Study: Napoleon Complex Is Real; Shorter NBA Refs Call More Fouls

A new study in the Journal of Sports Economics finds that shorter NBA refs may call more fouls, in an excellent manifestation of the Napoleon Complex. Paul Gift and Ryan Rodenberg looked at 4,463 regular season games from 2008 to 2012, and—controlling for variables like race and experience*—found a relationship… » 6/09/14 2:20pm 6/09/14 2:20pm

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… » 12/18/13 7:47pm 12/18/13 7:47pm

Ahmad Brooks Says His Flag For Hitting Drew Brees Was "Bullshit"

With the Saints driving, down three, with just over three minutes left, Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble that was recovered by Patrick Willis. "It was almost like Christmas early," Willis said. Well, Christmas was canceled. Officials called Brooks for a personal foul, which swung the game. Brooks… » 11/18/13 10:00am 11/18/13 10:00am

The Art Of Screwing Up: How NCAA Refs Live With Their Mistakes

In the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, 16th-seeded UNC-Asheville trailed top-seeded Syracuse by three points with 38.2 seconds remaining, Orange inbounding the ball. This was a big moment for the Bulldogs, and it would prove to be a big moment, too, for a man whose name and face you wouldn't even recognize.… » 4/08/13 3:45pm 4/08/13 3:45pm

Renaldo Balkman Choked A Teammate Today

Released from his second go-round with the Knicks last year, former first-round pick Renaldo Balkman finally caught on with a team in December. He signed with the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippine Basketball Association, and has apparently been playing well. But in a game tonight (time differences and all),… » 3/08/13 10:50am 3/08/13 10:50am

Hockey Coach Uses Glasses And Cane To Mock "Blind" Referee, Gets Ejected

Sometimes I think junior hockey exists to give the smaller, underserved cold-weather markets a local team to call their own. But then I realize, no, it exists mostly to populate the internet with video of line brawls, weird promotions, and coaching meltdowns. This comes from a game Saturday between the NAHL's… » 1/28/13 9:35am 1/28/13 9:35am

Caron Butler's Block Takes Out Unsuspecting Ref

With first place in the West on the line, the Staples Center was as raucous as its been for a non-Lakers game in many, many, many years. (Many.) Caron Butler did his part, nearly forcing a turnover from Kevin Durant in the corner, and then sneaking in behind Serge Ibaka to land this swat block. It would have been… » 1/23/13 9:25am 1/23/13 9:25am

Amir Johnson Took 3.5 Seconds Between Dribbles, And Did Not Get Called…

It's sort of inexplicable how Toronto's Amir Johnson was able to get away with this. He takes the pass, dribbles to just outside the lane, picks up his dribble, pump fakes, pump fakes, and drives for a short jumper. By the game clock, it took him nearly four full seconds between putting the ball on the floor, and he… » 1/03/13 1:45pm 1/03/13 1:45pm

NBA Ref Joey Crawford Made A Terrible Foul Call, Celebrated It With A…

Our friends over at With Leather once called referee Joey Crawford "the worst thing about the NBA." It's hard to argue with them after seeing his latest stunt. After a night of showboating in the Pacers-Lakers game tonight, he capped off his performance with a questionable blocking call—one that probably cost L.A.… » 11/28/12 1:30am 11/28/12 1:30am

Here's Video Of That UC Santa Barbara Soccer Player Shoving A Referee

This much was certain yesterday: Peter McGlynn, a senior defender for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team, had done something to harm an official after first earning both yellow and red cards during the Gauchos' overtime loss to UC Davis. As we told you last night, McGlynn was taken from the field in handcuffs… » 10/29/12 4:35pm 10/29/12 4:35pm

A UC Santa Barbara Soccer Player Was Handcuffed On The Field And…

Either during overtime or directly after a loss to UC Davis today, UC Santa Barbara defender (and one-time Second Team All-Big West selection) Peter McGlynn punched a referee that had just tossed him from the game. One early account said McGlynn punched the head official after a 2-1 overtime loss, another said McGlynn… » 10/28/12 11:59pm 10/28/12 11:59pm