Apr 6, 201508:51 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
When the referees don’t get it right, you still have to keep playing
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We’re still on a hoops high here at the Stately Manor. The turning point of Saturday night’s already legendary game was Trey Lyles slapping our Josh Gasser upside the head and not even getting a foul call, much less a technical 1.
Crunch time. The TBS crew called it one of the best college hoops games ever. Now for some unfinished business with the Blue Devils.
That slapping non-call was a turning point. Lesser teams would have packed it in. Down four points, the Badgers could have used the two free throws and the basketball. But it was Kentucky’s ball. Totally unfair. Instead of dropping their dobbers, the team decided to suck it up and work even harder. If you know Wisconsin basketball, you saw it coming. Sam Dekker slashed for two points. On the next possession, drained a three. Took a charge, tossed in a free throw.
Some of the losers refused to shake hands with the victors. One of them called vile names in defeat. Some in the hometown rioted. None of that changed the outcome.
Back in Madison, Al Sharpton’s practice squad, Young, Gifted and Black, tells the Wisconsin State Journal with misplaced pride that “order doesn’t work for us.” Try telling that to Traevon Jackson or Bronson Koenig.
Instead, they denounce “state violence.”
“State violence?” Let’s stray from the sports page for these three stories over the weekend.
• Police recovered shell casings after shots reported on southwest side Friday night. (Story here.)
• Police have suspects in west side home invasions in custody. (That story.)
• One more recent story: “Police responded to reports of shots fired and multiple burglaries on Madison’s west side Friday morning.”
“State violence,” indeed. Instead of taking a page from the Badger basketball team’s success, Madison is determined to study failure.