Hog fans just can’t quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
They demand more education for basketball officials. The Senate approved the resolution. Ingram said he’d send it to the NCAA.
Sayeth SR 19:
ENCOURAGING BETTER EDUCATION OF NCAA BASKETBALL OFFICIALS.
WHEREAS, as the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team was the victim of a devastating and grievous loss in the NCAA Tournament that left fans trying to find the strength to carry on, children crying, grown men weeping, cows unable to produce milk, chickens ceasing to lay eggs, and lambs lying with lions; and
WHEREAS, the loss was directly aided and abetted by an official’s call, one so profoundly poor as to be sighted [sic] by media, fans, a member of the rock group The Archies, and other astute observers of the game as having cost our beloved Razorbacks a trip to the Sweet Sixteen; and
WHEREAS, the Razorback Nation has suffered heartbreak, pain, and a loss of consortium because of said loss; and
WHEREAS, to protect any school and fan from such highway robbery in the future, the NCAA Committee on Officiating, Refreshments, and Trinket Sales should make the video of the dastardly call mandatory viewing for any current or future NCAA basketball officials so that no other school should suffer and endure such a cruel and undeserved fate at the hands and whistle of a pinhead dressed in stripes,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
THAT the Senate encourages the NCAA to better educate basketball officials to spare other teams in the nation the fate given to the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team in the recent NCAA Tournament.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT upon adoption of this resolution, an appropriate copy shall be transmitted to the President of the NCAA by the Secretary of the Senate.
Following is film of one of the bitterly contested no-calls.
Just like they drew it up pic.twitter.com/hXHaoIjcNj
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