Talk­Back

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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.

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