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Thursday, April 04, 2013 12:19 PM

This is stuff you have to deal with all the time, especially in electronic media, such as TV.

I am referring, of course, to how CBS handled the situation regarding Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware’s gruesome broken leg Sunday.

They only aired two replays but at a reasonable distance and showed no blood or bone.

I actually agree with them on this.

Some disagreed because of the notion of “documenting history” — whatever that bilge meant — but how about a little dignity?

The guy was hurt and in severe pain.

The reaction of the players and coaches: even Duke Coach K was visibly upset; spoke volumes. That’s “documenting history”!

I guess it comes down to the same old, same old: what gets publicity, the guy helping someone out or the train wreck?

I did not watch the Baylor versus Louisville women’s regional semifinal Sunday but I have heard about it.

I’ve read some forums about what “really” happened and I guess it depends on who’s side you are on.

Some say — very vocally — it was the mugging of a lifetime by the Cardinals on 6-8 Brittney Griner; that U of L coach Jeff Walz should be ashamed for turning it into thug-ball or “street-ball” — which, by the way, he was quoted as telling his team to do so, such as drive and kick, and called his zone defense the “claw and one”; that the officials should be fired for their wholesale disregard for the rules; that head coach Kim Mulkey was well within bounds for her reactions on the court and her post-game remarks about the officials — she did offer that she didn’t care if she was fined — etc.

Others respond — with equal ferociousness — to quit whining because it’s part of “the game”; Griner and Baylor have been the beneficiary of officiating all four years; there were poor calls all game long for both sides; Mulkey should be ashamed for her tirade and near “strip-tease” but that it is “nothing new”; Walz got T’d up for doing the same thing Mulkey did just three minutes before, so who was favoring who; etc.

I did see some replays of certain plays — not many — and if that was the overall trend of how the game was called (or not called) I agree with the latter; it was ridiculous.

I can’t say one way or the other.

I don’t mind coaches getting passionate about the game but perhaps they both stepped over the line.

I do know this; in both the men’s and women’s NCAA tourneys, the officials have been under severe scrutiny by many a commentator and pundit — and coach — and found seriously lacking.

They cannot win, can they?

If they call it tight, they get inundated with “Let ’em play” and other such remarks; if they “Let ’em play,” it invariably gets out of control and the comments become “you’ve lost control of the game” or “someone’s going to get hurt.”

I am not saying they don’t make mistakes — everyone does — but their “mistakes” — both real and perceived — are easy pickings these days, especially at the college and professional level, with the intense scrutiny of instant replay, YouTube and such.

When a pundit is wrong, well, no one gets “hurt” or “hosed,” right?

Here is what I foresee if things continue: with more and more referees retiring and such (for whatever reason) and seemingly less and less getting in, there will come a day — and it won’t be later — when we won’t have enough to have three in a game.

Then what?

Talk about stepping over the line: did you see the video about Rutgers’ men’s basketball coach Mike Rice and his practice “habits”?

Throwing balls at players, calling them everything in the book, using “salty” language, being a general … I can’t write what I’m thinking but you get the picture.

I don’t necessarily have a problem with a coach making contact with a player, like grabbing a jersey and showing a player where to go — within reason but that is qualified — but the other stuff seems way out of bounds to me. Throwing a ball at a player’s face or head when he isn’t expecting it?

He was suspended for three games and fined $50,000 in December but with the general release of this video and one purporting to show the same “mixed metaphors” (remember “Star Trek IV” if you wonder where I got that from!) used in front of 10/12-year-old campers, well, that was determined to not be enough as he was fired Wednesday.

One of the school officials claimed that there was no line in front of his office regarding this matter but the line wasn’t in front of his door but heading out the door: guys leaving the program or just quitting.

I kind of wonder if this kind of activity was once condoned — or at least ignored — years ago.

If it was then, it ain’t now, especially when you have cell phones and other items that can record this rotten behavior.


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