No need to explain, just get better; and a compelling game
Okay, I honestly don’t get this league I cover.
Not sure you heard but the home office issued another one of those officiating “apologies” late yesterday, this one admitting that officials missed the call on the Dahntay Jones-Kobe Bryant play at the end of Wednesday’s Hornets-Lakers game, the play that’s likely to cost Bryant at least a couple of games on the shelf and who knows what that might do to Los Angeles’s playoff hopes.
Now, I’m dead certain it was foul and a dirty/dangerous play, you can see Jones slide his right leg into Bryant when Bryant was airborne and there’s really no place for that in the game.
I don’t care if It’s Kobe Bryant or Bear Bryant, there is no reason at all to put another player at risk with a cognizant move like that and the fact Bryant actually turned his ankle on the floor and not Jones doesn’t mitigate the dirty play at all.
But what I don’t get is the league.
Yes, it was a blown call but we see a half dozen blown calls in practically every game played every night, many that come in the final minutes of close games and are arguably factors in the outcome.
That’s at least four “apologies” or explanations the league has put out this year – two to Toronto, think there was one involving Denver or Dallas and then this one – and I’m not quite sure what the message is that’s being sent.
It probably irks the referees no end – not sure that’s an entirely good thing but I haven’t had a chance to ask any of my acquaintances in a Marriott concierge lounge to see what they really think about it – and the end result is, what?
Look, you know I think officials in basketball have the hardest gig in pro sports and that they’ve been uniformly bad this season but having the bosses hold them up to public ridicule probably doesn’t solve anything.
And there’s the big issue: How do you solve the problem?
Do you just have to wait for the younger officials to get better?
Is there some way to do more training at game speed to get them more adept?
Is there more video (no, no, no; a thousand times no!)?
I’d suggest there is no simple answer and it’s one of the biggest issues plaguing the game today, some of these refs simply can’t keep up with the speed of the game and make the split second reactions necessary.
Culling the herd makes no sense because it will just over-burden the good ones who are left; adding more whistle-blowers might not be the answer because you’ll have even more inexperienced officials doing games.
Maybe it is just cyclical and once the young guys gain more experience we’ll go back to the olden days, when you’d get the odd missed call but not the number we see now.
I do know one thing that might help a little bit:
If there was an end to the incessant whining of players and coaches on every call or non-call things might be a bit more calm and that can never hurt.
Just as I’ve not seen as many poorly officiating games this year, I don’t remember a season with more yelling and screaming and gesticulating and, yes, unnecessary whining from every team every night.
Bad calls happen; players need to suck it up and play; bad calls happen, referees need to work harder to make sure there are fewer of them.
End o’ rant.
Getting ready for the weekend?
Maybe this will help.
Just wanted to mention Andrea.
You know, just ‘cause
Yes, we’re back for the usual IGBT tonight for the monumental struggle with the Charlottes.
I’ve got to get this finished so I can start looking over the interwebs to read the good national baseball writers down south.
I joke, a bit; but as I watched that compelling Dominican Republic-USA game in the World Baseball Classic last night, the fans were almost as interesting as the game.
It was like some Canadian soccer game against some other country down at old BMO Field, so much support for the “other” team it was wild.
That aside, that game was as great sports entertainment as I’ve seen in a long, long while and gets back to a point we made here the other day:
It doesn’t matter if you have a rooting interest at all (and I certainly didn’t), if you get a close game with something significant on the line in a great atmosphere it’s outstanding just sit back and enjoy it.
That was a great, great baseball game and I didn’t care a whit which side won, I wanted to be entertained and enthralled and I could barely pull myself away to go pick up Super Son at work.
That’s sports. And that’s why it’s so good.
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