Kallas Remarks by Steve Kallas
1) Who did Isiah Thomas fool? We’ve just passed the one-year anniversary of the most inexplicable extension in the history of sports: Isiah Thomas’s four-year extension during his continuous destruction of the New York Knick franchise. The reality is this: Isiah only had to fool one man to get his extension. Oddly enough, Isiah only fooled one man (no other Knick fan alive was fooled). But the real strange thing is: What were the odds that that man in both instances would be the same person (the owner)? One in a million? I say one in 10 million. You get the point.
2) Did Jeff Green walk last year? If you’re a college basketball fan, you’ll remember last year’s Georgetown-Vanderbilt Sweet 16 game where, with a few seconds left and Vandy up 1, Georgetown’s Jeff Green clearly switched his pivot foot and walked. He made the shot (no call) and won the game, catapulting Georgetown to a Final Four appearance. The only people on the planet who didn’t think it was a walk were Jim Nantz, Billy Packer and the officials. In fact, you’ll recall, when CBS went back to the studio, everyone told us what a “big story” was brewing, the fact that Georgetown won on a missed call. Clearly, the guys in the studio were right. That is, until Billy Packer decided they were wrong. Unable to see his obvious mistake, Packer started a national spitting contest, insisting that two plus two equals five. Some people (John Thompson, for one) ignored the tape and agreed with him.
Fast forward to the Big East Final this past weekend. Georgetown-Pitt, about 15 minutes left, the ball goes down to Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert in the same spot on the court that Jeff Green was last year. On a virtual identical move to that of Green last year, Hibbert switches his pivot foot, an obvious (again) walk. But this time, two officials call it, the announcers laugh (it was so clear) and even Hibbert, who knows he walked, runs back to play defense. Since there was no big-time announcer there trying to cover his own mistake, play just continued with Pitt eventually winning the game. It’s just another example of what generally good announcers can do to mess up game coverage when they make an obvious mistake and won’t admit it.
Of course, none of this makes Vanderbilt (2007 team) any happier. Again, you get the point.
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