Saturday quick hits – Weekend Tirade

Published 11:47 pm Friday, February 3, 2012

Most of you that follow the Sun Belt or even watch ESPN on a regular basis are aware of the UL Lafayette-Western Kentucky game in which the Ragin’ Cajuns (who come to Troy tonight) won the game in overtime with six men on the court on Jan. 5. The officials made a mistake in that game that just can not be made at the Division I level.

This week Denver lost a game in overtime to UL Lafayette on the road and apparently the Denver radio announcer did not like the manner in which it ended. With the game tied at 71-71, Denver was called for a foul with .04 seconds left.

Here is a link to the bashing that followed. My favorite part is at the 7:15 mark where he says he glad Denver never has to come back and get screwed.

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I didn’t see the call in the Denver game so I can’t really form an opinion but I do know Troy didn’t seem to get a fair shake at South Alabama last week when the Jaguars shot 21 free throws in the first half and Troy attempted ZERO. That blows my mind!

That go me thinking about a few other outbursts caught on tape.

How about this one from the FAU-Arkansas State football game in 2010 (I think)? “WHERE IS WRIGHT WATERS?”

That would warrant a #classic hashtag on Twitter.

Another great doesn’t necessarily relate to the Sun Belt. This one is a local television guy (obviously a fan more than an announcer) who can’t believe a backwards pass that should have called a fumble was ruled an incomplete pass. “NUTS AND BOLTS, WE GOT SCREWED!”

And on a national level, here is ESPN’s Top 10 list of announcers going nuts.



I found a neat tidbit relating to the Trojans in the Super Bowl. Wikipedia credited the Daily Record with uncovering that Osi Umenyiora (London, England) and Lawrence Tynes (Greenock, Scotland) are two of only three British-born players to win a Super Bowl. The other, Scott McCready, was on the New England Patriots practice squad in 2001.


The Messenger’s photographer, Thomas Graning, was listed in a blog post. Eye on College Basketball blog included one of his pictures as one of January’s best. Here is the link to the blog. His picture is 13th down. It is of Justin Wright nailing a three-pointer in the game against Louisiana-Monroe in which the Trojans hit 11 consecutive three-pointers to tie an NCAA record.