One of the dumbest lines in professional sports has to be this one: ”Let the players decide the game.”
We heard this twice over the weekend. First, it was in the Louisville-Wichita State game when the refs blew a quick whistle on a late scramble for a loose ball. In the other semi-final, there was a charge called on Syracuse with 19.2 seconds left that easily could have been called a blocking foul.
Then we heard it: ”Let the players decide the game.”
Oh, OK, you mean don’t call fouls at the end? Yeah, that makes sense. ”Hey, guys, I know we’ve been calling fouls for the first 37 minutes or so, but in the final three minutes, you guys have free reign to do whatever you want and we’ll swallow the whistle.”
It was obvious to just about everyone that the quick whistle in the Wichita State-Louisville game was just a bad call. The refs lost sight of the ball for a nano-second and they blew the play dead. It was a bad call, that’s all.
The much-discussed charge in the Syracuse-Michigan game could have been called either way. So, do BOTH ways count as “I hate it when the refs take over the game”? If he calls Michigan for a block there, do we still say, “Let the players decide the game”?
If it’s a foul, call it.
That should be all there is to it.
Granted, not all the calls are good, or right, but NOT calling fouls down the stretch wouldn’t be the answer, either.
I’ll have Joe Unitas on Monday’s D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction to discuss the family feud involving the selection of Joe Flacco to play Johnny Unitas in parts of the upcoming movie “Unitas We Stand”. Maybe I’m in the minority, but the use of Flacco is curious, to me at least, although I can’t imagine he was selected in some attempt to jab at John Unitas, Jr., who called Joe “a goofball” and claimed him unfit to portray his late father in the film.
I’m assuming Flacco was chosen to give the film some much needed box office push, if the whole project even gets to the finish line. A smart marketing person would probably give the move a thumbs-up, since people going to the movie is one of the only ways the project becomes profitable.
Family money (and this coming from someone who has zero wealth in his extended family) must be a terrible thing to fight over…we’ve all seen it cause great strife amongst people that should know better.
It’s a shame that money has created this chasm between the two Unitas boys.
Flacco might be smart to just say, “I don’t know…maybe I shouldn’t involve myself in this thing.”
The Astros are off to a 1-5 start, which begs the ONLY question that matters right now as it relates to Houston.
“How on earth did they win one?”
If you found $100 under your mattress and you were forced to bet on the Astros and their win total on June 1, would you say they’ll have more than 12.5 wins or less?
I’d take under 12.5. They might not have double digits by then.
Another nice win for the Capitals last night at home over Tampa Bay.
This is the best Ovechkin has looked in two or three years. He’s actually trying now.
Everyone is making a big deal that Adam Jones lost a ball in the sun on Sunday in the loss to Minnesota.
That’s better than losing his glove in Fells Point.
I’ll be in Augusta later tonight and will wake up bright and early Tuesday morning ready to walk the storied grounds of Augusta National Golf Club. I’m staying through Wednesday.
I’m going with Matt Kuchar to win this year. I think he’ll turn back a spirited Sunday charge from the likes of Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. I have a feeling Graeme McDowell might even be in the mix too. But, Kuchar is my pick to win his first major championship.
I know what you’re thinking: ”Drew, what do you know?”
Yeah, you’re right. After all, I’m the clown who picked Louis Oosthuizen last year and we all know how that turned out for him. He lost in a playoff after Bubba Watson hit the luckiest shot in the history of golf on the first playoff hole.
Have a great couple of days with Nestor and I’ll be back on Thursday morning.