Tip-In Or Not, The Nixed FGCU Miracle Bucket Was Shot In Time

College basketball has determined that three-tenths of a second, while a barely blinkable unit of time, is enough to tap in a legal shot. It is not, however, enough time to shoot a basketball if the player touches it with a second hand — at least, that seems to be the definition of a non-tap shot (called a "throw" in the … » 12/18/13 7:47pm 12/18/13 7:47pm

Blown Calls Don't Get More Blown Than Bucknor Robbing Yelich

The Marlins tonight won their 59th game of the season, over the Phillies, no thanks to this call at first by umpire CB Bucknor. If this weren't a senioritis game between two also-rans, it would definitely go down as one of the biggest botched calls in recent memory. Heck, this was a meaningless game in the last week of … » 9/25/13 10:34pm 9/25/13 10:34pm

Tony Randazzo Ejected Mike Aviles From A Game That Was Already Over

When we profiled umpire Tony Randazzo last year, we noted he had an "aggressive attitude." That aggression was on display tonight in New York, as the ump blew a call with two outs in the ninth inning, tossed Mike Aviles from the game after it was already over, then taunted Indians skipper Terry Francona. » 6/04/13 10:58pm 6/04/13 10:58pm

Hawk Completely Melts Down About This Blown Double Play Call

Chicago White Sox announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson was obviously a little high-strung yesterday when Chicago had bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th with one out against the lowly Marlins. When umpire Angel Hernandez called White Sox batter Alex Rios out at first base to complete the double play and end the inning, Hawk … » 5/25/13 11:48am 5/25/13 11:48am

Umps Don't Give A Shit As Astros Make Illegal Pitching Change

The human element is really on a roll this week. Approximately 24 hours after the umpires in Cleveland reviewed an obvious home run and declared it wasn't a home run, another blue crew in Houston allowed the Astros to make a pitching change that is explictly prohibited by MLB's rules. » 5/10/13 1:15pm 5/10/13 1:15pm

How To Freak Out A Ref, By Illini Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase

Either that referee really didn't want to seem like he had a conflict of interest by high-fiving a player from one of the teams, or he's a germaphobe. Considering it's probably the former, we now know every ref's kryptonite—run after them with your hand up and they'll walk over their own mother to get away from you.… » 10/06/12 6:55pm 10/06/12 6:55pm

The NBA Releases A Video Demonstrating The Seven Illegal Flops That…

The NBA released a video yesterday of all the flops that they officially consider flops now that the NBA is officially considering flops. It has a weird narrator who uses unnecessarily colorful language, which is great. We get a "grossly embellished fall to the floor" from Reggie Evans, an "over-embellished reaction… » 10/06/12 3:05pm 10/06/12 3:05pm

Chipper Jones Predicted The Way The One-Game Playoff Would End Two…

As many have noted, two weeks ago, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked Chipper Jones what he thought of the one-game playoff. He said he thought the new double-wildcard, play-in game system was "stupid," because it potentially puts the second best team in a given league in the position of playing one game for their… » 10/06/12 12:50pm 10/06/12 12:50pm

USA Today Just Couldn't Wait To Troll Braves Fans And Everyone Else…

Like the call that handed the Seahawks the win over the Packers two Mondays ago, the ruling in the Braves-Cardinals death match was complex enough to trip up the layman. The call on Golden Tate's "touchdown" could, if you squinted, have been justified based on a slippery understanding of the concept of the "simultaneous… » 10/06/12 9:15am 10/06/12 9:15am

Someone Is Actually Sticking Up For The NFL In This Labor Deal Mess

It was bound to happen. Call it Murphy's Law of Contrarian Journalism. Two weeks back, it was ESPN's Darren Rovell looking to blame the NHL lockout on "die-hard fans," and now Ashley Fox, his colleague at the WWL, has stepped her toe into the shitstorm that erupted Monday night. Seems we've really all got it wrong when… » 9/25/12 10:50pm 9/25/12 10:50pm