Posted On: 03/12/17 2:00 PM

You’ve heard people say it—that the officials shouldn’t decide the outcome of a game. People say it all the time. Officials shouldn’t decide the game. Let the kids decide the game. What this means is that officials shouldn’t blow their whistles in the final minute—or whatever—of a game, especially not a post-season game. An official shouldn’t call a foul late in a big game. The winning points should never come from the FT line. They should come on a FG. And, the officials should see to it that it happens that way.

And, what it happens is that under the guise of “the officials shouldn’t decide the game,” THE OFFICIALS DECIDE THE GAME!

And we’re not talking ticky-tack fouls anymore. We’ve now come to the point where flagrant fouls are tolerated. This is wrong. This is unethical. It is unsportsmanlike. It is unfair, it is unjust. Not to mention, it is gutless. I ain't buyin.'

Exhibit A

DeLaSalle and Mahtomedi were tied at 39 in a Section 4AAA semi-final last Saturday (March 4) at St. Paul Washington. The players were going about their business of trying to decide the game without official interference when DeLaSalle missed a shot and Mahtomedi

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