Trust…Have We Lost It?

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On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS April 3, 2017, # 634 Up Next… “Trust – Have We Lost It?”

After further review…Merriam Webster defines the word trust as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Trust is a big word in parent-child relationships, as it is in virtually all relationships. For me, that assured reliance became a top priority in my relationship with my mother and father. I never wanted to lose their trust. It’s a value that I hope to have transferred to my children, as well as the students I have been privileged to teach. It was also a value that I carried over to my officiating life.

I trusted players and coaches to live by the rules, and if they didn’t, it was my responsibility to see that they did. It often required throwing the flag, literally and figuratively. But it was much more than just penalizing a T*E*A*M for a foul or violation. It became my responsibility to ensure not only that the game was played by the rules, but that the spirit of the rules was understood by all. Further, it was my task to see that all violations were judged fairly. Did I make mistakes? Of course, I did.

As the nature of the game progressed, so did the job of officiating. As technology became available to players, coaches, and fans, every error took on added significance because of its increased visibility, and the demand for video review to achieve perfection took precedence over live judgment. Many, including game officials, were skeptical. I took the position that if video replay would correct an officiating error, then let’s move forward with it. No official wants an error to occur that would be detrimental to a player or team. I was supportive if the on-field official’s decision would continue to be involved.

For the 2017 season, the NFL has decided that the final decision of a video review will be determined by the NFL’s command center in New York. While the on-field crew referee will still review a given play (now from a tablet rather than the sideline video booth), the final decision will be at the discretion of the command center personnel. This procedure is detrimental to the state of trust long invested in the on-field officials. In effect, it can now be argued that the on-field officials can be challenged by a coach whose appeal to unseen arbiters says to the on-field official “I will go over your head to a higher authority to prove you are not important to this game.” Trust will be lost!

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The Kap Kaper Kontinues!

On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS March 27, 2017 #633 Up Next...The Kap Kaper Kontinues!

On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS March 27, 2017, # 633 Up Next… “The Kap Kaper Kontinues!”

After further review…We digress from March Madness to update the progress of Colin Kaepernick. This may be the last time the TunneySide will do so. As you recall, Kap opted out of his 2017 San Francisco Forty-Niner contract, which would have paid him 14.5 million in base salary, to enter free agency. It appears the new ‘Niner football chiefs, the head coach, and the general manager, were not anxious to re-sign Kap, even if he were willing to accept a revised contract. Was the distraction and negativity associated with his “kneel-down” protest during pre-game national anthems last season a major issue?

One certainly can make a case for that. Further, is Kap being blackballed by other NFL teams because of his egregious behavior? It would appear so, but that argument may be hard to prove. Could it be that those teams have turned their collective backs on Kap because of that baggage? There have been expressions from fans that they would not want to follow a T*E*A*M that would hire a person of questionable character, in this case, one who is not loyal to his own country. Even President Trump weighed-in, but maybe that was a given.

In previous TunneySides, we have expressed the opinion that while Kap has a citizen’s right to express his dissenting opinion, he did it on “company time.” Further, as a public figure, he is deriding a “sacred cow” in not respecting an entity that is supporting his financial being. To be fair in that regard, Kap did donate a rather large sum of money toward helping others. Still, his position follows him wherever he goes.

Another football issue that may be preventing teams from acquiring his services is that wherever he lands, that team may have to change its style of play to adapt to Kap. He was successful in the ‘Niner system when Head Coach Jim Harbaugh (since departed) created a system that worked for Kap and took that team into the playoffs. Harbaugh was recently quoted saying “Kap can be an NFL starter and an outstanding NFL quarterback”.

Many teams with their current coaching staff may not want to discard their system and take the risk. Whatever the case, free agency time is running out. However, some teams may want to wait until the 82nd NFL draft (to be held in Philadelphia, PA,  April 27-29) is over to assess their quarterback needs.

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March Madness!

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On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS March 20, 2017, # 632 Up Next… “March Madness!”

After further review…Indeed it is…“madness!” But before we get to some of the month’s downsides, let’s talk about some fun parts of basketball. First-off. I have played basketball since I was about eight. Many times, as a kid, my shot never hit the rim (I was about five feet tall with the rim at ten). ‘Course there were times at Occidental College when I shot an “air-ball.” As I watched Ivy League champion Princeton Tigers defeat Yale 71 – 59 to move on to the NCAA tournament bracket of 68, I related to that T*E*A*M.

No, the Oxy Tigers, being in the smaller of the NCAA’s divisions in those years, were never eligible for that tournament. However, we related to Princeton in other ways, or as we called them “the Occidental of the East.” I always admired Ivy League players, because they were truly “student–athletes.” At Oxy there were no athletic scholarships (as it was the case and still is in the Ivy League, though large endowment has led to financial aid that blurs the distinction). Further, there was no “one-and-done” (the more talented players leaving college early to play in the NBA). We went to school to prepare ourselves for our future life’s work. Professional basketball was available for those who qualified; but not for the air-ball guys!

Watching the Patriots League Women’s basketball championship game, in which the Bucknell Bison defeated Navy 74-71 in overtime, I was impressed how far women’s basketball has progressed. (I’m not sure how the “Bison” nickname came about, but with the university founded in 1846 in Lewisburg, Pa., perhaps a few of them wandered east, there being too many highways to cross). What caught my eye in that game was that there was no knocking an opponent to the floor. Oh, there were the usual charging–blocking fouls, but there was more finesse than in the raw physicality of the men’s game, which leads me to the NBA.

The NBA game, at least to the TunneySide, has begun to allow NFL levels of contact. No, I don’t have a solution as to how you stop 6’11”, 250-lb. players from avoiding contact with each other. But seeing them get away with it cheapens the finesse that once characterized the game.! The court is still 50’ x 94’ and the basket still at 10’ – the same dimensions the Bucknell women use. Does that make sense to you?

Some suggestions: raise the basket to 12’, widen the court, call fouls for “holding” opponents (yes, defenders actually grab offensive players), eliminate “palming” the ball, traveling, or the two-step jump shot; but those ideas fall on deaf ears. Sad!

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