of stress on depression.     My other google provided source was one from the World Health Organization talking about how depression is a world wide health problem.

This wraps up up my research that has occurred over this assignment.

But now the real fun will begin……

It’s Been a Long Time Coming (Blog 10)

 

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This by far has been the most extensive research experience I have been apart of in my academic existence.  And looking back it really hasn’t been that bad.  However, don’t take me the wrong way I have most definitely had my struggles. Early into the research process I quickly began to experience hardships. 

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After finding an article on Cracked, I was actually very enthusiastic to further dive into the research of the myth that natural drugs are not necessarily better for you than synthetic drugs.  After a few days of researching I quickly realized that surprisingly there were not many academic articles that compared natural and synthetic drugs.  So then I decided to just research the effects of natural drugs on the body.  I found a little more information but still nothing that was going to provide me with enough information to write a whole paper on.  By this point I was pretty much ready to pull my hair out. 
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But suddenly I remembered that I am in college and when it comes to writing I don’t have a teacher hounding me on little specific details that don’t seem relative the paper I am trying to write.  This is when i decided to change my topic around.  I decided to change my topic to the effects of Heroin.  One of heroin’s most harmful substance is a called opium which is actually naturally found in the poopy seed.  This was interesting to me because obviously heroin is altered by humans but one of the most lethal substances in the drug comes from a natural plant.  This opened up a whole new world of research. 
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My lightbulb had been switched on and suddenly i was provided with more information than i knew what to do with.  I found all sorts of articles from Jstor that talked about economic issues, child birth complications, drug related crime, and all other sorts of things linked with the use of heroin.  After finding all of these great articles on scholarly sources my mind was never tempted to google, or peek at any random sight that i found on the internet relating to my topic.  The main thing that i have learned through the process of research this year is that you are not always going to find exactly what you are looking for right away, but with persistence and tweeking, not twerking, you can really have a lot of fun and find great things to work with. 

Well Nothing To Do Now But Write

The research project started out with me finding out we have to do a research paper a very in depth research paper. horror

My first thoughts were of horror—which is from the two research papers I wrote in high school.My teachers in high school were always very strict about having to do everything in class and in a certain way. I did not like doing everything in class because I just wanted to do it all at one time, so I wanted to be able to research at home as well. I also did not like that the teachers made all of us write in the same way. I do not like doing outlines or prewriting. I am much better at writing the paper all at one time and then going back, and fixing it. My high school teachers also always made us write in thesis sentence support topic sentence support. This made for very uncreative writing—which I am sure my papers are still uncreative because of this. My high school definitely shaped the way I think about research papers and writing in general which is I hate it. I am not very good at it either. pro

So when the project started I was dreading it. However, the paper has gone much better than I expected probably because the writing part has not started yet. Another thing that I always hated about research papers other than writing is the research part. It was always very hard for me to find good academic sources on my topics. However, again this has gone much better with this paper. This is probably because I have the OSU library databases to use. Now after my rant about how horrible research papers are I can talk about the process that I went through to do my research. I started off the process by selecting a topic of course. I searched Cracked.com just randomly clicking on articles that looked interesting to me. I finally clicked on 6 Ridiculous Myths about Stuff We Use Every Day. The number one myth is the one that caught my attention. It is the myth that microwaving/freezing plastic containers releases deadly toxins. I picked this because it is something that I have had to deal with my step dad never left us heat stuff up in plastic because he said it would kill us. I followed this up by looking into the linking listed in my article. Nowhere better to start then with the information used to write the article. From there I started researching on the OSU library databases, and the two I used were EBSCO and ProQuest. From there I found academic and popular magazine articles which I thought would be very helpful in my research. During the process or researching I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the sources that I had gathered.

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This whole research paper experience has gone so much better than I thought it would. This time I have actually enjoyed doing the research to find out the facts behind my myth. This was probably helped by the fact that this is the first research paper that I have gotten to pick the topic, so that made the entire process more enjoyable because I actually wanted to know about the topic.

The Grand Finale

Researching for a project is not always a nice walk through the park. Just like myself, I think that most people have their moments of frustration and doubts when researching. 

When I first started my research I probably looked like a lost puppy. It always seems like one of the hardest parts in the process of researching is where you begin. “How can beginning a research project be hard when theres a whole web to surf?” One might ask. Well… it is not always as easy as pie. You can’t really just start searching, you first need to find a proper database to search from. Whereas the web is filled with lots of facts and helpful information, it also contains lies and misleading thoughts.

