As Far As Missed Calls Are Concerned, I Just Can't Get Upset About The South Carolina Travel That Wasn't
I don't want to sit here and act like I am not the kind of person that enjoys blasting collegiate officiating during the one time of year in which everyone is reminded how goddamn awful it tends to be. I will, however, say that I'm glad I'm not the kind of killjoy that would watch the particular play in question and immediately jump off their couch yelling "travel! travel! travel!".
Now, it definitely was a travel and I wouldn't have been incensed if they had called it that way, but at the time I was too busy wondering how Randy Moss and Dante Culpepper regained NCAA eligibility in time for the Elite 8. Referees should probably be able to spot a 5 step walk during the closing minute of a hard fought contest, but if they are going to miss one then I'm glad it was one that was a product of a guy collecting himself after making a Willie Mayes-esque one hand snag with a point guard turned defensive back closing in over his shoulder.
At risk of speaking for the person that sat underneath the peach basket and originally authored the rules of basketball, something tells me the spirit of the traveling violation wasn't to force streaking players to stop on a dime without taking an extra step or two. Duane Notice wasn't trying to waltz his way out of a precarious situation; He was just trying (and failing) to defy the law of physics. I, for one, am glad that blatant transgression went unchecked. Not only because it was a product of the type of momentum that has #7 seeded South Carolina and their absolute gem of head coach in the Final Four, but also because college kids do enough stupid shit with the game on the line to start whistling their unavoidable mistakes that aren't a result of sheer stupidity.