Did referee Richard Cartmell blow it for Texas?
In my own scientific analysis, which involved a DVR and an iPhone, he did. I rewound the play several times and never did our stopwatch get above 4.7 seconds before Texas' Cory Joseph turned to call a timeout.
Still, stopwatches can be wrong. But as ESPN's Pat Forde notes, arm swings cannot.
"The de facto clock in that situation is supposed to be the ref's arm, with one gesture for each second," Forde wrote. "And video of that shows at best an abbreviated fifth gesture."
I think Forde's being too kind saying there was even an "abbreviated fifth gesture."
Cartmell made a mistake. It happens. Arizona moves on.
I want me some Gus Johnson
You're my inspiration
Are we really supposed to celebrate someone finishing a marathon in 9 hours, 48 minutes, 52 seconds (or 22 minutes a mile) just because, at 400 pounds, Kelly Gneiting is the heaviest person ever to complete the 26.2-mile distance?
I commend him on his determination to finish, but if you're looking for inspiration, check out Anthony Robles. He just won a Division I national wrestling championship – with one leg. Let's be clear here, he didn't win a paralympic championship; he won a Division I national championship. Oh, and he's run a mile in under eight minutes, though his goal is to do it in under six.
What goes around comes around
Bruce Pearl has been fired. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
If you don't remember – and most probably won't – back in the late 1980s it was Pearl who ratted on the University of Illinois for alleged violations in the recruitment of high school star Deon Thomas. At the time, Pearl was an assistant at the University of Iowa.
Pearl supplied the NCAA with a taped phone conversation between him and Thomas that supposedly implicated Illinois assistant Jimmy Collins of making monetary offers to Thomas. Collins reputation was tarnished and his pipeline into the Chicago high school basketball scene was cut off.
In the end, the NCAA investigation found no wrong-doing on the part of Collins.
Fast forward to September, 2010, when the NCAA notified Tennessee that Pearl was under investigation for improper contact with potential recruits. Pearl would later admit to lying to the NCAA in its investigation.
Monday, three days after a humiliating 30-point defeat to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament, Pearl was handed his walking papers.
As Collins recently told the USA Today, "What goes around comes around."
Barry Bonds on trial. What for again?
Jury selection in the Barry Bonds case began Monday. In case you forgot what Bonds is going on trial for – and I couldn't remember either – it's for perjury and obstruction of justice, accounts stemming from his grand jury testimony in the 2003 BALCO investigation.
Riveting, I know.
Anyway, Bonds said he was never given or administered performance enhancing drugs and, of course, the government thinks that's a crock.
That leads us to this story …
Way back in 2001, I was covering a spring training game in Scottsdale, Ariz., between Bonds' San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. During batting practice, he was peppering home run after home run over the right-field fence which, in Old Town Scottsdale, means he was knocking balls into someone's front yard.
Then came the actual game. Bonds stepped to the plate and promptly launched a fastball to straight away center field. There is no embellishment here – the ball was still rising at it cleared the 30-plus-foot fence 430 feet away.
Sitting next to me was Nick Peters of the Sacramento Bee, who had covered the Giants since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. He'd seen Mays play. Seen McCovey. Peters turned to us and said. "That's the longest home run I've ever seen."
You might recall, Bonds went on to hit 72 home runs that season.
As for Bonds' trial, does anyone really care anymore?