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Sometimes Adults Can Learn From Young Adults (Do you hear me Leon?)

February 13, 2016

This is the final time I’ll talk about the clock controversy last Wednesday evening at Moby Arena when Boise State had a winning shot taken off the board by a decision of officials.

The MWC has issued multiple statements on the issue.  First saying the decision was correct. Then publishing a statement by the lead official David Hall explaining the process that led to the decision. Then on Friday, the MWC issued a statement saying that in fact the final shot should have been counted, Boise should have had a victory, but there was no way to change the result within the rules prescribed by the NCAA

And yet Boise State coach Leon Rice has continued to push for the win to be awarded to Boise State In an article by ESPN’s Andy Katz written after the most recent MWC statement (http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/14768638/mountain-west-says-boise-state-beaten-colorado-state) , Rice was still pushing for the outcome to be changed in Boise’s favor. 

 He didn’t choose the high road. 

He chose the “It’s Not Fair” angle.

You know, the one that little kids use all the time and is greeted with the “Life isn’t fair” statement by the adult.

And it bothered me that’s the path he chose.

Because I had watched two D-1 teams playing their guts out on Wednesday night in hopes that they would win the game for themselves, their teammates, their schools. Both Boise State and COlorado State had played hard for 40 minutes and then for the 5 minutes of OT when James Webb made the big shot.  And they played hard after the “decision”.

There was no BS amongst the players during the game. Not during warmups, not during the game, not after the game.

I watched the Broncos very closely during the warmups. You could see how much the game meant to them by how focused they looked and how organized they looked. No clowning around. Not like that selfish shit show of a UNLV team that came into Moby and clowned their way through warmups with stupid dunk contest efforts (yes you Derrick Jones, Jerome Seagears, and Waynoe Morgan).

I watched the Broncos during the game. Helping players from both teams up off the floor.  Running back to defend after making countless three-balls. Not like UNLV’s Patrick McCaw classlessly flashing a three-ball sign in the faces of the CSU bench. 

I watched when Boise players looked a tad sheepish after banking in three-balls.  No need to shush the crowd like San Diego State’s Matt Shrigley did last season after banking one in.

During the game I didn’t see or hear a lot of trash being spoken between the teams.  There might have been some. But not to the level that Nevada brought to Moby last week. Do you hear me Marqueeze Coleman?

And when James Webb made one of the most incredible shots seen on Moby in recent years to give what looked like a victory to his team, he ran to the corner and celebrated with his teammates.  No BS peacocking. Just elation for himself and his team.

I was fine with the outcome either way because both teams had played hard and honored the game.

And I’m even better after reading about comments made between the players post-game.

When James Webb can admit to Tiel Daniels that he fouled him on the final play of regulation, a foul that the officials didn’t call.

When CSU players can tell Boise State players post-game that they were screwed by the decision to wipe off the Webb basket.

The players understood what was going on.  They were the ones with the best sense of fairness in the entire arena. Not the coaches, not the officials, not the fans.

Nothing can take that mutual respect away from them.  And it’s something we all can learn from.

Right Leon?

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