Sunday, March 25, 2007

About that travel...

To my colleague Mr. Last:

Of course he traveled. No question about it. But did the refs notice and let it slide? I certainly didn't notice (probably because I passed out). These things happen. Like the game I caught a few years ago that Georgetown lost against Villanova in which the Wildcats had six players on the floor and won. Nobody saw that, not the refs, and definitely not our incompetent and now-former coach.

But as regards the Post, you must have missed John Feinstein's column in the same issue (probably because it was tucked away on page E13). Now you know Feinstein is not exactly a Hoya superfan. You know his gripe about Georgetown refusing to play in the BB&T classic (a legitimate gripe at that). But here is his take:

There will be a lot of debate about whether Green switched pivot feet as he spun into the lane on his game-winning shot. The answer to that question is: It doesn't matter. The officials aren't making that call at that juncture of the game unless the movement of his feet gets him into better shooting position. Green was double-teamed with a third player running at him and still made an off-balance shot. If college basketball officials called every switched pivot foot, every carry, every extra step, no one would ever score. Green made a big-time play to win a big-time game. Leave it at that.

8 comments:

Joseph Bottum said...

Vic--

So, like, I'm not the most credible person on this, having declared--on the First Things website, of all places--my certainty that Vanderbilt was doomed against Georgetown. But, c'mon. Our friend JVL is way over the top about this being the worst call in the history of the universe. It was a fumbled play--Green lost the ball for a second, remember? And he was surrounded by so many Commodores that all the refs could see was arms waving in the air. The Commodores got away with the same pushing that the refs whistled against Green on the other end of the floor, and Green got away with a stutter step. Not really surprising in a 3-second sequence.

Jody

Pablo Gersten said...

He jumped off his non-pivot foot, that is all. This happens on 25% of the plays in basketball these days. Whatever the rule book says, this has not been consistently called a travel in the past 10+ years at any level of basketball. If you call that a travel, you better start calling all the palming calls on every crossover, and change the strike zone in baseball to reflect the actual rulebook. You also better call holding in the NFL on every single play.
Green hit an impossible shot, JVL needs to deal with it.

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PSA+ said...

Feinstein: If college basketball officials called every switched pivot foot, every carry, every extra step, no one would ever score.

Maybe, but it would certainly be a better game if they cracked down on the carries; it's way out of hand.

EDub said...

Vandy got hosed.

Jason said...

My favorite...people like bottum trying to divert attention from an obvious travel by typing things like "Green was bumped."

Georgetown is blameless. I blame the NCAA and its obvious desire to garner ratings by having "name" teams in the elite 8/final 4.

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I don't see a travel.

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