On a rant: Let the players play the game
by Don McQuiston
Feb 27, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This past week saw many teams in high school, college and pro sports take the proverbial gloves off and fight for everything that is important to them. I’ll start with Tuesday night at Wildcat Gym where the adults adversely affected the game between Todd Central and the Wildcat Boys team.

As several adults would cause the team to be assessed 2 technical fouls that would cost the boys 6 points and make a Jonathan King basket that cut the lead of the Rebels to 5 to be meaningless as the ensuing 6 points would be the back breaker in a game played by the players. The adults involved in this mess know who they are and the referee that gave these technical fouls is a veteran official that calls college games and high school games throughout many states and conferences.

I will now digress to give kudos to the Trigg County Road Department’s efforts during the recent bad weather. I make the trek daily from Murray to Cadiz going through the current construction in the LBL to get to our warm and cozy office on Nunn Blvd.

Each morning during the past week’s icy weather I found the Trigg side of the LBL and 68/80 to be in the best condition of all the roads I traveled. Unlike those that hate to see the salt trucks I see them as great relief knowing a limited amount of drive back and forth will have to be watched with great concern. Thanks again from a weary traveler.

As I have made mention of in my weekly column here I spend time shooting Murray State sports and unfortunately this weekend I missed out on attending as I stayed home trying to get over the flu bug. While listening to MSU’s game on the Internet I happened to notice how much this thing ESPN created called the Bracketbuster has affected the college landscape of conference known in our business as the mid-majors. (Ohio Valley, Missouri Valley, Sunbelt, Southern, MAC, The Horizon League and so forth) You will recognize schools that play in these as ones many area students not just athletes attend. Well this Bracketbuster started out putting teams there the top part of the conferences against each other many on national TV just a few weeks prior to the end of the regular season creating a great showcase for these potential Cinderella schools to be seen by all.

Over the last couple of years this has now been expanded to include all the teams in these conferences and diluted what was once a great concept and showcase for those teams who could be the NCAA field of 65’s next Cinderella. I hope these conferences will look long and hard before planning to make this part of their schedules next year.

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