Sobering news for the idiots who like to taunt after the game is over…it ain’t over even when it’s over


1 Response to “Sobering news for the idiots who like to taunt after the game is over…it ain’t over even when it’s over”

  1. January 23, 2010 at 8:04 PM



    Here’s an oddity from a recent high school basketball game in Michigan that local players might want to study.

    The moral of the story: Sportsmanship extends beyond the final buzzer.

    Macomb Dakota — a school about one our north of Detroit — thought it beat rival Romeo when Mark Morris hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting his team to a 63-62 win, according to our colleagues at the Romeo Observer.

    No one contested that the shot was good, or that it was not from behind the line, or that it beat the buzzer … or anything like that.

    But immediately after the ball sunk below the net, the team, and its fans, headed toward the Romeo bench and began to taunt its players.

    “Reports vary, but … players and fans … wound up being a little too close and even on the Bulldogs bench,” according to the Observer. “Words were exchanged and somebody got physical.”

    Needless to say, a few people were not amused by the turn of events, particularly the game officials who were still on the court.

    With the clock already at triple-zeros, the officials assessed a technical foul against Macomb Dakota.

    Romeo’s Ryan Thomas made one of two free throws, sending the game to overtime where Romeo won, 77-71.

    This situation could have easily played out in Western Pennsylvania, or anywhere in the country for that matter.

    According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national organization that writes the rules for interscholastic competition, no score is final until the officials are out of sight.

    Per the 2009-10 NFHS basketball rule book, rule 2-2-4: The jurisdiction of the officials is terminated and the final score has been approved when all officials leave the visual confines of the playing area.

    Brad Cashman, executive director of the PIAA, said that rule applies to all sports in which, well, extracurricular activity could occur.

    The WPIAL has made a big push for better sportsmanship, and executive director Tim O’Malley said this game provides a good lesson.

    “The lesson that everybody has to learn is emotional control is paramount and the loss thereof has consequences,” O’Malley said. “In this case, the consequence of loss of control determined the outcome of the game.”

    Turns out every time is a good time to stay classy. . . .

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