There's controversy behind UCLA's vic...

There's controversy behind UCLA's victory

There are 5 comments on the LA Daily News story from Mar 9, 2008, titled There's controversy behind UCLA's victory. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

UCLA had already won the Pacific-10 Conference title thanks, in part, to a questionable call in the closing seconds of a game.

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Altadena, CA

#1 Mar 9, 2008
This was the same Bill McCabe who said:(1) it was perfectly acceptable for Washington's Tim Morris to fire a fastball at point-blank range into Alfred Aboya's face, instead of down at the legs like players have learned to do instinctively over their YEARS of practice; (2) Alfred Aboya moved INTO THE WAY of Morris' heave, despite ALL VIDEO EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY, including the fact that there were NO Washington players in the direction of Morris' throw.

I've seen every replay of the double-team in the corner multiple times on multiple stations. i've run it at slow-motion on my TiVo, as well as frame-by-frame. There is simply NO WAY TO KNOW if Westbrook hit Anderson's arm or the ball. No camera angle shows it. Secondly, those same slow-motion and frame-by-frame reviews make it very clear that Anderson hit the ball out of bounds, i.e. it didn't bounce off his leg to go out of bounds. It DOES appear the ball bounced off his leg after Westbrook hit it, but then there's a distinct change of direction obviously caused by Anderson's extending arm.

As to Darren Collison saying he wasn't fouled Thursday, I don't think he'd say there was no contact. He might be saying there normally wouldn't be a call, but he can't say he wasn't hit. Despite all the idiots at ESPN saying "clean block," the foul called had NOTHING to do with the block of the shot, clean or not. The ref NEVER signaled an arm foul, he signaled a body foul. Watch the ref in the replays, as you'll see him IMMEDIATELY signalling a body foul. Close call, but a foul in the 10th minute should be the same as a foul in the 38th minute. STANFORD lost that game by allowing UCLA to come back from a 14-point deficit, and allowing UCLA to outscore them 14-4 in overtime.

Finally, as to Shipp's final shot in the Cal game, if you look at the slow motion zoomed-in replays on ESPN, you'll see it's pretty clear the ball went right up the side and over the corner. There's no justification, despite Doug Gottlieb's blathering on ESPN, to claim that the shot "clearly" should not count. It's not clear at all. In fact, it looks to be more WITHIN the rules than against them. Yes, it's very close, but the referees were right to count the basket.

Since: Mar 08

Knoxville, TN

#2 Mar 9, 2008
dude UCLA gets ALL the calls. It's crap.
Just a Fan

Hawthorne, CA

#3 Mar 9, 2008
I was not rooting for either team but as a sports fan, you want the outcome of the game to be simply fair and not based on officials ability to call a fair game. The play in the corner involving Ryan Anderson of Cal and the two Bruin players was a complete missed call and cost Cal the game. They purposely fouled Anderson as they were instructed to do and no whisle? Then the H-O-R-S-E shot over the backboard? Come on! Bruin fans should not be proud of winning this way. That was Cal's Victory that was stolen.
A Dad

Torrance, CA

#4 Mar 10, 2008
It's hard to imagine anyone believing that games are won or lost based on a couple of calls from the refs.

Watch any game---there are several questionable calls from the first second the clock starts ticking. The game of stanford against ucla--I watched a lot of calls that where missed or B.S. against the bruins-----they were not allowed to whine about it but man up and play ball.

Stanford gets the "questionable" call against them that didn't even cost the game but tied the game and allowed them the opportunity to start over at a tied score into over-time. There they had the opportunity to "handle the bad call" and win the game. They decided to give it up and lose by 10---that is not the refs fault.

Against cal---the only one that can comment on the call is the ref who was standing behind anderson and did not have a clear view and does not have the luxury of viewers at home of watching the play from different angles---then cal had the opportunity to play strong defense and shipp makes an amazing shot that all the monday morning quarterbacks are dogging---get a life---I have watched UCLA lose natl title hopes in football, lose games because of bad calls in football and basketball---i never heard this much bi@#$^ing and whinning over it. It must be a northern cal thing!

Let's hope the Bruins wake up and soundly defeat Cal or Stanford in the tourney--so shut up the cry babies.

Chesterfield, MO

#5 Mar 10, 2008
Lazy reporting. It's easy to watch the highlights, parrot what the ESPN honks report, and mail it in. Unless you can prove that there is a conspiracy by the officials to throw games, shut up.

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