Category Archives: League Bias

Arizona’s Budinger gets stomped on

During Saturday’s Arizona-Houston men’s basketball game, Arizona forward Chase Budinger was on the receiving end of an Aubrey Coleman head trampling that, to anyone outside of Stevie Wonder or Helen Keller, was clearly intentional.

The events transpired immediately following a charging foul call on Houston’s Coleman. Budinger, who took the charge, was sprawled on the ground before falling victim to Coleman’s best attempt at a curb stomp. Pretty cold blooded if you ask me.

Worse yet, Coleman (who was ejected shortly thereafter) could be seen celebrating with teammates following his violent outburst.

Houston coach Tom Penders, who apparently condones this sort of thing, defended his player’s actions after the game. “I know Aubrey, and I have never seen him lose his temper or composure or anything,” said Penders. “I’m just sorry the official interpreted [the stomp] that way. The way I saw it, Aubrey got tangled, and his momentum carried him forward, and I think it was a mistake.” Penders, I think your parents fornicating was a mistake. As for Coleman, a month suspension wouldn’t be out of the question. There are just some things you don’t do.

League Bias: USC forward plays hack-a-sack with Griffin

For those of you who happened to be watching ESPN2 last night around 5:15 PM, you likely witnessed one of the rarer scenes in sports. It happened during the middle of the USC-Oklahoma basketball game, as part of the Pac-10/Big-12 Hardwood Challenge.

The play was dirty, and gave a whole new meaning to “hardwood challenge.” USC forward Leonard Washington (for those of you who are fans of “Chappelle’s Show,” the answer is yes, that is the same name as Chappelle’s Trading Spouses character) took his game to another level last night by striking Oklahoma superstar forward Blake Griffin in the groin region. That’s the politically correct definition of where Griffin was struck, however “groin region” can encompass a fairly large area. The inner thigh, for example, is part of the “groin region.” Some would say that the lower pelvis is also a part of the “groin region.” So to be more specific, Griffin got hit in the gonads, the balls, the nuts, the testicles.

It was the literal definition of a low blow. Washington, upon official review of the video evidence, was charged with a flagrant foul and ejected on the spot. Perhaps a female officiating crew would not have sent the freshman to the showers, but the all-male triumvirate of referees seemingly felt Griffin’s pain and sent the Trojan culprit to the locker room.

ESPN 2, for its part, chose to replay the savage belt shot about 50 times over the course of the rest of the game. Every time Griffin scored from there on out was an opportunity to display the super slo-mo version of Washington’s love tap. The announcers derided the play, but inside had to be jumping for joy at the chance to exploit a soon-to-be Not-Top-Ten video sensation.

Announcer 1: And there’s Blake Griffin with another two points, and if you happen to just be joining us we’re going to show you something you don’t often see in sports. Earlier this evening, Griffin was the victim of a well-placed Leonard Washington slap. Let’s have a look.

Announcer 2: Ok, now you see Griffin right there, he’s backpedaling…and now here comes Washington…and riiiiight….THERE! Right in the balls, Steve, did you see that! That was amazing! Let’s watch it again in slow motion! Can we get a spotshadow on Griffin’s junk this time? Somebody get me a telestrator, quick!

I’ll admit I laughed once or twice after they went nuts about Griffin’s, well, nuts. It was a painful experience but ESPN has a knack for making things humorous. Here’s the video, enjoy.

League Bias: Arizona chokes on Horne’s boner

League Bias is a periodic segment examining interesting stories around our local teams’ respective leagues. Be it the NFC West, the AL West, or the Pac-10, League Bias will be there to cover the breaking story and put an interesting spin on it. Enjoy.

University of Arizona swingman Jamelle Horne isn’t entirely to blame for the Wildcats non-conference loss to UAB last night, but he sure can’t hide from the huge blunder he committed in the waning moments of the game (seen here).

With a 71-71 tie intact at the end of regulation, Arizona had crawled back from a 41-31 halftime deficit to push the UAB Blazers to the brink of overtime. With the game clock winding down and a chance to take the lead, the Wildcats missed on what would have been the go-ahead basket and UAB hauled in the rebound. Upon corralling the loose ball, Blazer guard Paul Delaney had just under three seconds to heave a midcourt desperation shot for the win.

At that very same moment Horne, a sophomore participating in his 28th college basketball game, began streaking towards Delaney thinking the ‘Cats had their “foul” play on (where as soon as the opponent gains possession of the ball, you foul as quickly as possible). Then, armed with the decision-making skills of a 15-year-old mother of two, Horne committed a Chris Webber-esque faux pas of epic proportions. Lunging with the entirety of his 6’6″ frame, Horne managed to snag Delaney’s jersey around the waist with 0.88 seconds left, sending the Blazers to the line with a chance to win the game.

Delaney went on to knock down one of two free throws and UAB was re-granted possession of the ball because Horne’s foul, in addition to being very stupid, was also ruled intentional (since Horne made no effort to go for the ball). That allowed a very lucky Alabama-Birmingham team to escape Tucson with a one-point victory in a game that should have been decided in OT.

Getting back to the embattled Jamelle Horne for a minute, we can legitimately sum up his performance with three letters: WTF. WTF, Jamelle! Have you never seen a basketball game before? Unless you are losing, you do not foul, and especially with 0.88 seconds left. Whether or not a play was on is beside the point. It’s straight mind-blowing. It’s the Mariners winning a World Series, it’s Michael Jackson running a KinderCare, it’s the Steve Bartman Pop-Fly Catching Clinic, it’s the Oprah Winfrey weight-loss plan….these things just aren’t supposed to happen! You effed up royally, and the only thing to save you from further embarrassment is the fact that this game was on ESPN2, and concluded around 1:30 AM Eastern time. So luckily, there weren’t too many people watching you go Mariah Carey crazy on the world for that short amount of time.

Of course, as alluded to earlier, Horne’s WTF moment isn’t entirely to blame for the Wildcats defeat. A minute earlier, teammate Kyle Fogg scored the game-tying basket then immediately fouled a UAB player on the ensuing inbounds play, convinced it was the right thing to do. Luckily for Fogg, he was spared public humiliation when the Blazers failed to convert at the line and play resumed.

Needless to say, two plays of similar boneheaded nature are a reflection on the coaching staff and the team’s inherent lack of awareness. If Arizona intends to compete this year, they’ll need to avoid similar gaffes in the future.