A Solution For The Block/Charge Conundrum
There was a play during tonight’s Washington vs. Atlanta NBA playoff game. The Wizards’ John Wall drove the lane. One official–Kenny Mauer, if memory serves me right–was about to call a blocking foul on the Atlanta defender, but the baseline official overruled him.
Replays were inconclusive; the defender was outside the restrictive area, was (perhaps) a little late getting over to cut off Wall…but Wall did make an aggressive move to the basket. It was a call that could have gone either way–as the refs’ initial disagreement testifies.
This kind of play happens all the time in today’s game. Every NBA contest features a handful of these contentious calls; the college game has become a festival of players flopping to the hardwood aiming for charge calls. It’s bad basketball, and it really needs to change.
Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple solution to the issue, and, like most things in life, it hinges on the concept of ‘control.’
Greek To You
After last night’s blowout win by the Milwaukee Bucks over the Toronto Raptors, it’s looking more and more like we’ll be seeing more and more of Giannis Antetokounmpo as we go deeper into the NBA playoffs.
This raises the inevitable question, a popular query ever since the Greek Freak rose to prominence in the last few years: How exactly do you pronounce his name?
I think I can help with that. It’s simple, really. You call him “G.A.”
Or, if you wish to honor the Freak’s Greek homeland, you call him “Gamma Alpha.”
You’re welcome. Glad I could be of service.
3(cinderella) ≠ 1(member of The Club)
Players Only, Broadcast Baloney
For last night’s Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game, TNT favored us with a novel approach to a game broadcast, a twist in the game coverage they call “Players Only.” Meaning, it turns out, that the only people working the game for the network were former players, in this case meaning a broadcast team of Greg Anthony, Kevin McHale, and Rip Hamilton on the call, with Dennis Scott serving as sideline reporter.
Let’s break it down: Players Only = only former players…
which means, Players Only = no professional announcers…
and, no professional announcers = amateur hours
Imagine my surprise, then, when the broadcast turned out to be insightful, informative, and an all around excellent viewing experience.
Of course, you’ll have to imagine that, because that wasn’t the case at all. Naturally, it was the broadcast equivalent of a dumpster fire.