Thursday, January 19, 2006

Mas Hooptie


It's a little after midnight as I start this entry and my 3 year old son is still awake. This is certainly going to set me back in my quest for 2006 Father of the Year. Hopefully an extra trip next week to visit our friend 'Summer,' the neighborhood Hooters waitress, will help my cause...

Any conspiracy theorists that happened to be watching Fox Sports tonight had a field day with the officiating in the Stanford/Arizona game. Twice in overtime, the ball was knocked out of bounds by an Arizona player, but possession was given to the Wildcats. The second missed call was especially egregious- the referee was staring right at the play and the Arizona player (Radenovic) was the only one even near the ball at the time it went out. Immediately after that call, while running back on defense, Stanford forward Matt Haryasz was yelling at an official, "You're robbing us!" Surprisingly, he didn't get T'd up. Probably because it's hard to blow the whistle while grinning from ear to ear. There is already a perception in the Pac 10 that referees treat Lute Olson favorably. Anyone viewing tape of this game would have difficulty arguing otherwise...

This year the Pac-10 is a conference where any team can win any given matchup. Well, unless that team is Arizona State. I hope Rob Evans has been investing wisely the last few years, because I forsee termination in his near future. As for the rest of the conference, only 2 games separate 1st place and 9th place...

Pat Summitt won her 900th game as a head coach, which I'm sure is very exciting to about 20 people- and anything that pisses of Geno Auriemma is a good thing- so congrats to her. But I've got a problem with people (mainly espn) creating graphics of "Winningist Division I coach," with Pat Summitt #1 and Dean Smith #2. They coached two different sports, why are they on the same list? Al Scates, the UCLA Men's Volleyball coach has 1,083 wins- why isn't he on the list, it would make just as much sense?! Pat Summitt is the all-time winningist women's basketball coach. Dean Smith is the winningist men's basketball coach and never the twain shall meet...

I missed this one earlier, but thanks to Greg for the link. Students from Duke and North Carolina competed in a 58 hour basketball game in Chapel Hill. Duke won the game, 3,688-3,444. I guess they're a little softer in the ACC, but where I play, it's first to 4,000 wins. Whatever. Nevertheless, this contest appears to have set a world record for longest continuous game. It must be specific to basketball, because I'm certain my college roomate obliterated that record playing Star Control 2 on the 3DO right after midterms...

In pro hoops, Kwame Brown showed why the Washington Wizards felt the team was better off with Kwame sitting at home during the playoffs last year rather than on the court. Twice in regulation in tonight's Lakers/Kings matchup, he blew point blank layups/dunks that would have given the Lakers a more comfortable cushion. He followed that up by forgetting his responsibilities on defense, failing to show strong on a pick and roll with Mike Bibby, and then sagging deep in the key while the Kings were trailing by 3 with time expiring, thereby giving a wide-open, game-tying look for Brad Miller. Kwame is living on borrowed time until Andrew Bynum and Ronny Turiaf start taking his minutes...

Detroit 105, New York 79. Let me get this straight. Larry Brown orchestrated his dismissal from the Pistons, which by far is the best team in the league, so that he could coach the Knicks because it was his "dream job?" Larry's gotta do a better job choosing which dreams to follow and which ones to ignore. I once had a dream that I was in prison and I had to sh*t myself so that I wouldn't be sodomized by 300 pound inmates, but I didn't wake up the next morning and stab a school teacher so I could make that dream a reality. But that's just me.

2 Comments:

At Fri Jan 20, 02:56:00 PM PST , Blogger Zach Landres-Schnur said...

bad officiating in the pac-10? no way!

I was at the UW/OSU game (where the officiating was -- get this -- bad!) and didn't see the stanford/UA game. But it doesn't surprise me that the refs were simultaneously blowing Lute and the game.

 
At Fri Jan 20, 03:28:00 PM PST , Blogger insomniac said...

I know I'm biased, but it seems to me that year in and year out the Pac 10 has the worst officiating of all the major conferences. To some degree, I think it hurts Pac 10 teams when they get to the NCAA tournament because they aren't used to refs who actually (get this) let them play the game without feeling the need to blow a whistle every other trip down the court.

 

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