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...officiating? Just curious why the media doesn't point out the obvious when they have the perfect platform to speak out and call for officiating reform. People can say what they wan't but officiating continues to get worse and worse every year in every sport.
No war is over until the enemy says it's over. We may think it's over, we may say it's over, but the enemy gets a vote. - Gen. James Mattis
The refs where trying to make up for all the bad calls in the first half with foul calls in the second half but we where horrible at the free throw line.
Auburn started out on fire. The refs started making horrible calls (not talking about the T's) and killed AU's momentum, causing the guys to get frustrated because they were getting hammered on one end of the court and then walking on egg shells on the other end. The tone of the game was set by the refs midway through the first half. Once the refs killed the aggressiveness of Auburn, no amount of fouls in the world would've gotten AU back into the game. The officiating killed the psyche of the players. Until that happened, Auburn was shooting great from the field, but once it did happen, the Tigers were completely frustrated thus poor play was the consequence of the officiating. And back to your point, making calls in the second half in no way makes up for poor calls in the first half. The first half calls are what sets the tone for the game. The second half is a consequence of the tone that is set. If officiating is fair and balanced, both teams tend to play to the best of their abilities. If it is not, the team on the receiving end of the bad calls tends to play poorly regardless of what happens from that point forward.
Officiating didn't cause Auburn to lose by 18 points ... they got whipped. They didn't man up when the game got physical. They didn't hit shots. They had long scoring droughts. They didn't hit free throws. That was it.
There were some questionable calls, but there are questionable calls in every game. That's the human element at work.
Can't blame the stripes when you lose by 18.
At least one of the announcers last night was remarking how bad the Gabriel hang call was and then the terrible charge. Poorly officiated game. Disappointing effort from our guys in the 2nd half.
The absolute worst officiating is, hands down, in the NBA. Watch an Orlando Magic game and observe how many times Howard gets fouled intentionally. WTF is an intentional foul if it is not someone hacking with both arms and making no attempt to get the ball? If they would just call all the blatent intentional fouls it would increase the offense and pace of the game. I would also think you would want to protect one of your biggest stars. In no other sport is it allowed to happen like in the NBA.
Auburn was playing great and stretching a lead until the refs started calling every single foul they could against AU and letting everything go against spuat. Then and only then did Auburn start playing terrible. Great plays were being nixed by terrible calls, aggressive play being subdued with ticky tac fouls only to see spuat get away with exactly what was being called against AU. That impacts a game greatly and the poor play from the point forward is a consequence of the actions of the officials. Again, when the refs were letting Auburn play hard and fast early on, they were great and stretching a lead. But then the refs got involved in a one sided manner and everything fell apart. So yes, I can blame the stripes for an 18 point loss.
Ridiculous. If Auburn makes its free throws, it has a chance to win. If it makes shots, it has a chance to win.
Teams adjust in-game. Alabama did. Auburn didn't.
That was the difference.
If you really believe the officials were out to get Auburn, there is nothing more we can discuss. Truth be told, Auburn was its own worst enemy.
The announcer on TV last night gave credit to the reffs for them all being the RIGHT call. I think he actually was defending them and then getting on them for calling them against bama. It was a poorly called game. You can watch any of the highlight reel stuff and see kids swingin from the rim and being very demonstrative WAY more than KG or CD3. It was a mind boggling game to say the least.
If you cant be honest....whats the point of being anything?
I normally wouldn't point to officiating as having a big role in an 18 point loss, but the fact is that every bad call in the first half:
1) Seemed to go against Auburn; and
2) Was called at a time that was devastating to our momentum.
The absolute worst, most damaging call was the second technical for hanging on the rim (guess the guy should have fallen on his head). Our lead had evaporated and it looked like Alabama was going to take control. But we got the fast break dunk to cut the lead to 27-24, crowd was up, team was up, ready to play defense and get the ball back. Then the T took the air out of the arena. We weren't the same after that.
Can you completely blame the officials? Nope. We played terrible on the offensive end and (as usual) at the FT line, but if you want to point to one occurrence that changed the tide (hate using that term, but des) and tone of the game, it wasn't anything a player did. It was the call by the official. An official should NEVER have that much of an impact in a game. Could he have technically argued that the call was correct? Well, there was room to argue, though I still think he was ultimately wrong. But it wasn't as blatantly wrong as some calls I've seen. But an official also has to understand what is going on in the game and allow the players to be the difference-makers. This guy didn't do that. That's the problem.
Maybe we lose anyway---really hard to know now, though.
I agree that you can argue the call both ways but....... As you stated the kid would have landed on his head and the ref still blew the call. He should have swallowed his wisthle on that one for sure. There were players flying all around him and he was horizontal with the GROUND when the ref blew the play dead... I ahve seen bad calls before too but to endanger the kid just cause you want to be on TV doesnt make it right.
At that point I told my wife...."Well there goes that one...its hard enough to beat the 5 on the floor much less beat the 9 on the floor includung refs." Those two plays swung the game by 8 points. And we were in a hole after that that we could not get out of.
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