— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 7, 2017
Can only hope so!
Ok, so this happened:
Even IF Draymond didn’t intend to kick Steven Adams in the nuts as hard as he could, I still think he needs to sit out a game.
This, is why. In soccer, if someone is so out of control their body still harms or almost harms another player, it’s a flagrant foul regardless of whether they intended to hurt the other player or not.
In basketball, if someone LOOKS like they are grabbing someone in the act of staking an easy shoot, it’s an intentional, possibly flagrant foul.
In football, if a players hand makes contact with the opponents’ facemask, whether intentional or not, it’s a personal foul that will get them probably fifteen yards in penalties.
In this case, Steven Adams’ nuts had no bearing on the play. Green had already lost the ball and was in the act of trying to recover. I get it that he probably didn’t plan it out in advance to seize upon the opportunity, whenever possible, to kick Adams in the nuts. However, he was so out of control, flailing his legs in such a manner to present an obvious threat to the safety of other players, that the penalty should be the same. If they could prove he intended to do it, then a remarkably stiff ( no pun intended ) penalty should be assessed IN ADDITION to the normal penalty.
The brackets are out for the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Struck me as odd a couple of teams locations since the NCAA supposedly does not like giving teams a home court advantage. Well, they did to a large degree. How far would you drive on a whim to watch your team play in the tournament? A couple of hours is no big deal. Four or five makes it a little difficult. Eight hours and you’re talking about missing work and finding babysitters. Twelve hours? Forget about it. There’s a reason I ask that. Take a look at this little chart I put together:
|Team||Site||Dist.||Hours @ 50|
|Notre Dame||Chicago, Illinois||95||2|
|North Carolina||Charlotte, North Carolina||139||3|
|Duke||Charlotte, North Carolina||142||3|
|Ohio State||Cleveland, Ohio||143||3|
|Hampton||Charlotte, North Carolina||157||3|
|Old Dominion||Washington, DC||192||4|
|Georgia||Charlotte, North Carolina||199||4|
|Tennesse||Charlotte, North Carolina||231||5|
|George Mason||Cleveland, Ohio||376||8|
|Indiana State||Cleveland, Ohio||393||8|
|San Diego State||Tucson, Arizona||410||8|
|Brigham Young||Denver, Colorado||483||10|
|Michigan||Charlotte, North Carolina||614||12|
|Long Island||Charlotte, North Carolina||646||13|
|Utah State||Tucson, Arizona||716||14|
|Saint Peters||Chicago, Illinois||792||16|
|North Colorado||Tucson, Arizona||900||18|
|West Virginia||Tampa, Florida||958||19|
|Florida State||Chicago, Illinois||960||19|
|Texas A&M||Chicago, Illinois||1074||21|
|Kansas State||Tucson, Arizona||1151||23|
|St John||Denver, Colorado||1777||36|
|Penn State||Tucson, Arizona||2284||46|
|UC Santa Barbara||Tampa, Florida||2634||53|
|Washington||Charlotte, North Carolina||2802||56|
How many people will have to sacrifice much of anything at all to watch Duke and North Carolina the first round? How many Washington fans will get the same privilege? The NCAA’s giving their pets a home court advantage.
Was just outside shooting basketball with my ten year old step-daughter. I gave her a body block, stole the ball, and decided to go for a long, long, long 3-pointer from the next door neighbor’s front yard. The ball arched through the air as the most graceful bird god ever created swooped aimlessly through the skies. Unfortunately that bird landed on the rim just as this downtown 3 pointer missed the center by just enough to actually sever the bird’s head from it’s body.
I immediately thought this might be the opportunity to explain some real-life anatomy along with some really bad puns to the 10 year old girl.
She wasn’t interested.