Either Bad Calls or No-Calls

17 08 2007

In the past few weeks, I have been watching almost all the games of the UAAP. Aside from the many issues that I have posted in the past, I am quite alarmed at the terrible officiating that the UAAP is experiencing.

Before anything else, let me just make it clear that I do not believe that the bad officiating is directed against any one team. It is actually present in many of the games involving all the teams.

At one time or another, all the coaches have been warned of their outbursts caused by terrible calls by the referees. I honestly feel that it is an issue of incompetence that is plaguing the referees of the UAAP.

In yesterday’s UE-Ateneo game alone, there were many calls as well as non-calls that were questionable on both sides. In fact there were 2 identical incidents where each team had a fast break and the defensive player accidentally tripped the offensive player and the ball going out of bounds. Both times, the call was travelling against the offensive player.

I remember in the first round game of UST-La Salle, Pido Jarencio was furious at the referees and he had every reason to be. In their 2nd round match, the refs were again horrendous but this time against both teams. Both Pido and Franz could be seen looking in disbelief as the refs were fumbling one call after another.

My question is, doesn’t the UAAP Commissioner see what is very obvious? Again, I reiterate that I am not saying that the referees are favoring or going against specific teams. They are just not up to the standards that are needed to officiate UAAP games. Though they cannot be 100% accurate in their calls, they however have to be competent enough to call the game as it should be.

I also believe that all the coaches should unite in demanding for better officiating. It is unfair to the coaches and to their players to have all the hard work and long hours that they put in practice to be negated by bad officiating.

The UAAP Commissioner and his technical committee have to evaluate every referee after every game and sanctions should be given to those who do not do their jobs. It is only fair that the third party on the court needs to be as closely watched as the two teams playing. The referees officiate the games; the technical committee has to oversee the officiating.

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24 responses

18 08 2007
The Dont Mind

SBP should muscle its way in.

18 08 2007
stewie

kasi itong uaap commissioner ang palakad sa uaap parang liga ng isang barangay. ang mga desisyon sa toss coin lang.

sayang lang ang ipinase-sweldo sa kanya.

19 08 2007
Tatuya Kimura

How’s the status of Borboran? Dapat iniinvestigate na sya. Di ba overage sya?

19 08 2007
nice,,

kMztah dug0ng TIGRE?!!!! ganda ng LaBAn n0h?!!
9-0..6-4 pareH..

19 08 2007
nice,,

Bkit kPg nanal0 amg 1 teaM.. keLangan huManaP ng butas pRa mataKpan ang pagkatal) ng kalaBan nyaH??!!

F u can give d Bedzt answer.. saMbahin ktaH,, banaL k pareHH.. dB LEiGH??????

19 08 2007
nice,,

Bkit kPg nanal0 ang 1 teaM.. keLangan huManaP ng butas pRa mataKpan ang pagkatal0 ng kalaBan nyaH??!!

F u can give d Bezt answer.. saMbahin ktaH,, banaL k pareHH.. dB LEiGH??????

19 08 2007
nice,,

k0reksy0.. 5-4 TIGRE>>
may ngrerekLam0 kz..
HAHA!! may b0nus point??
pxncia sa ngrekLAm0 ha?/!!

19 08 2007
nice,,

k0reksy0n.. 5-4 TIGRE>>
may ngrerekLam0 kz..
HAHA!! may b0nus point??
pxncia sa ngrekLAm0 ha?/!!

19 08 2007
LEIGH

Oo nga. Tanggapin nalang kung sino ang nananalo. Hindi yung gusto niyo lang manalo yung team niyo, siyempre MAS gusto namin.
Tama na ang siraan. Wala kayong makakamit diyan.

Anyway, 9-0 na!

Congrats to the team!
Good job din sa UST kanina,
Maganda ang laban.

RESPECT!

19 08 2007
The Green Mind

“Before anything else, let me just make it clear that I do not believe that the bad officiating is directed against any one team. It is actually present in many of the games involving all the teams”. Thats how i started my sritcle.

Now if you guys want to question my points then go right ahead but please do not question my motives.

I was at the games today with my colleagues on this site, Mike Abasolo and Josef Ramos. What we all saw was officiatiing at its worst.

