Hoopaholic’s Gazette: Duke on the Grassy Knoll

b-ballConspiracy Theorists unite.

You know who you are.

Ye who are sure beyond peradventure that there are covert ops in the NCAA Selection Committee meetings, making sure that Duke gets the easiest path to the Final Four.

Ye who are convinced that the refs who call Duke’s tourney games have an envelope full of cash, awaiting them after the final buzzer sounds.

Ye who demand to know, what does NCAA prexy Mark Emmert know, and when did he know it?

Re-form the Warren Commission. Investigate whether Mike Krzyzewski has ever visited Cuba. Is Jeff Ruby, owner of the premier steakhouse in the epicenter of college hoops, related to Jack Ruby?

Most important, if the refs of Monday’s championship game, Joe DeRosa, Michael Stephens and Pat Driscoll are, as some fervently believe, the hoops equivalent of Lee Harvey Oswald, is Director of Officials John Adams the guy on the grassy knoll?

Coming soon to a bookstore near you, another exposé by the authors of “Duke Sucks, And You Know It,” to be titled “How The Blue Devils Stole Their Fifth Title.”

Oh my, getting news feeds hasn’t been this much fun since Sam Ervin starred in the Watergate Hearings.

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During the title game the other night, The Professor called, screaming, “If they’re going to stop the game to look at the replays and review a play, why can’t they get the call right?”

You surely remember the situation. Duke was up 5. Loose ball along the endline under the Badger basket. Scramble for possession. Ball flies out of bounds. Messrs1 DeRosa, Stephens and Driscoll award the ball to Duke.

They check the monitor. One of the angles shows clearly that the ball was last touched by Justise Winslow.

But, but, but . . . the refs don’t change the call.

The rest of the story: The powers that be now reveal, the refs never saw that angle, which clearly shows the play, and that the rock was last touched by a Blue Devil.

Why? Hmmmmmmmm.

John Adams doesn’t know why. But admits he saw that replay on a stadium screen, and considered calling the refs back for further review. But didn’t.

Hmmmmmmmmmm. Why?

This couldn’t be a more loaded, controversial situation, had one of those zebras “accidentally” bumped Frank Kaminsky when he was running down court, pushing him over the edge, breaking the Badger center’s leg, like, oh, Kevin Ware.

And then, and then, and then . . . what’s with the FT discrepancy in the second half?

After Mike Krzyzewski severely admonished the officials, Wisconsin, the least foul prone team in the land, was whistled for almost one a minute in the first 11 minutes of the 2d half?

Conspiracy Theorists . . . it’s your time.

Demand that the championship trophy be placed in escrow until the truth is revealed.

— Seedy K

2 thoughts on “Hoopaholic’s Gazette: Duke on the Grassy Knoll

  1. My daughter did a study this year specifically following the going-ons of refs Stephens and DeRosa as well as NCAA REF Supervisor John Adams who happened to grow up in Youngstown Ohio close to where Cal was reared in western Pa. (I believe) and is about the same age as the Ky grand-poo-ba. Her brother in law is the editor of Bleacher Report and it was going to run Monday if UK won Saturday.

    Her study revealed the discrepancy in fouls called against the opponents (esp’ly when the Cats fell behind) when these 2 NCAA refs did important UK games. Plus their overall record while calling UK games is almost unblemished since Cal moved his road show to lexington.

    Importantly, Adams, as director of officials, almost invariably had at least one if not both of these 2 guys on the court for most of the CAts big games.

    Now this doesn’t explain anything about Monday night except for Adams unwillingness to get the OB call right—if you can believe that the ref’s on the court didn’t get the good view of the ball going off Winslow OB. What it might explain is the Adams thought the Blew didn’t need help against Wisky but might against Duke so he saved his ACes for Monday. Tsk, tsk…

    As for conspiracy theories, Vegas was going to take a whoppin’ if the Cats went 40-0…wonder if the refs that did that game got some stockin’ stuffers????

    Personally, I am glad the story didn”t run. Think of all the strange deaths of witnesses and others connected to the Kennedy investigation. Seems like she (and I) may have escaped a pristine bullet Saturday night, Mr. Warren…

  2. Lachlan “Lamebrain” McLane said last night that the officials did not get to see the angle the TV saw of the ball going off the finger of the Dukie. He opined how that was possible ? But it appears that was the case.

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