I have now watched two Pac-10 games this week (ASU/UCLA, ASU/USC) and watched the zebras literally HAND both games to ASU on blocking fouls that were called offensive charges. Add this to the UA/ASU game that was also handed to ASU by the officials this year on a blocking foul that was called an offensive charge, and you have now the nationwide leader in blown calls.
And I’m not just singing sour grapes here, being a UA fan. All three games had the TV commentators watch the “foul” replayed several times in regular and slo-mo speeds and in all three games, they agreed, as did I, that the officials got it wrong.
And sadly, in all three games, the officials decided the outcome of the games because in each case, the team in question would have tied the game or brought the score to one possession – AND would have had momentum (which is a big deal in college basketball)!
And of course, ASU was the beneficiary of all three.
Now Tim Floyd, the USC coach, just got tossed for this latest travesty, and I really hope that USC sends this tape to the Pac-10 head of officiating, because those zebras REALLY need to put in some extra film time on “What Is and Is Not a Charge.”
UPDATE: The offending idiot ref this time was actually named in a newspaper article – Randy McCall. Hey, Randy, you need a serious retest of your officiating status. Heck, in that same article, the kid that took the “charge” (Jamelle McMillan) even admits “Whether I was moving or not, I was just going to fall. That was my plan the whole time. Fortunately the call went my way, and they got a little angry about it. I had made up my mind when I saw him trying to go by Derek (Glasser) that I was going to fall regardless.”
So, from now on until the end of basketball season, I will be posting every day and using “Randy McCall” as a tag as a protest, because the Pac-10 officials right now suck beyond belief.