19 08 2007
Tatuya Kimura

What happened in the game against FEU was an almost deja vu. We are ahead by 15 and suddenly it became 6. What’s the problem here… It looks like no one rises up as the leader here or just a matter of complacency happening… It’s not the fault of the coach here.. It’s the players… No one’s taking charge… Where’s Rico this past few weeks? TY is slumping… Bader is having too many ill advised shots… It seems like we are getting beaten also with the trap that we are executing. FEU used it against us in stretches and it was effective… It’s like we are getting a dose of our own medicine….

Up next for DLSU is UP and Adamson.. Must win for DLSU because if the team wins, we are at least guaranteed of a tie in the final four with 8 wins…

Likewise, if La Salle wins, they will have their morale boosted before facing arch rival ADMU (i believe la salle will beat ADMU in the rematch)…

ANIMO La Salle!!!!

19 08 2007
Tatuya Kimura

I think UE will have a loss before 2nd round ends.. I think it would be against La Salle.

20 08 2007
LEIGH

We believe in our team. Pero kapag natalo nga DLSU.. it’s OK. Napakita na ng Warriors kung sino sila.

20 08 2007
stewie

UE is a tough team to beat but I hope La Salle win this time. Let us see. I think when they meet again, it will be a very exciting event.

20 08 2007
LEIGH

Tama. Let’s see nalang.

TIRA UE!

20 08 2007
GenoM

Question,

If the officiating is so bad, why is it that it is only rampant in the UAAP but not in the NCAA? Aren’t They are using the same set of referees?

Also, the commisioner’s job is not that simple. What do you want him to do? Suspend all referees without investigation? Would you guys do a better job? Cut the guy some slack.

21 08 2007
stewie

i think what is being pointed out is the officiating within the UAAP. what is going on in the NCAA is not a concern at the moment. that is a separate topic.

the commissioner should do what he is supposed to do to correct the situation. nobody is saying he should outrightly suspend all referees.

and why pass the buck to us? we’re not the commissioner.

“cut the guy some slack”… sure. there are still plenty of games to go and at least he makes sure things go well this time.

21 08 2007
Alfa

pag nag 14-0 daw UE wlang F4… bale w8ting na daw UE sa finals…so cno ang makakalaban ng UE? un nxt ba sa ranking or magkakaron ng?

dahil d2 ang sigaw ng LAHAT ng TEAM

BEAT UE!!!

PERO ANG SIGAW @!!!!!

GO FIGHT RED & WHITE

21 08 2007
The Green Mind

GenoM,
It is the person but the position of Commissioner that is being questioned. The fatc that the Commissioner is replaced every year and that he is not independent of the board, makes the position very shaky. What is being suggested is for the Commissioner to be given the powers needed to starighten out the many things plaguing the UAAP.

21 08 2007
GenoM

Thanks for the insights Tony! Much appreciated.

22 08 2007
stewie

Remember the recent referee scandal in the NBA. Commish David Stern’s reputation is under scrutiny for not “listening” to the player’s complaints on outrageous calls and instead increased the penalty on such. He did a good job as NBA commissioner but for this incident his job is now in jeopardy.

In the UAAP, Cordero will only be commissioner this year. He is independent of the board. That’s why he has the power to investigate any wrongdoings without any permission from the board. If properly done, and proof shown, the board only hands in the verdict. His main job is to see to it that the UAAP rules and regulations are followed. That is not the board’s job.

22 08 2007
stewie

some corrections:
the commissioner is independent from the board in a certain way. it is not absolute.
the board has the final say and may overrule the commissioner. but the commissioner has enough powers to start the ball rolling.

cheers!

22 08 2007
The Green Mind

Stewie,

How can there be objectivity from the Commissioner when his position is co-terminus with the host. The Commissioner should be independent of the board. The model of the PBA is what the UAAP should be looking into. Right now, the Commissioner’s main task is running the day to day activities of the league.

23 08 2007
stewie

Green Mind,

You’re correct and that’s what I was really driving at. Not only should the UAAP Commissioner runs the day-to-day activities of the league, but his actions should not really be subservient to the board.

But still (at least for me), even if his term is only for this year, the host UST and the commissioner should not only exercise fairness but also prudence.

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