A Temperate Madness
Sorry for the rapid-fire updates, but I've now completely changed my mind again. On Friday, one of our commenters suggested that Donaghy would've been smarter to play the over/under. Now Darren Rovell's saying that, to avoid detection, Donaghy could only have been going that route. Ziller's got the hyper-complex breakdown of why this would be darkly advisable.
I think this only strengthens what I tried to argue about engineering margins in garbage time. Once the starters are gone and the win is in hand, no one's caring if the final score is 108-100 or 110-100. But the over/under would make it even easier to ensure success and secrecy, since it wouldn't even require consistently favoring one team. What's more, it really, really wouldn't make a difference. I can say that proudly and start to feel remotely fit in my indifference.
Of course, this option is so tempting, and so facile, that it might be harder to get out the stain. It takes a special man to do something brazen or stupid, but the over/under hustle would be like having the perfect crime fall into your lap. Then again, it's still illegal and camped out near ruin; let's not forget that, despite Donaghy and the league's subpar officiating, these are mostly professionals who value their jobs and lives.