The Replay Problem

Ok, I will admit to being biased about the end of the ISU-UNC game. But, I also agree with this take on it– the refs got the call right. The problem is they got it right in a vacuum and sports clearly doesn’t fit that criteria.

Yes, UNC should have only had 1.6 seconds to get their shot off or call time out. Yes, they didn’t do either in that time period. But, is that their fault?

Think about it, you are Kenny Britt, the UNC player with the ball. You are frantically trying to get up court and watching the clock. You see time running out. If you realize that it is almost up what are you going to do? You are going to chuck a desperation basket and hope it goes in. He didn’t do that because he thought he had enough time left to call a time out.

Ok, let’s think about it another way. UNC inbounds the ball and throws up that desperation shot. It goes in and they have won. Do the refs review the play and eliminate the basket? As long as UNC clearly got the shot off before the clock hit 0.1, I don’t think so. And then you have the wrong team advancing to the next round.

The breakdown happens when the ball goes through the hoop. The clock doesn’t start as soon as it should, but you can’t pretend that if it had things would have progressed as they did. By saying that they would have, the refs blew it.

To me the solution is to eliminate everything that happened after the ball went through the hoop. UNC gets the ball, under their basket, with 1.6 seconds left and the clocked stopped. See what happens from there, probably not a different result that the final one, but probably a fairer one.

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  • blmeanie  On April 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I don’t know if every team feels ripped by the replay system but the Sox have had half a dozen gripe worthy complaints already, a few have been instrumental in the outcome of the game.

    I wonder if it will play havoc with the ending standings over the course of a year?

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