NCAA Tournament Games, Chuck Barkley, and officiating

In case you weren’t watching, Chuck Barkley criticized the officiating in an NCAA tournament game. In the Iowa State – Ohio State game, was driving for a layup to put the Cyclones ahead. Instead, Aaron Craft slid over and drew a charging foul.

I instantly stood up and yelled at the TV. Not that it did any good, but I figured out somehow Ohio State was going to win the game.

And they did. Craft hit the game-winning shot with less than a second left, and everyone like ESPN was saying how great Craft and the Buckeyes were.

But the game wouldn’t have even been close if Craft a) had hit his 1-and-1 free throws and b) Ohio State had done anything on the defensive end besides draw phony fouls.

Chuck Barkley mentioned what crap that call, and another call against Iowa State were. Instead of covering up like the NBA would have done when they cheat, the NCAA dragged out John Adams, their director of officials, to explain the call. Mr. Adams tried his best, but he couldn’t cover for his Prestone drinking officials. In fact, he pretty much said it could have gone one way or another. Or no call, which is the way it should have gone. Under normal NCAA tournament conditions.It’s well known NCAA officials swallow the whistle at the end of tournament games. You can commit bloody murder at the end of games, except against a certain team. Basically, you can hack like mad unless its against Duke. Then you get ridiculous calls against you.Too funny, you’ll always see how Dukies have “quick hands” then you’ll notice how when they go to the NBA, they suddenly slow down.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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