A Long Hot Shower May Help

If visiting fans and players feel a little soiled after the trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, consider how it affects the guys blowing the whistles.

  • Bob Huggins taunting an official, practically demanding a second technical foul.
  • The official feeling the heat, but not having the courage to follow through.
  • Student section yelling “Karen Sypher” as if that has anything to do with anything.
  • Jared Swopshire clearly getting knocked out of bounds but having a fifth foul called on him.
  • Official ducking his head, missing the most crucial play of the game as the ball goes out of bounds.
  • Three officials making the wrong decision after seeing a television replay showing the ball going off West Virginia fingertips. Should have been called a jump ball.
  • Rick Pitino making the right decision not appearing on his post-game radio show. Difficult to avoid saying anything not fine-worthy about the stripes. Despite his intentions, Pitino may still have succeeded in getting the message across.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

11 thoughts on “A Long Hot Shower May Help

  • January 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    words cannot express how ridiculous that game ended. don’t forget the body check on reggie delk on that last second 3.

  • January 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Some really bad stuff happening to affect the outcome of the game, really bad stuff. Officiating is impossible to predict or understand in too many games.

  • January 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Coach Pitino gave his short and angry comment on the officials.. It didn’t help Sypher’s name was chanted either.
    Honestly, you have to wonder the intentions of the officials.. they are people and they have bias…. who knows what was lurking in their striped minds.. but this was ugly….

  • January 31, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Video showed the ball was tipped out by Louisville on the ‘ducking official’ play. So, the right call was made. Once we start playing better, we’ll have fewer complaints about the officials. Good game WVU.

  • January 31, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I feel so sorry for our kids; they played their hearts out AGAIN and still had the game taken from them by poor officiating. This sure isn’t our year for bb is it? I still can’t believe the way that game ended…….

  • January 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Taylor, the WVU player admitted after the game that the ball was last touched by him.

  • January 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    this is the first taylor that commented, and from what I saw was 3 different shots of the ball going off ebanks after the missed 3.

    • January 31, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      By now we’ve all seen the replay and we all know the ball was out on Louisville.

      Like I said, we’ll see a lot less of this bull when we start winning.

      • January 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm

        Doesn’t matter who last touched the ball. An out of bounds call is not reviewable by instant replay – if there is any doubt, it goes with the possession arrow – which favored the Cardinals.

        • January 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm

          The ball was initially called out on Louisville. The officials were checking the clock. We need to quit making this stuff up. We need to quit whining and work on getting better.

  • January 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Easy Card fans. That same bald official blew three earlier calls that went in the Cardinal’s favor for buckets. One was a jump ball with the Cardinal player standing out of bounds at the time of the call right in front of him.
    The game was lost by blowing a 12 point lead. As bad as the officiating may have been, neither team should blame the ref.s in this one. WVU blew a 13 point lead to go 12 down. The officials sucked in both directions.

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