A Moment of Appreciation for the Second Ref
Last night was “game night” aka Holy Balls board games are fun, we’re in our mid-20’s and don’t want to get blitzed every night anymore, let’s play some Catchphrase!
Anyway, in the midst of this, the Pitt/Butler game was on TV. I couldn’t hear what was happening with all the Rick Astley blaring in the background, but I could see what was going on, and it pissed me off.
Butler is up by 1 with 3 seconds left. Pitt in bounded the ball, Pitt guy catches it, heaves up a desperation half court shot. Refs call a foul.
The Butler guy didn’t really come close to fouling the Pitt guy in my opinion. I’ve been reading articles today that said the Butler player leaned his shoulder into the Pitt player. I can kinda see how that was the case but still, there’s no way you make that call in that situation. It was BS and Butler was getting hosed.
The Pitt guy hits the first free throw.
The Pitt guy misses the second free throw. Big goofy white guy on Butler grabs the rebound and for some odd reason, he gets absolutely HACKED by a Pitt player.
The second ref is standing there and rightly calls the foul. Two shots Butler. Game over. Just like it should have been 3 seconds ago and drama free.
I hate everything about Pitt so seeing them lose was awesome, and I dunno why I put them in my final four, they always, always, ALWAYS choke.
The thing I loved the best was seeing a Pitt assistant basically piss himself crying over the call, he jumped up, stormed the court and was screaming at the ref.
Dude. Calm down. They got it right. And your call was total BS and now you’re mad at this call? What a tool.
So thank you second ref for having the balls to make that call and get it right.
Butler deserved to win and we all deserved to get our brackets busted by trusting in a team that has done absolutely nothing to earn our trust in March.