Going into reading this, know that I am probably biased on this topic. Not only am I a Pacers fan but I'm also a huge Lance Stephenson fan. My takes on the "unwritten rules" of sports have been set for years now and this does back up my thoughts but just know going in that I am a Pacers and Lance fan.
But the "unwritten rules" of sports caused another big ruckous last night. Is it just me or do more fights and controversies happen in sports because of these "unwritten rules" more than anything else. Last night with the Pacers winning in the final seconds, Lance Stephenson got a breakaway lay-up and instead of just dribbling out the game clock he took the ball all the way in for a layup and scored.
Toronto takes exception to this and a scuffle breaks out. Benches almost clear and people have to be restrained.
So to summarize, one team got mad at another team for shooting a layup.
Just think about that. A group of adults got mad at another group of adults because one of those adults shot a lay-up. Lance didn't pound on his chest or dunk over someone or upstage anyone on the Raptors, he shot a lay-up because no one was guarding him.
I just don't get these "unwritten rules" of sports sometimes.
A "written" rule that does need changed is golf's absurd policy that viewers at home can call into the LPGA or PGA and report violations they see on television while they are watching an event and change the course of the event. I know I'm late to the party on this since it happened Sunday but what a ridiculous rule. Sunday wasn't the first time this has happened either. Seems like this occurs at least once a year on the PGA Tour.
I've heard all the comparisons to other sports the past couple days like "Imagine if someone stepped out of bounds on a play and someone called in to report that. Sorry San Antonio, we gotta take away 2 points from your score becuase Kawhi stepped out of bounds before scoring 15 minutes ago." And all those things make sense and I agree. It's preposterous. But even just in the sport of golf alone it doesn't make sense.
You're in the moment and have to retroactively react to something that happened 30 minutes ago. And it's not like you get to go back to that original point of play and pick up from there. You just have to add that score on and go from where you are currently at. People play differently when they are in different situations. Just adding strokes on is crazy.
And who are these people that are calling in to report violations? What a fun crowd to hang out with. And how the hell are they getting through to anyone important? I can't imagine watching an NFL game on Sunday, seeing something I don't agree with, and picking up the phone and saying "Hey is Roger Goodell available I'd like to speak with him about something?"
Don't pick up the phone PGA, it's really a simple fix.
The girls high school tennis team I coach dropped our season opener last night 9-2 to Indianola. Good first meet for our team. Got some experience and competed across the lineup. Back in action tomorrow at home against Ballard and then home again Friday against Des Moines North.