To be honest, I don’t find researching enjoyable, but I know that sometimes it’s just something I have to do. It can be very frustrating because I don’t always find the quality of information that I think I will need for my project. That was a problem that I can across this time around. I found a lot of articles that basically stated the same thing but in a different way. Or not all the sources I found could really relate back to the cracked article. I was not able to find many articles to prove both sides of the cracked article. All the sources I found pretty much seem to take on side. This is not always a bad thing, but for the sake of this project I am trying to portray both sides while making one of them a little more dominant. Also, whenever I am doing research I always feel like I am not doing it right. At this point I am still feeling like maybe I don’t have enough information.

Despite the problems and frustration I have come across, I am still trying to push through to do this research. First, I started by looking at the cracked article I choose to research more about.  I looked at the sources listed in the cracked article and read through those to understand the cracked article more. Then, I began researching on the library database and that is where I found majority of my sources. I have found quite a bit of information, but like I mentioned earlier I am not sure if it is “enough” information. I plan on doing a little more research on my own to get to the point where I can feel comfortable with the amount of research I have done.

I have found blogging to be helpful, because I was able to jot down information as well as read my classmates blogs. Even though the blogging hasn’t been that bad I am still glad this is the last one!!!

Getting Down To the Facts

Searching for sources is not always fun… and when I say not always fun, It’s not really fun at all. But in order to do a research paper it is a must that you need to find souces. Here is a list of a few of the sources I have found for my research paper:

Article 1: The first article that I will definitely be using in my project is the cracked article itself.  “6 Ridiculous Science Myths You Learned in Kindergarten” is where I started my process. This article itself has many other sources in which it pulled it’s own information from. These sources are listed throughout the cracked article. The main claim of this article is that it is a myth that milk is good for your bones. The cracked article explains why this previously known fact is a myth and pulls information for other sources which are located in throughout the cracked article.

Article 2: “Controlled High Meat Diets Do Not Affect Calcium Retention or Indices of Bone Status in Healthy Postmenopausal Women” is another source that I found. One helpful thing about this specific article is that at the bottom it lists other articles citing this article. The main subject of this article is high meat diets and how they affect  calcium retention and indices in bone health. This article is not really about the main claim of the cracked article, but instead brings in another aspect. The article is talking about high meat diets and how that plays a role with calcium and bone health. The writers did an experiment testing controlled high and low meat diets. The reason I might use this article in my project is because it is different from all the other and talks about other side points that can in the end add to the project as a whole. The article also provides a lot of interesting information throughout the text.

Article 3: “Milk Matters: for strong bones, for lifelong health” is another one of my sources that I think will be very helpful in my project. This source is not actually just a plain article, it is an eBook. This is probably one of the most helpful soures that I found. The eBook is from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. This source provides a plethora of information about milk, calcium and bone health. I really find this eBook helpful and interesting because the information is straight forward. There are also multiple pictures and charts that add the the eBook and make it that much better. The main subject of the article is about how milk and calcium ARE good for bones. When relating this source back to the cracked article, this source is going against what the cracked article is stating. This source is saying how milk is good for your bones. I think this is a good source to use, because it shows that opposing side to the cracked article and does so by using a lot of interesting and helpful information.

Article 4: “Calcium: It’s Good For Your Bones.” As the title reads, this article is all about calcium. I found this article by searching through the library database. This article is located on ProQuest.com. It contains a lot of facts and talks about how you can get more calcium into your diet. I like how this article talks strictly about calcium and what it does for bones because there is a lot of helpful information and after all, milk contains calcium. This article also challenges the cracked article.

Article 5: “Milk minerals (including trace elements) and bone health.” I found this article from the library database. What is cool about this article is that it contains a long list of other sources at the end. Like some of the other articles I skimmed through, this article talks about osteoporosis and ways to prevent it from happening. The focus of this article besides bone diseases such as osteoporosis, is the importance of ‘milk minerals.’ In relation to the cracked article, like many of the other articles I found, this one goes against was the cracked article is saying.

Article 6: “Got Calcium?” Once again this article came from the library database. You can also find this article by searching on ProQuest.com or Good Housekeeping. This article talks a lot about calcium and vitamin D. It is also very helpful because it gives out tips and other information about how to have  good bone health. This article goes against the cracked article.

