When you play a video game – specifically, a racing game – there’s this thing called Catch-Up Logic. Basically, the programmers put in code to give the AI a little boost to make things competitive for you, the player, and to ensure you’re not wiping the floor with everyone every single time.
Sometimes in the real world that appears to. Usually it’s seen in children’s sporting games where one team is filled with testosterone-addled teen wolves who have been stomping all over kids half their size, so whoever’s Dad is umpiring starts deflecting passes off just to the little kids just to minimise the tearful heartbreak come full time.
But occasionally, just occasionally, you see it in the professional arena.
Take, for example, this game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks in the NBA. The Cavaliers are a decent team with a roster sporting legitimate superstars like LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The New York Knicks are not that. At all. They are not a very good basketball team.
So when the Cavs were in the process of mercilessly pantsing the Knicks, with the score in the second quarter at 52 to 25, the referee’s simply decided to turn a complete blind eye when the Knicks Lou Amundsen committed one of the most outrageous travels you’ll ever see in any form of the game.
I’ve heard of trying to walk it in, but this is ridiculous.
I don’t know if he was playing basketball or trying out for the Olympic high jump team.
I’ve seen more dribbling in a maternity ward.
Thank you. I’ll be here all week.