February 22, 2010
Is it just me, or have the refs been letting play be consistently rougher this year in the ACC? I've been watching ACC basketball since 1963 and I can't ever remember the play being as physical as it's been this year. Not only under and around the basket, which you expect, but out front as well. It's gotten to the point that it has diminished the enjoyment of watching games. Sheer magnitude of strength is, or has, replacing the grace and speed and beauty that's defined the game. That may be what the ACC wants, since the league isn't the premiere league in the nation any more, at least not in many pundits' opinions. And in order to win the national tournament, you have to play physical. But I swear it's beginning to look like a rugby scrum at times than basketball. Maybe, with so many gigantic bodies out there, it's time to consider enlarging the court a little to loosen up defenses. Oh, the heresy!