Article 7: “The dairy debate: Does milk build stronger bones?” This article actually comes from the cracked article itself. The main focus of this article is questioning whether or not milk helps to build stronger bones. What is interesting about this article is that its not saying that milk isn’t good for you bones, but is basically stating that there are other efficient ways to receive calcium and such minerals besides milk. This article backs up the cracked article in a sense considering it is listed in the cracked article itself. However, this article is not stating that milk is not ‘not’ good for your bones, so it really gives you something to think about.

Article 8: “Calcium, dairy products, and bone health in children and young adults: a reevaluation of the evidence.” This is another article that is directly from the cracked article. Research is done in this article to prove if dairy products are better for bone health than other foods that contain calcium. This article backs up the cracked article because it is basically saying that dairy products to not bring anymore of a consistent benefit to children and young adult bone health then do other foods that contain calcium. However, once again this article is not necessarily  stating that milk is not good for bones.

At Last (I hope you are all singing the song now).

It is actually quite sad that this whole blog thing is over. Now where I a supposed to get my frustration/sarcasm out at? 🙂 Kidding. Well, kind of.

Okay, so if you haven’t been following, this post will sum it up.

you underestimate my power

Well, to begin with I wasn’t happy with writing a research paper. I don’t care to research unless it is like super interesting. And TBH, not to fond of concussions, or any other “sciencey” things. Still, it was the best I had in the 20 minutes I had to find an article. Turns out, after this whole process it wasn’t that bad. It is now interesting. The whole question was and still is, “Should people sleep after having a concussion?” Well, I thought.. there isn’t going to be a complicated answer, but of course I was wrong and it is complicated in a way. It is neither yes or no. It is simply “It depends.”

Yeah, after all that research I still can’t fully answer. Each individual will have to do some of there own research to decide that. But I can at least now help differentiate between when it is most likely you should sleep or not, in a way. Ha.

Alright, so how did I come up with this concept or “answer”? Well it began with these posts, which were hard to figure out. I loved it once I was told to be creative and figured out the pictures and that I could be, well, sassy about things. Ha. It started to be really fun even though the research still sucked. Going back and naming them was fun too, and it was cool to see the progress and now all the sudden I have loads of information for this paper and I didn’t even really know til the annotated bib. I appreciate this blog so much, because it wasn’t hard and it really was entertaining and I got work done without knowing it. I guess that is because it was little assignments at a time. Which was cool.

That was the blog process, but the research process itself was interesting too. First, all the sources kind of said the same thing, well then it slowly progressed to other search words and then all of the sudden I had different kinds of articles, telling me different kinds of things about concussions, things I didn’t even think to search about or question. Now I have some substance to the argument. Now it is all forming it into what I want to say and how exactly to say it will be the trick. So, at last (hopefully the song gets stuck in your head now), we are done researching but now it is organizing and figuring out the structure and words to say to present all of the (actually exciting) information I have.

The cracked article was vague and very un-serious about the topic and so was I when I began the research, but soon vague turned into detailed and un-serious turned into interested. Had it not been for the process we took to get here, I would still be uninteresting and stressed about a boring topic.

Well thank you Mr. Gosling. 

The Struggle will be Real

Okay so let me start out with what is really scaring me… I have this awful feeling that everything I have researched is wrong. I have doubts in the depth of the research and if I approached the project properly. I sure hope I did or else, I may have to start completely over with my research. Now that I have that off my chest lets sum this whole project up:

sont srone me bro

At the beginning I really was unsure how to approach the entire project. I wanted to choose a topic that would have a fair amount of speculation surrounding it. I would have loved to do something more sports related because I have much more knowledge of it. I guess researching The Use Drones is good for me overall. I have been able to learn a lot about public opinion and clauses that are used to defeat some parts of the constitution, making me a better citizen I guess.

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So much time spent on these databases…

So far we have just been doing some easy research, and the entire class is better for it because w knocked out the toughest part of the project.

Basically we have been blogging about articles we have found and this has helped me dig deeper into the information than I normally would in any other project. How the project was structured made it much easier to spread out our work over a 5-6 week period. I still procrastinated by waiting to post blogs till the last minute, but at least I wont be panicking the day before this is due searching for research.

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Now to my recent doubt, I think I have approached the project in the right way, but I still think I have done a poor job of proving the Cracked.com article wrong/right. I guess some creative writing will answer my doubts. I keep having these feelings that my article was very vague on the topic.

