Anyone else notice that the cbs coverage of this evening's games, especially the pitt-xavier and nova-duke games, has been excellent? The commentary (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery) has been exceptionally good. They don't try to force anything, they don't get too opinionated. They offer decent opinions, keep the viewers informed, and get excited and into the game. They're people you wouldn't mind watching a game and sharing a beer with. However, they're not preachy and elitist. They're common folks who just love basketball. Why can't we have more commentary like this?
Ok folks. I have to get something off my chest. But first, let me say congrats to all the UofM alum in the Superbowl that had a good game. Actually all who were involved played well and it was good to see.
Now on to why I wrote this. I have gotten into two arguments already this morning about the unsportsmanlike penalty to James Harrison last night. When I saw the first replay, I thought, "what did he do wrong?". Then I saw the second and heard Madden say, that "there was no room in football for something like that"...or along those lines. I say BS! Harrison did not close-fist punch anyone. He, to my knowledge, did not hit the player after the whistle. Somehow he was looked at as a macho-tough-guy-thug(according to co-workers) when all he was doing was blocking. I don't get it.
To give a little validation to my opinion, I played ball at a small college and started on the O-line for two years. If at anytime during a pass play a defender who was rushing fell, I would two/one-handedly, forcefully shove him into the ground. If he tried to get up, I would shove him again with force. THIS IS FOOTBALL. How was that a penalty on Harrison...assuming the conduct happened before the whistle?(which is what I interpreted) I did not record the game as I was at a party so if the whistle had blown, then disregard this, but the Youtube clip I watched looked like all players were still getting after it long after the initial "unsportsmanlike" activity.
Thanks for letting me vent! If I am wrong, please tell me so I can apoplogize to all my co-workers for being an arrogant jerk about the game of football.