Enter the Warzone, charm school valedictorian.
-- KGPE-47 had the best angle of Friday's controversial ending between Bullard High and Westchester-Los Angeles, but even after watching the replay a dozen times it's tough to tell whether the ball had cleared the cylinder when Calvin Young tapped it with his fingertips.
But here's one thing you can say for certain: The official who made the call had a lousy view.
-- Tim Johnson was stationed behind the 3-point line, a poor place to judge a ball rolling off the front of the rim.
The official standing on the baseline had a better look, and he let it go.
-- We understand why Johnson would dash off the court, but he owed both coaches an explanation instead of leaving everyone to assume -- mistakenly, it turns out -- the basket was disallowed because time had expired rather than basket interference.
But, hey, it's only the state playoffs.
-- Westchester coach Ed Azzam said it best. You hardly ever get that call, and never on the road.
Except, it appears, when a referee from the South Valley officiates a game in Fresno.
-- The unfortunate saga of the Hanford girls basketball team, eliminated from postseason play by the loose tongue of coach Tom Parrish (now ex-coach), is just another example of why high school coaches should be educators first.
-- Did you catch the bench-clearing brawl between Mexico and Canada in the World Baseball Classic?
Never seen Canadians get so hostile -- outside of a hockey rink, of course.
-- Cheer up, American baseball fans.
The U.S. may not be the best baseball-playing nation on earth, but at least we're No. 1 in WAR.
-- Ki-Ki Moore, Fresno State's best women's basketball player, decides not to return next season because of pain and lingering injuries, and the announcement comes in the sixth paragraph of an otherwise standard news release.
That, folks, is what's known as burying the lede.
-- Wyoming students showed their lack of class this week by chanting "Alcoholic!" at Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy, he of the infamous sauced party pics.
But Arizona State students chanting "PLO!" at Steve Kerr after Kerr's father was assassinated in Lebanon will forever set the standard.
-- For no particular reason: Rekalin Sims
-- Less than one week after making nice with Dennis Rodman, North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un threatened to nuke the U.S.
So much for Tongue Stud Diplomacy.
-- Rob Gronkowski reportedly has been offered $3.75 million -- nearly seven times his 2012 base salary of $540,000 -- to shoot a porno scene.
Bill Belichick gives his blessing, just as long as Gronk wears a hoodie.
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