In this article in the Augusta Free Press, Chris Graham makes many of the same observations we have made. Here are his observations about the latest debacles:
The suits didn’t expect lowly Virginia Tech to almost upset the apple cart 36 hours later in Durham. but a couple of phantom fouls on Tech senior Dorenzo Hudson prevented a Hokie second-half runaway and let the Dookies fight back to post an overtime win.
Sound familiar? A couple of interesting statistics to note, Duke shot 34 free throws to Tech’s 16 and Duke had only 13 fouls called on them compared to Tech’s 25.
Later Saturday, Virginia – long dormant, but threatening to be thorns in the side under third-year coach Tony Bennett – was doing its best to throw a wrench into the march toward the inevitable, somehow leading at the half against North Carolina despite losing star Mike Scott to two chintzy fouls, and taking another lead in the final six minutes after losing Scott to two more quick second-half fouls, including one that would have earned John Henson either a yellow card in European soccer or a Best Supporting Actor honor at tonight’s Academy Awards
In this game UNC shot 23 free throws to UVA’s 6 (yes that is four times as many free throws) and UNC was called for 11 fouls compared to UVA’s 17.
The writer’s conclusions are what interest me. He says:
For those of us who are fans and alums of ACC schools not named Duke and North Carolina, life goes on as always… But we never really do anything that will actually have an impact – like, I don’t know, boycott en masse the season tickets of our favorite schools, to send a message… As long as we keep acting like the sheep that we are, change in the ACC ain’t never gonna happen
The question I have is can the ACC be fixed? Can the ingrained mistreatment of the “other” schools ever be rectified? So far it has not even been acknowledged so how can it ever be fixed?
Time for some audience participation! Try to guess which player had the foul called on him in this picture:
If you said Virginia player Mike Scott…you were correct!