It’s a point of emphasis EVERY year!
I have some major news to break. This news has never been, uh…broken (?) before. It will blow your mind and change the game forever. Well, here goes. The NCAA wants to crack down on palming violations.
Seriously, never has the NCAA said this. Not in 2005. Actually, this has been discussed among officials for nearly ten years. The rule really picked up steam when Allen Iverson was so dominant with his dribble-drives. Video proof.
(note: I was really going to bring this point home with links to articles from the last few years, but they all carried subscription requirements. Sorry, you’ll just have to believe me that they exist.)
Now, according to a few Rivals websites, the NCAA has again announced its intention to crackdown on palming, or carrying, the ball. If you watched college basketball last year, you would know that some of the most egregious violators of this rule played for the red-clad folks to the west. Terrence Williams and Edgar Sosa carried the ball CONSTANTLY. They also walk when they catch passes, but that’s neither here nor there. They didn’t get whistled for it too much, nor did any of the major palmers (Chris Douglas-Roberts, Derrick Rose, Darren Collison, everyone that handles the ball), but that should change this year. The NCAA said so!!!!!!
To me, it seems that no official really wants to be “that guy” making all the carrying calls. It’s been like they’re trying to ease the players into this rule, by calling it about once a game. And it’s not that I’m bothered by the rule; I’m just bothered by the constant squawking and inconsistencies that accompany this rule. I remember several times last season when someone would get called for the violation, than do the exact same move with no whistle. If you’re going to call it, call it each time it happens–not just in the first half or during a blow-out. Also, sometimes a palm is called when the refs are fooled by awesomeness. Evidence:
In closing, I’m giving all of you a homework assignment. Relax, it’s not due until November 30th. The assignment is as follows: watch every game in November, and count the times a carrying violation is called, followed by the announcer(s) saying, “well, that’s a point of emphasis this season.” It will be no less than 98% of the time.