Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why I refrain from bashing officials

It's boring. There, I said it. It bores me. There is no analysis involved in talking about how people not playing the game may or may not have made a mistake. Part of the game, in my opinion, is selling yourself to the officials. You get more strikes if you are a more well respected hitter. You get more calls in the lane if you are an aggressive offense with good ball handlers. In other words, don't claim poor officiating, just try to play to them. They are part of the game, so use them to your advantage.
As for yesterday's game between Rutgers and Saint John's.. yes, the refs made an egregious error. Nobody feels worse than the officials, I can tell you that much (as someone who has dabbled in officiating). And you know what? Nothing can be done about it. There can be no adjustments for the next game for either team, and frankly it sets up a better game today. Saint John's is a better team, and Rutgers would be completely gassed coming into today's game. They weren't going to make it to the conference championship, and regardless of how they played the rest of the way, they weren't going to make it to the Big Dance. It's done. It's over. Stop complaining.

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