I also love hearing knowledgeable and cantankerous old men give their honest opinions. Looks like I lucked out with this:
Mitch Ablum, sportswriter and author of 'Tuesdays With Morrie,' interviews Bill Davidson, owner of the Detroit Pistons and the WNBA's Detroit Shock.
Here are some excerpts: (Q = Ablum, A = Davidson)
"Q: What do you look for during a game?
A: Well, I look for certain things, which are mainly fouls ... and, unfortunately, the referees are not what they should be -- although they're getting better. So I watch the referees. I watch who they are. There are certain referees -- when they come to our game -- you know you're gonna lose. And that should never be.
Q: What do you think of the whole Tim Donaghy scandal?
A: That's the tip of the iceberg with referees.
Q: Do the refs' calls upset you that much?
A: Yeah, it's what they call and when they call it -- and on whom they call it. And when you see what they do, you know that they're kind of taking over the game and making the outcome certain -- all they have to do is call a couple ticky-tack fouls on say, (Chauncey) Billups, and you're not gonna win that game.
Q: Have you voiced that concern to the commissioner?
A: (He laughs.) Daily!"