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Umbrellas, and Eastern Conference predictions

Updated: April 13, 2010, 2:03 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

First, before we look at the first round, these two things perplex me:

1. When hockey or baseball play-by-play announcers, referring to umpires or referees, say, "Well, as long as they are consistent, then it's OK." No, it's not OK. If a ball is low and an umpire calls it a strike 37 times, then he is wrong 37 times. Interference is interference whenever it is interference. I don't care how lush Don Van Massenhoven's 'Stache is this time of year. Two minutes, bro.

2. The ...

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