Category Archives: Officiating

Emergency Warning Test: A Whistle from Defeat, Heat Force Game 7

The whistle never came, of course. I assume the NBA provided emergency medical personnel for the refs last night. So they could perform the Heimlich Maneuver after the game on Joe Crawford, Ken Mauer and Mike Callahn, last night’s zebras, none of whom considered it an infraction when Manu Ginobili was the victim of felonious […]

Cards Chalk Up W over ‘Canes, One W from Super Regional

The white dust was still wafting in the air along the right field line, as U of L cut and pasted a six run rally in the bottom of the 7th to take charge of what had been a mighty pitchers’ duel with Miami just moments before. With duller bats in college ball these days, […]

New Year’s Day Noogies (And a little Nougat too)

Noogie. To the Courier-Journal sports page editors. Perhaps I shouldn’t be quite so unrelenting while continually pointing out the foibles and follies of the C-J’s sports page, which has become an almost daily example of bad editing. After all, I make a lot of editing mistakes myself, not to mention errors of grammar and spelling. […]

Hump Day Harrumphs

On Sunday, in my breakdown of Louisville’s glad to get outtahere W over North Carolina, I forgot to rail against a truly inexplicable coaching gaffe emanating from the Cardinal sideline. (I know it’s late. I know it’s been talked about. I know we’re already looking ahead, trying to figure out how to enjoy the upcoming […]

The Requisite Revisit of LeBron

Now that he has traveled, with kleig lights ever shining down upon him, from The Blunder to the Plunder of Thunder, we/I are/am left to take a look at his game, his place in the pantheon of professional hoops and, to be fair, ourselves/myself as much as He Who Would Dare Be Dubbed King. LeBron […]

Monday Musings: Devils, On the Diamond, In Group D & Mo’

Let’s start with a shout out to my Detroit Tigers. They played three one-run games against the Reds this weekend in Cincy, winning two. Last night they came back big in the top of the 8th with an improbable shellacking of Aroldis Chapman. Hopefully it will provide impetus for a rejuvenation. Detroit’s been falling in […]

Tuesday Titters: Technicals, Tires, Ticked Off & Top Trio

Revised 5/29 1:27 pm The Celtics, who have experienced their last hurrah for this season, though they have three games left to play, were teed up 5 times last night? Did it cost them the opener in their conference final against Miami? Hardly. Boston is battered. From age. From a long season. From Miami, which […]

Big Choke Saturday

There were more gag jobs than usual yesterday in the world of sports. Being a schadenfreude kind o’ guy, I’m here to rank them for you. Special mention first goes to¬† . . . Seedy K. That would be me. I’m the guy, who in the aftermath of the Kentucky Derby called I’ll Have Another […]

Sunday Sniping: Zebras Run Amok, Tennis Transcendence, Tiger Rocked

Here’s an old saw I haven’t talked about for awhile. Too many of the “elite” college referees are doing too many games. I just turned on the telly and caught the last couple seconds of Notre Dame’s impressive road W at UConn, which started at noon today (Sunday). And whom did I see under the […]

MMQB (9/26): Tide, Tigers, Ten Million & 1 Extra Point

One Wafer Thin Point. My guess is you’re figuring I’m about to tee off on the ever incompetent Big East officiating for screwing Toledo out of an extra point and W on Saturday against Syracuse. Not so fast, my friends. There’s plenty of time for that. The point I’m talking about is that scored by […]