The NBA Playoffs and the Zodiac Killer

NBA BasketballOccasionally, references to the Zodiac Killer show up in some pretty unusual places. Today's coverage of the NBA playoffs provides just such an example.

Tuesday's Game 5 in the series between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers was interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which involved two flagrant fouls that happened within the span of a minute during the second quarter.

This particular article on a popular sports website provides a very detailed analysis of the two fouls, the first of which left Heat superstar Dwyane Wade bleeding. In the midst of the analysis, the author, somewhat surprisingly, turns to the Zodiac Killer to make a point:

Now, I don't pretend to be a master code-breaker. I could barely follow David Fincher's take on the Zodiac killer, let alone decipher the recorded messaging of the still-at-large maniac.

But I do feel that the NBA's definition of a Flagrant 2 foul is abundantly clear and hardly a difficult code to crack...

I'm not sure if this is a testament to the strength of the Zodiac Killer's ciphers or a indictment of Fincher's talents. But one thing's for certain, the NBA, no doubt, will be pleased to hear that its definitions are easier to decipher than the Zodiac Killer's cryptograms.

Michael Cole

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