The ‘eureka’ moment has yet to come to my mind/project but hopefully it will come while working on my drafts in the coming weeks. The writing process will take a lot out of me, so once this whole process is over I will feel a giant weight come off my back.

weight of the world

 

 

A Source’s Tale

I sit listening to my 80’s music and think how do I start this blog? I then decided to start it with the previous sentence for two reasons one: why not! Two: it is a mild form of procrastination, as is every sentence up til now. I type onward to a more serious blog…probably. So to start the story.

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This image is to set the mood.

Once upon a time there was an article posted on a noble website. This honorable website is in search of truth, justice and the debunkment of myths (Debunkment: the process of revealing a falsehood). It is called Cracked.com.

There are many tales I could tell, but one takes precedence tonight. It is a compelling story of our protagonist Cracked.com and an evil antagonist The MythThe Myth’s evil method of the destruction of truth is that…*Pause for effect*… Science was dead in the Middle Ages

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Gasp!

Never fear! This injustice will not stand because look! Up yonder hill is Cracked.com and his merry band of sources ready to fight The Myth until it is no more. They charge down the hill in a blurred mass of shining armor and justice wielding weapons. They reach The Myththe battle is almost won! Our heroes taste the sweet and intoxicating taste of victory but wait a twist in our tale! The Myth is a Malignant Magician that has multiplied. He and his multiples have fled to all corners of the universe with their power of dissaperation. Cracked.com and his merry band of sources must split up and stop The Myth before irrevocable damage is done.

Our first source poetically named Sacerdotal Source (Sacerdotal: priestly, pertaining to priestly interests), has found his foe. They square up for a duel to debunkment or death. The Myth’s weapon of choice ignorance. Sacerdotal Source chooses to arm himself with Beowulf. The duel begins! Beowulf slices through The Myth’s ignorance with ease. *Beowulf is an epic that was translated and rewritten by a monk in the Middle Ages. I plan to use this source to prove Cracked.com’s point that monks were responsible for the preservation and translation of many literary works that would have other wise been lost* The victor: Beowulf! But wait another source has tracked down The Myth

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Our next sources are twins. They are the, Sauterelle Sources (Sauterelle: mason’s tool for making angles). They chase down The Myth and corner him. Their weapon of justice is the mighty Gothic Cathedral! The battle is over before it even began. *I plan on using the book The Gothic Cathedral by Otto von Simpson and The Gothic Enterprise  by Robert A. Scott. The Gothic Enterprise is an online book I found on JSTOR. The Cracked.com article does not use Gothic Cathedrals as a way to disprove Science was Dead in the Middle ages, but I am including it for several reasons. One being I plan on talking about Cathedral Schools and I think it would be beneficial for my paper to include backgrounds of the cathedrals these schools were in. Also no one can look at these architectural masterpieces and deny that the Middle Ages was still an age were progress was made in the area of science. Both books discuss the process of building the Cathedrals.* Two of the Multiplying Myths are down for the count.

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Yes, I did just bring this image back for its third appearance in my blogs.

Our next sources have searched far and wide to find The Myth. They have witnessed the destruction left in the wake of the fleeing Mythbut finally through perseverance the Scholarch Sources (Scholarch: head of a school) has found its opponent. The Scholarch Sources arm themselves with knowledge and education. The Myth cowers before their might and surrenders because he know he cannot win. *My sources for this part of the story are The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages by Edward Grant and Medieval Science and Technology by Elspeth Whitney. These two books give details over the first schools (Cathedral Schools and there legacy the University). The book by Edward Grant gives additional information over some of the early masters of the schools. This information coincides with Cracked.com’s claim that “universities were popping up all over Europe.”* 

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Many multiples of The Malignant Myth have been dealt with, but still two more are at large wreaking havoc. Our next sources take us back to a time when Athens was still a prominent Greek city. -What? You say. How can this be? I thought we were discussing the Middle Ages?! Allow me to explain- OurSesquipedalian Sources (Sesquipedalian: Tending to use long or cumbersome words) caught up with The Myth when he stopped to spread his lies about the Middle Ages. The Myth thought about fighting but realized it was a losing battle and chose to surrender. The Sesquipedalian Sources accepted his defeat and tied him up with translated Greek and Arabic works. -Aha! That is where Athens comes in- The Sesquipedalian Sources are two different sources with two very different strengths, this is why they work so well together. *I plan on using the book Science in the Middle Ages by David C. Lindberg to talk about the revival and translation of Greek texts. This is important to my paper because the translated texts were the main curriculum in the Cathedral Schools and universities. My other source is the book Medicine before Science by Roger French. I put this source with Science in the Middle Ages because the translated works of Aristotle was a major part of the curriculum for medical students. I include Roger French’s  book to give support to Cracked.com’s claim that their were doctors in the Middle Ages*

Finally the merry band of sources bring their prisoners The Multiplied Myth back to their valiant leader Cracked.com to face trial for his evil-doings. 

