The ratings were the worst since 1981. But to be fair, the 1981 Finals occurred just after President Reagan had deregulated Brent Musburger.
To give you an idea how few people were watching, Chris Berman offered to come up with nicknames for each viewer.
Elsewhere in the NBA, the New Orleans Hornets named Tim Floyd coach. Apparently they felt his 49-190 record with the Bulls was misleading. Well, sure. The real challenge is to put up those kind of numbers with a playoff team.
JOSE CANSECO ARRESTED AFTER TESTING FOR STEROIDS
Which answers the question: If you're under house arrest, is it tough finding a pharmacy that delivers? Major League Baseball slapped Canseco with its harshest penalty for a retired player. From now on, when he's tested for steroids, he no longer gets his choice of complimentary juice.
Meanwhile, Sammy Sosa is back During his seven-game suspension, he collected $500,000 in salary. But seriously, when you add that up against what he lost in terms of his place in the game.... he's still half a mil ahead.
FORMER HARLEM GLOBETROTTER CLYDE AUSTIN ARRESTED ON FRAUD CHARGES
Austin, an ordained minister, allegedly bilked churchgoers in Virginia out of $10 million. Apparently, they kept falling for that bit where he would pretend to throw holy water into the congregation and confetti would come out.
Austin has pleaded not guilty, but if he's convicted, I've got the perfect nickname for this guy: Meadowlark Felon
RANGERS HOPE TO MEISTER JAGR