Well written article! I enjoyed it, but I didn't enjoy the clinic. I
@Ed CheesmanSimply stated, the WCC has some of the worst refs in all
of NCAA basketball.------------The WCC doesn't have refs,
these refs are the same ones used by other conferences on the west coast like
the MWC, the Pac12, etc. They are part of a group that do all the games out west
for the NCAA. But yes, they are bad.
60 fouls in 40 minutes, resulting in almost unwatchable basketball. Big Nose and
the young dark-haired guy have to make every call as if the world depends on
watching their histrionics. They should be embarrassed, but they have no shame.
The lowest of the low in sports officiating--IMHO--is when the officials'
egos are so inflated that they actually believe they are superior to the players
and thus the game needs them to dictate every instant of play. That could have
been a fun, competitive game to watch, between two average, well-matched teams.
Instead it was a mockery of all that is good and beautiful about basketball.
65CookieToss - Please explain what a "minor foul" is for us. And here I
thought a foul was a foul and that all should be called. . . Obviously byu fans
see many things differently.
I watched the game and wondered why Childs could get mugged time after time with
no fouls called, yet he got called if he was even close to a shooter. I watched
with utter disbelief when I saw time after time Pacific players drive directly
into a BYU player (sometimes with their elbows up in the chest of the defender)
only to get fouls called on BYU. Having said that, BYU needs to improve their
foul shooting! The Pacific players seemed like they couldn't miss from the
free throw line, so you know what their game plan is, and it is to get to the
line in any way possible.
The "sanctuary state" comment in the opening paragraph of the article
was awesome. Good job!!!!
I am still a little confused by the foul given to Nick Emery when he almost
touched someone shooting a missed 3 point shot during the last minute of the
game.The replay showed he did not touch the Pacific player before, During,
or after the shot.
Dick Harmon: Hilarious editorial, It wasn't fun watching the game, but it
was fun reading your article. Thanks for your insight.
Simply put: I am grateful that I am not an official. No mater what you do one
team and their supporters will be unhappy. I am certain that I could not make
the right call, in the moment nearly as accurately as I would like.That said; the officiating was horrendous.
Having been a sports official in one sport or another for going on 40 years, I
can attest to sometimes getting things incorrect. However, most officials get
it right nearly 100% of the time. As Harmon stated, the calls are done in real
time. I work hard to get it right. I'm not as fast as I was 40 years ago,
nor as in shape, but the years and experience have made it so I'm in the
right place to make the right call. I feel advantage/disadvantage works quite
well and I do let a lot go when there is no clear advantage or disadvantage
depending on what is happening.Referees and Umpires work hard to do
their best. You sometimes have a bad call or even a bad game, but you soldier
on and improve. I invite you arm chair officials who criticize the officials to
come on out and join our fraternity. It is fun and you can make some extra
cash. There is a great need for officials. So come and help. You may like
it. That said, that foul call on Emery was just plain bad. However,
Emery should have acted like nothing happened. His raising of the hands with
the "I didn't do it" motions after the alleged foul is most likely
what got him the foul. Plus his reputation.
BYU had 3 technical fouls against Mississippi State. Zero against Pacific.
Emery seemed to contact the three point shooter long before he launched the
shot. In other words he was not in the act of shooting when the last contact of
any nature was made. This, it should not have resulted in 3 free throws.Luckily, the guy missed one of the three shots which let us continue to
play with a lead.
Based on Pacific’s physical play I was certain BYU would lose. They did a
good job of maintaining their poise. Free throws must improve. One awful call
that stuck in my mind was the one when the Pacific player threw his forearm into
the BYU defender’s neck as he drove to the basket. I don’t
understand how that can be a blocking foul. Go Cougars!
The ref should never be the story. Take note WCC. (I'm sure they do; they
may not act, though, for partisan or political reasons.)
On the last shot Gallinat kicked his leg out to make contact with Hardnett, then
fell to the ground trying to sell a foul that didn’t happen. The sad
thing is that, considering how good his acting had been all night, I was pretty
surprised that he didn’t get the call.
Dick,It was a clinic on "how to" and on "how not to"
officiate basketball games. These refs showed us both.BTW, how come
the Cougars didn't get the ball to open the second half? The scorers table
had everybody confused...even the refs.
Great sarcastic article about the officiating Dick! I realize officials cannot
get every call right, but the WCC must have the worst officials in the entire
country. Also, Pacific’s Roberto Gallinat seemed to be auditioning for
Best Actor rather than playing basketball. The worst part about is the referees
bought his acting job.
Yes, the replay showed Emery not even close to the player on the 3 point shoot
foul. the ESPN folks showed restraint by not saying much about the obvious
blunder. The replay said it all. Just flop when you shoot I guess and see if
the Refs call it. Pacific had their performance down. Too funny and happy it
did not result in a loss for the team. BYU's foul shooting was pathetic.
What happen to Haws' free throw shooting?
It seems that "reffing" on the whole is pretty weak. Case in point --
Durant's "three step out of bounds" pass to a teammate for a 3!
Yes, it's fast and hard to follow, but there's a degree of wackiness
that makes it all laughable.
College refs simply take themselves too seriously. Nobody pays to watch them
blow their whistles for minor fouls. This has been a problem in college
basketball for a long time. It has made the game nearly unwatchable.
Simply stated, the WCC has some of the worst refs in all of NCAA basketball. I
attend most of the BYU home games and have seen too many astoundingly bad calls.
I wish there was something that could be done -- are you listening WCC?
Officiating difficult? Nay, impossible. Athletiscim and technique has become far
faster and trickier than human reaction can judge. Instead of looks
of utter disbelief, I'd prefer to see more snickering* by all. (*See
Muttley the dog.)
Yes, the fouls called were pretty even, but the standard for a
“foul” was different between the 2 teams. Yoeli did commit some
legitimate fouls but never should have been close to fouling out. And the 3
point foul call on Emory was a joke. Pacific was allowed to be far more physical
than BYU was.