This comes after a blatantly missed call in OT between Yale and Denver hockey last Friday. With just under two minutes left in a five minute sudden death overtime period, DU was whistled for a trip meaning that the Yale would have the man advantage for the remainder of the game. The problem is that it was clearly a dive. Yale capitalized on the power play earning the 2-1 win. While I am fine with the fact that Yale won…they absolutely earned it because they out-played Denver all night…I am not happy that it came as a result of a horribly questionable call. This isn’t the first time WCHA officials have shown their incompetence. For example in game between Denver and Minnesota State Mankato, a MSU player was called for a cross check while the Denver player who absorbed the hit was called for diving, two penalties that don’t make sense being called together (especially when the DU player came away with a broken tooth). No matter what school you are at in the WCHA, the officials are hated with an extreme passion. This prompted me to wonder at what point the sports world would start holding their officials more accountable.
While these are just a couple examples, there are always questionable calls in all sports…just ask Jim Joyce. It’s a part of sports. It has been and it always will be and you know what that’s fine. My problem is when an official takes the game out of the players’ hands near the end of the game and are not held explicitly accountable for it if it’s the wrong call. Take basketball for example, well college ball because they don’t call much in the NBA, as the ends of close games are approaching you typically see more physical play left uncalled for the reason of not taking the game away from the players. Granted if it’s deserving of being called it will or at least it should, but I would much rather see players fight and grind it out than watch an official take it from them. Hopefully as sports continue to change we can find a way to keep the officiating up to speed and not let questionable calls decide the outcomes of the games we all love. Have a great rest of the weekend and tune in next week.
Oh and as I am finishing this up unranked Baylor is ticks away from beating #8 Kentucky in Lexington. Say goodbye to your home win streak Coach Cal. I’m going to guess that you might have preferred it come against #1 Indiana and not an unranked team but oh well. Congrats Baylor on the big win and Cream and Crimson all the way!