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morefiah
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0 posted 04-25-2003 12:22 PM       View Profile for morefiah   Email morefiah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for morefiah

Watched Game 3 of the playoffs between the T-wolves and the Lakers last night. I am a B-ball fan(atic) and I have been watching all my life. This must have been the worst officiating I have ever seen. Question is: Given all the technology available, and given the high stakes of the Playoffs, is there no way instances like last night can be avoided? It was quite upsetting to watch and must have left quite a bitter feeling in the T-wolves camp even though they won. I am not a T-wolves fan, by the way. I like the Sixers.

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Opeth
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1 posted 04-25-2003 12:28 PM       View Profile for Opeth   Email Opeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Opeth

...blame the referees, blame the upmires, blame our childhoods, blame the weather, blame our coworkers, blame the Republicans, blame the Democrats.

"This is the day and age when we blame everyone else for all of our problems."

I watched HBO's Inside Sports the other day and was amazed that people actually sued others over this type of issue.

Example: A group of parents sued a referee over a "blown" call, which resulted in a loss for their team.  The basis of the lawsuit was irrevoccable emotional damage of the losing team's players ~ Say what?!

Officials will make mistakes. They are only human. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Get over it.
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2 posted 04-25-2003 12:33 PM       View Profile for morefiah   Email morefiah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for morefiah

" Officials will make mistakes. They are only human. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Get over it."

I quite agree. Which is why I asked the question about the probable use of technology to assist the officials. Plus, the T-wolves won so they would not be griping too much. But given that all the Sport News channels I watched (almost all of them) could not help but comment on last nights gaffs and blown calls by the refs, I think this was a little more than your regular everyday "mistakes"
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3 posted 04-25-2003 12:49 PM       View Profile for Opeth   Email Opeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Opeth

"Which is why I asked the question about the probable use of technology to assist the officials."

~ If you are talking about the foul called, then that was a judgment call. If we add technology into the mix to help out with judgment calls - where does it all stop? In basketball, the game would have to be stopped on numerous occasions to view the judged call. Also, how do we know if the technology can correctly identify a "blown call?" The technology could be in error.

Mistakes are a part of the game, by not only player and coaches, but by referees as well.

I say leave it as it is.

I do believe these officials are scrutinized and graded by a committee simliar to the NFL's Officiating committee.  That is good enough. Fire those who continue to blow calls, while promoting the referees (to the more lucrative games) who perform better than their peers.
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4 posted 04-25-2003 01:14 PM       View Profile for morefiah   Email morefiah   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for morefiah

Here in the West Indies we are Cricket crazy. The West Indies Cricket team incites all sorts of emotions which run the gamut from pride to abject despair. In cricket there are two umpires on the field. There is also a third umpire whose judgement is only called on at certain times. He uses a TV to look at replays and determine if a player was out of his crease (the batting area). the third umpire is called on ONLY by the onfield umpires whenever they have a difficulty in deciding if the player was out.

The concept, though viewed with scepticism at first, has worked very well for years now. I would propose a similar approach for the NBA refs with a few changes.

1. give the opposing teams a chance to ask
   for a video review maybe once in each
   quarter with no penalty.  

2. Also give them the option to ask for a
   second review in each quarter with the
   understanding that if the call is found
   to have been justified, the following
   penalties will apply:

* The opposing team gets 1 shot and the ball full court, for shooting fouls with made shots.

* 2 shots for non-shooting fouls.

3. Make reviews applicable ONLY to fouls and
   disputes about 3 point and out-of-bounds
   calls (foot on the line stuff)


Just a few ideas to make the officiating a little less subjective. It works for us. The idea I have is that teams would be penalized for attempting frivolous review calls. Plus it would ensure that the flow of the game is not affected any more than it already is.


  
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