Fans are talking about Georgetown, and why not? The Hoyas’ come-from-behind overtime win over North Carolina last Sunday was one of the great victories in GU history. It ranked right up there with George Mason getting to the men’s Final Four last year and Maryland’s men (2002) and women (2006) winning NCAA Division I basketball championships.
I like Georgetown basketball. They play a clean, well-rounded team game and are fun to watch. However, the Hoyas don’t deserve to be where they are because the referees missed the blatant travel at the end of the March 23 Vanderbilt game.
The athleticism and performance of Jeff Green’s under-pressure shot are undeniable. But after he picked up his dribble, he changed his pivot foot, pure and simple, before he went up for the shot. It is Basketball 101 that this is a travel. And it changed the outcome of the game. This was a blatant non-call at a crucial time.
Bad calls are part of sports. But it does not excuse lack of objectivity in reporting. Until Monday morning, I did not see one word about the (non-call) travel in The Post’s sports section. It should have had a prominent place in your coverage. Stan Hecht Jackie Chiles, the attorney on “Seinfeld,” responded when asked about Hecht’s complaint: “Traveling? Who said anything about traveling? Don’t take Stan’s calls anymore.”
Seriously, ESPN’s Jay Bilas directed viewers to Rule 4, Section 65, Article 4 (a): “After coming to a stop and establishing the pivot foot the pivot foot may be lifted, but not returned to the playing court, before the ball is released on a pass or try for goal.”
Move on, Stan.
With two years left on the contract for John Thompson III, Georgetown should renegotiate the salary for its coach. Georgetown should open its purse strings to ensure Thompson’s longtime stay at the school. Nelson Marans, Silver Spring I’m sure Georgetown will do right by Thompson.
I don’t understand why Nationals season ticket buyers are upset about getting their tickets this week. The buyers know the dates, so they don’t need the actual tickets to decide who in their group will get tickets in September. Even so, I really don’t understand why the Nats didn’t send out season tickets in February. The team knew its schedule last fall. Ray Schneider, Frostburg, Md. You present both sides of the issue, but there’s no reason the team couldn’t have had the tickets to buyers by Feb. 15 at the latest.