I have a busy week ahead of me. The first half is full of refereeing. During the second half of the week, my wife and I are going to a kidless undisclosed location with minimal internet connection (just enough to Skype Grandma and Grandpa once a day to make sure the kids are getting appropriately spoiled.) So I am not sure how much interesting things I can write about this week.
Over the weekend, I worked a game with a referee who was telling me about an interesting situation he had earlier in the week. What are your thoughts on this scenario?
Red and White don’t like each other. They are both good scholarship driven programs. Both are usually competing for one of the last bids into the NCAA play-offs. They have a history of having ugly games.
In the fourth minute, Red #8 makes a very hard but legal challenge against White #2 in front of the White bench. Red #8 hooks the ball behind his knee, trapped between his thigh and calf. White #2 continues to go through the ball, and then goes airborne with an audible “SNAP”.
The referee stops play as White #2 writhes on the ground and calls in the trainer. 10 minutes of stoppage ensues as White #2 right leg is broken and he is prepped for transport. After White is in the ambulance, the referee shows a yellow card to Red #8. The card was written up as Unsporting Behavior.
One final piece of information, Red #8 completed the game and he was only fouled three times (once hard). The referee ended up giving three more cautions and no red cards.
What are your thoughts on this? Are your thoughts different if the broken leg challenge happened in the 88th minute? Are your thoughts different if the incident happened in the far corner 80 yards from the White bench?
My thoughts are below the fold.