NO to Bad Officiating

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I am no expert; I am a fan and here are my thoughts on Game 1 of UAAP 75’s Senior Men’s Basketball Tournament


I was very lucky to have gotten a ticket to this game. It was the epitome of what we Filipinos like to call chamba. Just a day before game day, I open Facebook and the first thing I see is a shout out to those who want an Ateneo-UST championship game ticket. No catch, no added cost to the ticket, no strings attached. I immediately grabbed the opportunity and within about an hour or two, the ticket was mine. Game day was also my sister’s birthday and she was watching, too. I knew it was going to be a treat for any basketball fanatic, let alone a fan of local basketball.

I was not disappointed as I witnessed a championship game that was surely one for the books. It was a truly amazing game; it was evidence that indeed, basketball is a game of runs. To the people I talked to after the game (some via text) that was how I described the game: “game of runs, bro”.

The first Ateneo fast break that lead to a Nico Salva and one, Buenafe’s block, Buenafe’s four point play, Mariano’s hot hands, Abdul’s dunk, Teng’s pair of triples that cut the lead significantly, Salva’s monster 30 point game, Ravena’s dagger, both crowds, and of course the sore throat I have right not from all the cheering.

It was an amazing, amazing game. However, what ruined it for me was seeing that (for both sides) when one team wins, the other team says the game was fixed, in one way or another. I was on the Ateneo side and all throughout the first half a lot of fellow Eagle fans were shouting “luto! luto!” because the first half was not going well for Ateneo. UST ended the first half with a 7 point lead, 38-31. But in the second half when things got going for Ateneo, everyone was cheering and everyone was happy. But STILL, EVERYTIME UST made a run or a “bad” call was made, the shouts of “luto! luto!” always came back. Those were the moments I wished I had just watched at home but I was pretty sure that the same was coming from the UST side when vice versa happened.

It all boils down to the simple, unanswerable question: what is a bad call? In order to answer this question, I have come up with a few guide questions whose goals are to slowly answer the above-mentioned question.

1. Who makes the calls?

2. What are the rules of basketball?

3. Who are supposed to implement the rules of basketball?

4. Who should know these rules best?

5. Who is the audience and what right do they have to judge the call made?
I do not know, I say ignore the referee’s calls or better yet, take them for what they are and let us all enjoy a nice, entertaining, competitive, fun-filled UAAP Senior Men’s Basketball Final between the #1 and #2 teams of UAAP 75!



4 Responses to “NO to Bad Officiating”

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  2. Bad calls are part of the game. It happens in the most professional and competitive environments. Sometimes it really hurts bad but that, as they say, is part of the game. It’s not always fair, it’s not always just. This is not to say that we take it all in stride but when bad calls do happen and the outcome is irreversible, which is usually the case in sports, we move on. Like in real life.

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