Wednesday, February 09, 2005

 

Big East Buffoonery

After what happened at the end of the Rutgers-Seton Hall game yesterday, I think now is a good time to look at the officiating of the Big East. I've been following Big East basketball for the better part of 11 years and I have never seen as many bad officiated games as I've seen this year. I've seen bad officiated halves, but never bad officiated games like this. In most instances the officiating plays no outcome, but it does ruin the flow of a game. A reason for the bad calls lately? How about the officials are being overworked and its by their own discretion. Jim Burr works a game one night in syracuse and then works the next night in Ann Arbor. Fatigue has to take a toll sometimes. So here's a recap whats happened in the last week in the BE conference.

Feb 5th Pitt at WVU
Pitt's Carl Krauser drives to the basket in overtime with his team down 2 and gets shoved with two hands and no call is made. WVU comes down makes a 3 and goes on to win 83-78 to complete the comeback.

Feb 5th BC at Seton Hall
BC doubles up Seton Hall on FTs 24-12 and Kelly Whitney of Seton Hall picks up 2 of the quickest fouls I've ever seen. One second it was being called close the next they were letting them play..no consistency

Feb 5th ND at SU
The last game of the day in the BE was the worst. The first half of the game the officials called nothing including one exchange where an official was looking at Boeheim and having a conversation with him while PLAY WAS GOING ON!! Absolsutely ridiculous. The second half was called tight and Mike Brey picks up a horrible technical foul with his team up 2 and under 4 minutes.

Feb 7th Uconn at SU
A very uneven game saw the Huskies shoot 32 FTs while SU shot only 14. Warrick, Pace, and Watkins all finished with 4 fouls and Roberts fouled out. Total fouls Uconn 15 SU 24. Calhoun walks onto the floor during play and gets no technical.

Feb 8th St Johns at Pitt
Straight from the New York Post. "What's gotten into umpire Curtis Shaw? He opened the night by calling a three-second violation on Chevy Troutman. Then he called a palming violation on Pittsburgh's Antonio Graves and one on Lawrence.
He slapped Carl Krauser with a technical foul when The Bronx native protested an offensive foul call by shouting, "Come on!" He ejected a fan that didn't like the technical. Then Shaw stared down Daryll Hill and Phil Missere after they objected to calls". Wow.

Feb 8th SHU at Rutgers
Down one at the end of regulation Rutgers' Juel Wiggan is fouled by SHU's John Allen, or so says Tim Higgins with 6 seconds left and RU down by one..Wiggans makes one and the game goes to overtime. In OT Quincy Douby of RU is fouled by Donald Copeland. The foul, called by Les Jones, is in a word, dubious. Douby makes the second and RU wins. What did Douby say about the call? "If that call was made against me I wouldn't be talking to you because I would be too upset..I was surprised" What did Tim Higgins say about the call? "We dont comment on judgement calls." What did John Allen of SHU say about that response? ""A judgment call? Come on. You protect yourself (by saying) it's a judgment call? Come on. You don't make a judgment call at that stage of the game. You make an obvious call, not a judgment call. Nobody wants to see the game decided on your judgment. We want to see the players decide the game. At the end of the game, nobody cares about the referee's judgment. People pay to see the players play. They don't pay to see the referees make a judgment call. Get out of here with that."



Its time for the Big East to be held responsible. Whether they are going to is another question.









Comments:
Couldn't find your e-mail address, but wanted to send you a link to an index of NBA/ABA players who went to Syracuse:

http://www.basketballreference.com/players/bycollege.htm?sch=Syracuse

From there you can get just about every stat imaginable on them. Even college stats.
 
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The officiating this year (2006-2007) is as bad as ever. Not only are the refs overworked, they are too old to keep up with the furious pace of the game. Like chubby shetland ponies running after thoroughbreds!
Big East: devise some incebtives to encourage younger, fitter people to officiate!
 
The officiating this year (2006-2007) is as bad as ever. Not only are the refs overworked, they are too old to keep up with the furious pace of the game. Like chubby shetland ponies running after thoroughbreds!
Big East: devise some incebtives to encourage younger, fitter people to officiate!
 
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