It's the National Championship game and Duke is leading Wisconsin 63-58 with just under 2-minutes left in the game. A loose ball goes out of bounds and the initial call is that it went off a Wisconsin player. But, just to make sure the refs check the replay.
While they look at it CBS shows replay after replay as well and after a couple angles that don't really help, everyone watching sees the replay in the clip above showing conclusive evidence that the ball went off a Duke player.
But then, to the complete surprise of me, the CBS announcers and everyone watching around the world, the refs award the ball to Duke - who go on to hit a 3-point shot and go up by 8 points (Wisconsin is able to get the lead back down to 3 but can't get any closer and they lose the game 68-63.
How the hell did the refs see that replay and still award the ball to Duke you ask? Well, the problem is that they never saw that replay!
John Adams, the NCAA head of officials stated in an interview yesterday that "All four of our officials were involved in the review. We never saw, on our monitor, what everybody saw at home, if you can believe that,"
However, even crazier, is that after the refs had left the monitor Adams says that he saw the proper replay that showed Duke touching the ball, but did nothing about it. Are you kidding me!!
"I saw it after they had left the monitor, and actually thought about, is it in my prerogative to get up, run over to the table, buzz the buzzer, and tell them to come back and look?" Adams said. "That’s how critical I thought the play was and concluded that this is a job for the guys on the floor. I’ve never done it before. Why would I do it tonight and perhaps change the balance of the game?"
Because it would have meant getting the call right John!! Isn't that the whole point of using instant replay?
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