Pick Your Poison ? The Officials ……………. Or How To Interpret The Rules ?

Pick Your Poison ? The Officials ……………. Or How To Interpret The Rules ?

What if anything are you looking forward to in the upcoming NBA playoffs ? The seedings are pretty much set with regard to the upper echelons of the divisions and the respective conferences that are the East and Western Conference of the NBA . Twelve more regular season games are due to played over the next fourteen days before the postseason begins. And this avid basketball fan is most certainly looking forward to its commencement . That being said the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has hit full stride with the Sweet 16 now set to begin . At this time of the year is there as such , a better spectacle that can befall a basketball fan ? I think not !


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A patron of my site who’s an avid college and NBA basketball fan is convinced that the NCAA has essentially made sure that a number of teams have been given somewhat of an easy passage through to the Sweet 16 and I’m not about to completely disagree with his outlook on the matter. I even question at times the whole process as to how collegiate athletics’ governing body chooses the participants for the national championship. Granted , conference champions , conference tournament champions are automatic qualifiers and so too are the respective conference divisional champions but herein lies the dilemma of those teams/programs who may well have come up short in the eyes of the NCAA . It’s then left to the competition committee to make those final arbitrary choices that can at times bring instant notoriety to a school or abject disappointment . Such are the vagaries of what we see fosters competition at the amateur level as prescribed by the NCAA.

The NBA for its part once its postseason starts , tends to be clouded with no less controversy but here it tends to be with the officiating and the complete inconsistency shown by the referees . And if you think that the performances during the regular season are grossly filled with mediocre decisions and suspect adjudication from not just the head referee and his assistants , simply look at what takes place over the course of the postseason ? I’ve always maintained that until NBA Commissioner David Stern and the league hierarchy begins to address these problems head on, we will continue to see gross errors in judgment and in the performances of the officials. Stern believes so implicitly in the officiating that any form of criticism of a referee is usually met with a hefty fine for anyone critical of an oncourt official , be it a player or a coach . And with Stern’s autocratic rule there tends to be no right of recourse even in light of when there’s found to be an error in judgment after the fact by an official . Can’t say you’re not forewarned as what to expect this postseason .

In light of that fact I’m not about to say that the teams will have to be wary of the officials but I do know this , there’s bound be a situation at some point in a game where a call will come into question during the NBA postseason . We’ve seen it happen far too often in seasons past and it has happened with an alarming regularity . And it will most definitely happen again during these playoffs , if anything it could very well prove to be the turning point in a closely competitive series between two teams that will in the end leave one on the outside looking in when it’s all said and done . And that to my mind is no way to decide a series when it comes down to human error by an official during a game ! OK , so one plays to the whistle rather than seeking a call but what happens when you know there to be an error and it’s falling on deaf ears with regard to lodging an appeal with the referee during the game ? Unfortunately the result will always stand even in the light of one being able to prove that the official may well have made a call that has cost a team a game or series.

During the NCAA Tournament itself , I’ve not as such seen any major errors by the officials but I have at times questioned one or two of their calls . I’m not about to suggest that these officials are inexperienced as many of them have a great many years of experience officiating at all levels of the amateur and collegiate ranks. And I’ve no doubt that they’re richly rewarded dependent upon their skill-set and experience. The same can also be said for the referees amongst the professional ranks and I’ve no doubt that there too they’re just as passionate about the game as their counterparts amongst the collegiate level. But at times not unlike any other NBA fan the officials will draw my ire with their mistakes that I’ve often said that even Stevie Wonder could’ve recognized were he officiating an NBA game ! The fact of the matter is , for now , this will be the best that there is to offer the fans by way of the officiating that we will all witness and it’s unlikely to change anytime soon . So as of now it’s pick your poison the officials or how to interpret the rules ?



Picture gallery for your perusal .

What thoughts do you have on the officiating that you’ve witnessed within the NCAA Tournament and what you’ve actually witnessed by the officials within the NBA over the course of the regular season ? Also are you in agreement with me on my conclusions that there has and always will be gross standards of officiating by the referees during the NBA’s own postseason , bearing mind also that those mistakes become more heightened now than they normally are during the regular season merely because of what is ultimately at stake for the participating teams ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on the points raised within this piece and any other thoughts you might have with regard to the NCAA Tournament and that of the culmination of the regular season within the NBA and opening of its postseason schedule .

Alan aka tophatal ……………………….


Picture and slide show details below .

(1) Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) drives past New Orleans Hornets forward David West (30) for a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Salt Lake City. The Hornets won 121-117. AP Photo/Jim Urquhart ………

(2) Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Price bottom and New Orleans Hornets center Aaron Gray dive for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Salt Lake City. The Hornets won 121-117. AP Photo/Jim Urquhart …….

(3) Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Randolph (15) and Anthony Tolliver (44) during the second half of the NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, March 24, 2011. AP Photo/LM Otero ………

(4) AUBURN HILLS, MI – MARCH 23: Dwyane Wade(3 of the Miami Heat gets fouled by Tracy McGrady(1) of the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Miami won the game 100-94 . Gregory Shamus / Getty Images …………..

(5) Xavier Henry stands with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being drafted twelfth by the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York City. Al Bello / Getty Images ………….

(6) Alex Tyus #23 of the Florida Gators and Noah Hartsock #34 of the Brigham Young Cougars tip off to start their game during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……..

(7) Jimmer Fredette (32) of the Brigham Young Cougars reacts during their 74 to 83 loss to the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……

(8) Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, left, laughs after head coach Thad Matta broke his concentration during a free throw during practice for an East regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Newark, N.J. Ohio State will play Kentucky on Friday. AP Photo/Julio Cortez …..

