"And the fact that watching him pitch is like having someone poop on your soul." FCB on Gary Majewski
No doubt it was intentional why would coach K call a timeout with a minute or so to go. I'm sure it was a pride check for the team and the coach. Henderson unfortunately took it to far, and broke the kids nose.
As far as why was he in the game, to me that's just blame the victim mentality. North Carolina was clinching the Reg season championship the kids deserve to be on the court to celebrate that accomplishment.
Can anyone imagine both Packer and Vitale calling a Duke game together. It would be a Coach K lovefest.
You mean Billy pACCer?
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To Packer I say this:
It's Percy Harvin. Not Percy Harvins.
It's Chris Richard. Not Cliff Richards.
I must "pile on" here - I cannot stand Packer. I cannot believe how revered he is in some circles. I swear it seems he has lost a ton of knowledge over the last 10 years or so.
Vitale I must admit I like. He goes overboard with stuff, and I still find it hard to forgive his Lawrence Funderburke comment from many years ago, but in general I like the guy and his enthusiasm for the game and for life. Packer strikes me as a bitter dude. But I could be wrong about him personally of course.
As for the call - I thought it was pretty blatant. That motion did not seem at all "basketball natural" to me. Whether it was "out of frustration" or not, it still sure seemed intentional and vicious.
And to me the point of whether Hansbrough should have been in the game or not should not even be brought up. That whole line of thinking makes me furious. He was on NC's team, was eligible presumably, and had not fouled out so he can be on the floor anytime during the game. Not that a coach needs any more reason to play someone, but there are many other potential reasons besides those obvious ones as to why a starter might be playing at that time.
I never liked Duke either, but I have always respected Coach K. He seemed to be a decent type. That statement really bugs me.
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Last edited by macro; 03-07-2007 at 07:59 AM.
Just heard on Mike and Mike in the morning that Hansbrough doesn't think it was intentional. I wonder if he saw the replay?
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To answer the original question:
When it comes to being annoying, there is Dick Vitale, and then there is everyone else.
A couple years ago, I caught an old ACC tourney game ('83?) on ESPN Classic where Vitale was doing the color. This was back in the early days of ESPN. It was bizarre - Vitale was subdued, and only adding commentary / analysis that was relevant to the game.
It was actually one of the better jobs I'd heard in a long time. But somewhere in the late 80s he lost it (not unlike lots of other folks at ESPN) and got the horrible notion in his head that people were tuning in to hear him & his schtick rather than the game at hand.
I'm not a techie guru, but I've heard that if you have a surround sound set up with your tv, the audio from some games is actually broadcast over multiple channels. One channel carries the sounds from the game (squeakers on the floor, the bounding ball, etc) and the other one carries the broadcast team. With the right setup you can get all the sounds of the game without the annoying babble from the broadcast team.
I watched the replay - sans sound - and at first, it sure looked intentional. Looking at the replay at first made it look intentional but looking at a second replay I saw Henderson winding up to block the shot with his arm fully extended. Then when the ball came loose, it appeared Henderson bent his arm because he saw the ball came loose. Unfortunately when he did that his elbow was extended and Hansbrough ran right into it.
Oh, and Packer is a complete tool.
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I think the term intentional is a fuzzy issue anyway.
Gerald Henderson clearly intended to foul Hansborough as hard as he could and not allow any "easy baskets."
When the ball got stripped Henderson had already committed and could do nothing other than collide with Hansborough.
It was reckless, but in the way driving 50 MPH in a 35 is reckless.
Generally nothing major comes of it, in this case he broke Hansborough's nose.
The officials were right to eject him. He should sit out a game, maybe two.
But lets not act like Gerald Henderson should be held up on assault charges.
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