“A Lesson in Fair Play”

On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS July 25, 2016 #603 Up next… “A lesson in Fair Play”

After further review…A friend who has since passed away shared with me this story: One day while golfing with colleagues in the insurance industry, he said he discovered yet another example of honesty being the best policy. He knew two of the men in his foursome and was just getting to know the fourth, he called him Ace; and by the third hole, he learned more.

Ace and his business partner had owned a property and casualty insurance agency. They had put in the years and the sweat, as their agency grew into a respectable mid-size firm. It attracted the attention of one of the big conglomerates. After some negotiations, Ace and his partner decided to sell to the “big guns,” agreeing to stay on as consultants and continue to do some selling. The paperwork was completed; everyone seemed pleased.

After a couple years, Ace and his partner felt they weren’t active enough and decided they wanted to go back to running a brisker business, like they had before. The big guns said they couldn’t, claiming they had agreed to never again work in insurance outside the big firm. Ace said, “Show me where we agreed to any such thing.” The big guns claimed it had been an oral agreement. Ace knew there had never been such a discussion, much less an agreement, so he said, “See ya in court.”

In court, the judge agreed that an oral contact is as good as a written one, if it could be established there was such. The judge’s question was: which one to believe? After two days of listening to both sides the judge said, “It’s basically a question of who do I believe, and in the absence of any real evidence, I have to go with my gut and my gut tells me to trust experience.” The judge continued, “the experience that’s relevant here is that a number of years ago Mr. Ace played in the state golf championship. On the 18th fairway, he hooked his second shot into a bunker. He was up and out in one, made the putt and everyone thought he had won the tournament, except that Ace announced that he had grounded his club in the bunker and declared a two-shot penalty on himself.”

Further the judge said, “No one had seen Ace ground his club. He could have not said anything and taken the win, but he didn’t. He told the truth, when he didn’t have to; and I believe he is telling the truth now. Case closed.”

Will you step-up to tell the truth when you could have dodged it?

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To play or “to Replay?”

On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS July 18, 2016 #602 Up next…To play or “To Replay?”

After further review…In a couple of recent sports contests the use of video replay has come into question. The Tunney Side offers some questions for your consideration. Let’s first back up and discuss my involvement with video replay, or as it was called then “Instant Replay.”

In the NFL pre-season of 1978, I was assigned to referee the Buffalo Bills vs Dallas Cowboys game in Texas Stadium. Unbeknownst to me and our crew of officials, Art McNally (Supervisor of Officials), Norm Schachter (legendary former NFL referee), and Tex Schramm (Cowboys General Manager and a strong proponent of video replay) were in attendance at that game. They were in a separate booth in Texas Stadium to “experiment” with instant replay, i.e., to determine if there was ample visible evidence, and an acceptable level of game delay to review officials’ calls. That test gave the NFL Competition Committee preliminary information on how it might be used. Many owners, general managers, coaches and game officials were hesitant to introduce such a radical officiating tool, and the results of that single experimental game did not change perceptions overnight.

Eight years later in 1986 the replay system was approved – on a one-year trial basis – as “an aid to officiating.” That system has exponentially grown into one that will be remain in constant use—doubtless with many tweaks and improvements –- by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, MLB, golf, tennis some colleges, and etc. It has yet to be employed by high schools, but it may just be a matter of time before technology is affordable enough at that level.

In the recent 2016 Men’s U.S. Open Golf Tournament replay has raised another issue. That tournament played at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA., was won by Dustin Johnson. However, during the final (fourth) round as Johnson approached his ball on the green, the ball moved – a violation. Johnson pointed out that ball movement to the on-course official who then agreed with Johnson that his club did not cause the ball movement. But after examining high-resolution video replay in the official’s booth, it was determined that it was nevertheless a violation and that Johnson was subject to penalty. That penalty was assessed after the tournament. DJ won by three-strokes so the one-stroke penalty did not affect his winning, but has the replay equipment in this instance created a “false” positive?

Further in the 2016 Women’s U.S. Open played at CordeValle in San Martin, CA. there was a similar occurrence. Anna Norquist was ruled to have grounded her club in a bunker–a violation. Her club touched a single grain of sand not visible to the naked eye, but “caught” on high-def video. Norquist lost the championship playoff after the “grounding your club” penalty was invoked. The question here is: if it is now a given that rules violations exceed the live observation of players and/or officials, should every player and every shot be reviewed before a tournament is completed?

Will you log-in your thoughts about how far into the game the camera lens should extend?

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Free Agency Building a Dynasty!

On the TunneySide of Sports July 11, 2016 #601 Up next… Free agency building a dynasty!

The 2015 NBA World Champions Golden State Warriors have lured, with great financial incentive, Kevin Durant 6’ 9”, 240# and a 10 year NBA veteran super star into their fold. Durant was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 2007 (whose franchise then moved to Oklahoma City to become the Oklahoma Thunder). Durant has been with only one NBA T*E*A*M in his entire carrer, yet he has never won an NBA championship. Is he exercising his free agency: 1) for the money ($54.3 million/two years); 2) because he’s unhappy with the Thunder; or 3) for the chance to play with a team that set an NBA record winning 73 games?

A dynasty, it is said, is a “sequence of rulers from the same family, etc. with a more formal definition based on feudal or monarchical systems, The TunneySide assumes that’s what the Warriors intend to accomplish. I guess Durant liked what they do — along with least two of the three above. Could you blame him? Are dynasties really good in sports?

You may have, or have had, a sports dynasty? In the NFL would it be Lombardi’s Packers, Shula’s Colts/Dolphins, Madden’s Raiders, Noll’s Steelers, Walsh’s Niners, Belichick’s Patriots or another club that you followed and admired? There have been those types of dynasties in all professional sports, as well as in colleges and high schools. However, colleges and high schools don’t have the luxury of free agency that professional sports do – thank goodness! The Tunney Side has never been a fan of free agency!

The draft system established by professional sports was designed to maintain a balance of competition. That thinking is sound! If one team dominates the player market and is allowed to monopolize the available talent, the other teams, and their fans, become disheartened with their attendance and income diminishing. That team and their fans suffer.

Free agency is simply defined as a player, who signs a contract for a given number of agreed years, must remain with that team until the end of that contract before being allowed to seek employment from another team in that sports league. There are many, and always will be, exceptions to the argument that a player should remain loyal to the team that originally obtained that player. In today’s sports money-world that argument falls short.

Will you log-in on your opinion of free agency as well as dynasties?

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