(9) Solomon Hill (44) of the Arizona Wildcats drives to the basket against Miles Plumlee (21) and Kyle Singler (12) of the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Duke would fall to Arizona 93-77 in somewhat of a lopsided game . Harry How / Getty Images ………



NBA News

NBA Playoff picture

NBA Standings by Conference

NBA Schedule

Thursday night 2 games results

Minnesota T’wolves vs Dallas Mavericks 104 -96

Utah Jazz vs New Orleans Hornets 121-117

Friday 25th March 2011 13 games

Saturday 26th March 6 games

Sunday 27th March 9 games

NCAA Basketball Tournament News

NCAA Brackets

Results & Scores

Scheduled games for Friday 25th March ,2011

Ohio St —- v —- Kentucky
Marquette —- v —- North Carolina
Kansas —- v —- Richmond
Florida St —- v —- Virginia Commonwealth (VCU)

Results 24th March 2011

Elite 8

Teams in to the Elite as of Thursday night

Arizona —- vs — U Conn

Butler —- v —- Florida

Games scheduled for Saturday 26th March , 2011




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9 thoughts on “Pick Your Poison ? The Officials ……………. Or How To Interpret The Rules ?”

  1. I’ve now got to put up with a female /girlfriend who’s been bustin’ my butt last night ever since Duke got their ass handed to ’em by Arizona in that game ! If that wasn’t enough apart from the ass whuppin’ she’s a damn graduate of the UCLA (Bruins). Is there no friggin’ justice in the world for God’s sake ?

    Kilroy may well have been there .

    But I’d rather be here !

    tophatal …….


  2. I haven’t been overly upset with the officiating in the NCAA tourney. I feel like they get it right more than they’ve gotten it wrong. As for the NBA, I’m sure we’ll see some atrocious calls to extend some series costing the small market team a game. Bulls look like the team to beat, and that’s who I’d put my money on at this point…


    1. chappy

      Monetarily there isn’t much at risk for the players at the college level during the tournament as such other than prestige. But at the pro level a loss for a team in the playoffs can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Stern may not see it that way but I’m sure that the coaches , owners and team GM’s do !

      I’ve seen one or two calls in the NCAA Tournament that I thought were suspect but nothing that’d be thought of as being game changing or detrimental in determining the result of a game. That being said I know that in the NBA postseason the zebras are definitely going to f_ck up some major calls that could change the result of a series in one form or another !

      ‘We have the finest officiating officials in the world of that I’ve no doubt and they’re above reproach ! This postseason you’ll see how good they really are and how impartial they can be. ‘

      Dear Commissioner Stern ,
      I’m taking this opportunity to state how aggrieved several NBA fans and I are in your conduct and that of the referees around the NBA who continually make the mistakes that’ve set back the game and its expediency. When will you realize that it’s like minded people like myself and other devoted fans who’ve laid bets on the games that are losing out ? …………… I

      It’s been repeatedly done over the years in the postseason and Stern continually refuses to acknowledge that. Even with the advent of Tim Donaghy the league’s own inhouse investigation was a joke and a complete whitewash . I heard it was conducted by students from Gallaudett University ….. you know the school for the visually and hearing impaired . He states that it was actually conducted by former agents of the FBI . Those idiots couldn’t conduct a succinct investigation tying together the information that was at their finger tips concerning 9/11 but we’re meant to take Stern at his word in the aftermath of the Donaghy Affair ? Is he fu_king crazy ?

      tophatal ………………


  3. The officating in the NCAA has been very good. I am glad Duke was knocked out. The NBA ref’d are a joke. They are as bad as the ref was in the Barca-Arsenal match-The fix is in. Stevie Wonder would make a great NBA ref. I bet he would get at least 80% of the calls right. The NBA is fixed. The college game is great. The match ups are good. Stan Van Gundy was right in what he said about the refs in the NBA.


    1. Bobby Gee

      The officiating in the NCAA Tournament and that of the officiating in the NBA postseason , well it were as the difference were night and day . At the collegiate level the officials seem to use due diligence but the officials in the NBA tend to want to impose themselves into the games and then stamp their own identity on them.

      As for the UEFA Champions League game between Arsenal and Barca you should’ve expected that. But also bear this in mind you play to the whistle and not what you expect to hear because you think that there has been a foul and that’s what cost the Gunners the game as well as Arsene Wenger being so damn naive ! He’s been around long enough and has been in enough European campaigns to expect the unexpected and take absolutely nothing for granted !

      tophatal ………….


  4. Not much into it since Pitt bowed out…but heard there were some really bad calls. Also heard there were some bad ones during Pitt’s last game…dunno


    1. al clements

      The calls weren’t necessarily bad but I think that in the heat of the moment the players and coaches have gotten too over emotional merely because of what was at stake and the fact that the teams in question where the call was against them weren’t at all playing well.

      As for Pitt well there’s always next year ? And it’s the same with the Blue Devils .

      tophatal ……………….


  5. Who’s that good-looking guy in the comments section?

    I’m with Chap. I haven’t been too upset with the officiating. The end of that Butler-Pitt game was all boneheadedness by the players.

    The refs could have swallowed their whistles, but didn’t.

    I commend them for making the right calls.


    1. Chris Humpherys

      The good looking guy in the comments’ section represents the ‘everyman’ in all of us who wants to see fair play. That’s something that hasn’t been happening in years when it comes to the NBA postseason. The refs are a joke and the make the partially sighted and permanently blind students of Galllaudet University seem highly enhanced when it comes to the loss of their senses that they were deprived of either by accident or through some congenital malady .

      Agreed at the tournament there’ve few decisions that one could really question with regard to the officiating ! And like you said more often than not it has come down to the bone headedness of the players on the teams with the stupidity they’ve shown during the games.

      tophatal ……………


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