Friday, March 28, 2008

Stu Jackson Speaks Out On Blown Call In Lakers / Warriors Game

Via fanhouse and latimes:

Many, especially Warriors fans, thought if there was a foul at all, it was committed by Fisher. Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, agreed.

"We did review," Jackson said Tuesday. "The call was incorrect. After looking at the play, the foul was on Fisher and not Ellis. It appeared that Fisher pulled Ellis down."

Jackson said the league informed the Warriors of its analysis. Delaney was also informed, though Jackson kept the discussions with the respected referee confidential.

In other news, Kobe Bryant just picked up another technical when he called Stu Jackson to argue the comment.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Officials Love LA!

Well... the Bruins aren't the only team in LA getting all the calls. Warrior fans are not at all happy at what happened in Overtime of last night's loss against the Lakers:

4 Seconds Left: Inbound pass set in Faker territory. This is it. The last play of the game. Nellie’s timeout prepped the team to tie it or shoot a 3 for the win. As the whistle blew and the players wrestled for position … the unthinkable happened. Fisher fell to the ground grabbing Monta with him, and the ref Delaney, blew the whistle calling an offensive foul.

This was the 2nd call during the 2 day mini-series where Fisher had a call go his way, well... the other was a no-call when there should have been a foul called. At the end of the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game - The Warriors threw a full court pass to Stephen Jackson who had gotten behind the defense... his intent was to catch and shoot in one motion - but Fisher fouled him knocking the ball loose... however, no call was made. I was listening to both games on the Lakers radio broadcasts, and both of these calls were questioned and criticized by the LAKERS ANNOUNCERS! Now Spiro Didas, (sp?)is a great announcer who's very unbiased, but Michael Thompson tends to be very pro-Laker, pro-Kobe, and EVEN HE questioned these calls.

Going back to UCLA for a second, over at TBL, they are trying to figure out why UCLA is getting all the calls this year - Sunday's no call takes the total to now 3 HUGE calls at the end of games that could have gone either way - but went their way... their possible explainations:

Is this the 100th year of UCLA basketball? Is the NCAA trying to get a final one for ailing John Wooden? Or is karma at play here, for the Bruins having lost the last two years in the Final Four to the eventual champion Florida Gators?

Monday, March 24, 2008

UCLA Benefits From Another No Call

So... UCLA is up by 2 with Texas A&M attempting to tie the game in the closing seconds of Saturday Night's game. The shot was blocked and UCLA raced down the court, dunked the ball as time expired. Game over, all is well in Bruin Country. Take a look at this picture and decide for yourself whether or not it was a clean block...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

WVU vs Duke

First half all the calls were going Duke's way. Things have evened out in the 2nd half.

I'm watching this game with a West Virginia student. To say he's pretty excited right now with the 'neers up 10 with 5:07 to go is an understatement. When the camera just showed Ed Hightower (head official) WVA fan shouts "I hate Ed Hightower!"

I'd say it's safe to say this game is over. Great 2nd Half for WVU! Mountaineers are heading to Phoenix to play either Xavier or Purdue. Winner most likely gets UCLA for a chance of making it to the final 4.