While this post’s title might be a little long in the tooth, it’s perfectly fitting; and it should be noted this post is not being written by a fan of Kansas State. Instead, this writer is a fan of common sense and fair play, and the penalty endured by Kansas State after wide receiver Adrian Hilburn saluted the crowd after he scored what may have been a game-tying score, provided the two-point conversion was taken from it’s normal position on the field. Instead, the officials — a Big Ten crew no less — decided Hilburn’s salute, an act Webster’s defines as “to address with expressions of kind wishes, courtesy, or honor,” was in the same vein as spiking the ball in the defense’s face, or disrespecting your opponent by taking your helmet off in a “look at me, I’m the man” display of bravado.
Are you f**king kidding me? That’s the best they can do?
And he likes puppies too! See? He’s just like you and me. Too bad his work mistakes are magnified to the point that Twitter users explode with rage-filled invectives (140 characters only, please). When’s the last time a mistake you made generated responses to the tune of 46 per minute? Now, is this an “all is forgiven” post? No, not really. But before you run out and help populate Fire Jim Joyce sites, take a second to consider your worst gaffe ever and think about how you’d feel if everyone with an internet connection was calling for you to be fired. Or worse.
Furthermore, it’s doubtful you’re going to make Joyce feel any worse than he already does.
On the night Jim Joyce made himself a household name, what stood out to me was the reaction of Armando Galarraga. After Joyce absolutely shit all over Galarraga’s perfect game, did the pitcher freak out and accost Joyce? Did he throw his glove and act petulant, something, considering the circumstances, that would’ve been completely understandable? Nope. Instead, Galarraga offered a picture-perfect smile, one that hid a myriad of messages. Things like, “You sure?” or “Now, now. Perhaps you should take another look.”
One thing it didn’t contain was malice.
Obviously, the pitcher knew he had beaten Jason Donald to the bag — in fact, everyone besides Joyce knew what the call should’ve been — but instead of exploding in a ball of reactive emotion, Galarraga simply smiled. Joyce himself admitted he would’ve jumped in an umpire’s face if the circumstances were reversed, making Galarraga’s reaction almost as perfect as the game he was robbed of. Check out the audio below.
In what feels like a preemptive strike aimed at Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs (and Lane Kiffin, of course), SEC Commissioner Mike Slive informed the AP that any coaches who complain about the quality of SEC referees would face a fine and possible suspension. No longer will Slive admonish his coaches for complaints — even if they are legitimate apparently.
It’s straight punishment for those who bitch.
Is this a preemptive strike for the The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Georgia/Florida game? Considering how both teams have either benefited or been hurt by some horrible calls, I think the answer is pretty clear. If you complain, Slive will bring the fine/suspension hammer down on your head.
“We fully expect and anticipate that we will have the full cooperation of our coaches from this day forward,” he said.
Perhaps if Slive was as committed to quality officiating as he was keeping his coaches in line and quiet, there wouldn’t be any complaining. I mean, why on earth would Mark Richt be mad at this:
That’s a perfectly reasonable way to decide a football game, no?
For the second week in a row, the brains who run the most popular college football conference in America are having to apologize for refereeing ineptitude that once again influenced the outcome of the highly contested Florida/Arkansas game. SEC officials have apologized to Arkansas, saying the personal foul call on Malcolm Sheppard was incorrect and no additional yards should have been awarded. First, here’s the play in question:
Orson addressed this with a little more eloquence than I will, but how in the world is A.J. Green’s touchdown “celebration” considered unsportsmanlike conduct? Let’s review the circumstances: Georgia is trailing LSU late in the fourth quarter and driving for a go-ahead score. A win over the Tigers would help legitimize a Bulldogs team, while vaulting them directly in the middle of the SEC Championship Game chase. And then, with about a minute left in the game, quarterback Joe Cox finds A.J. Green, perhaps the best player in the SEC in end zone, throws it and Green makes yet another spectacular play look easy by catching the jump ball in traffic and coming down for the score.
I think I understand Tim Floyd’s pain after watching Kentucky/Vanderbilt last night. The game was filled with whistles and stops because, evidently, last night was the night the SEC sent an edict telling their officials to test their new whistle peas. When a game features 63 free throws and 49 foul calls in 40 minutes, you are, as a referee, interfering with the game — especially when a large majority of those calls are of the off-the-ball physicality that goes on in, oh, just about every basketball game played on the planet.
Sour grapes? No, because Kentucky deserved to lose last night. It’s hard for a team to win when only one player is a legitimate threat to score, and that’s all the Wildcats had to work with as Patrick Patterson missed another game because of an ankle injury. However, that does not take away from the officiating ineptitude on display in Nashville.
As pointed by True Hoop, this nifty little video demonstrates just how poor a job the NBA does when it comes to enforcing the traveling violation. What we have is, within the span of about 5-10 seconds of game time, Corey Maggette traveling six times. In one possession. Maggette doesn’t stop there, however. After making a mockery of the correct way to move around the court when you have possession of the ball, Maggette then clotheslines Maurice Evans after getting stripped.