THE END

Acknowledgements : First to the internet thank you for providing exhaustless information. I relied heavily upon you this blog and you never failed me. Next to Mr. Tunningly for giving me inspiration for this blog in the form of Blog #9 Assignment Sheet. To Spotify for keeping my energy flowing with your amazing playlists. And finally to all my sources who inspired my characters and gave me valuable information. Without you this blog would not have happened.

A note from the author: It was in this blog that I discovered how to change the colors of the text, which I took full advantage of (if you know your rainbows you might recognize the pattern!). Also this blog post took me a ridiculously long time! Finally Cracked.com is one of my sources, so there is in fact eight in total. As for the names of the sources, each one pertains to the actual source I plan to use, except the last one. I put that one in for the sheer irony of it. Also I found every one of those words on the internet, I had never heard of them before tonight. A few final parting words: Good Night and did anyone catch the Harry Potter reference?!

Rounding turn 4, headed for the checkered flag

The sources I have found range from newspaper stories, to journal articles, to  research studies. Let’s get right into it.

The first, the initial cracked article that caught my attention titled “3 reasons why people think the NBA is as rigged as wrestling” by Alex Schmidt. It simply points out the 3 major reasons people doubt the integrity of the National Basketball Association. The one that made me really wonder was the video attached below.

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Ever seen this guy before. Probably the most famous referee of all time following his betting scandal. In his book, “Personal Foul: a first person account of the scandal that rocked the NBA” Donaghy gives his side of the story. I plan on using excerpts from the book in my paper as the first person account is very relieble information.

A similar source is the ESPN.com news article following the scandal. Titled “Donaghy under investigation for betting on NBA games”, the newspaper article gives important information about Donaghy’s experience as a referee and game trends of the games he officiated. This article does not take a stand on whether the NBA is fixed or not, but describes some important details about donaghy and his career as an official.

Also related to the ESPN article is another from Business Insider entitled “Here’s why the conspiracy theorists think the NBA is rigged” points out some strange coincidences that could have definitely been affected by the head of the League. This source is very closely related to the cracked.com article; even the names are similar.

The next is an article from the European Sports Management Quarterly (thats a thing?) that provides a “Starting Point for Measuring Basketball Referee Bias and Impact on Team Performance” as the title implies. It looks into the past 7 seasons of dallas Mavericks basketball, testing referee bias towards team with an overbearing owner such as Mark Cuban. In 7 years, they found no inconsistencies of unfair calls against the Mavericks despite their very colored owner and fanatic.

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Mark Cuban with his championship trophy

“Another Foul Called on the NBA” is an article in the Risk Management journal about the recent trying times for the basketball world. It talks about the questions raised by skeptics and the disinterest of fans in recent years. These give the commissioner reason to fix games in order to improve ratings and increase fan interest. Long shot maybe, but it kinda makes sense.

There’s another book I plan on using in my paper called “Larceny Games”. Brian Tuhoy writes about illegal game fixing citing the NBA specifically. I feel like having some evidence of illegal game fixing in other sports wouldn’t hurt the claim that the NBA is rigged. This could very easily help prove the cracked.com article’s claim.

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In an article in Advertising Age called ” NBA’s Stern gets it: Brand image is the key to game plan.” The article polls regular citizens and their thoughts on the the probably that the NBA fixes games. These statistics could be very useful in my paper and relate to the cracked.com article showing that there is a large group of people that agree with the claim.

Possibly the most influential article to my paper is called “A subperfect game; Profitable biases of NBA referees”. The phrase that stuck the most with me was “profitable biases” because after all this whole claim is based on the NBA needing to make more money. When TV ratings decline, the NBA must do what they can to raise them again. The same couple teams are fighting for a championship each year, the NBA declines trade requests, and referees’ integrity have been questioned for years.