Posted on: January 25, 2009 3:17 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2009 3:38 pm

The demise of basketball

I used to love basketball.  I played for a great team and we ended up with some very nice trophies.  But it's been a lot of years since I've watched the sport.  I saw this video today and I was reminded of why I stopped watching.


When I was a player, I was once in a very similar situation.  An offensive foul wasn't involved, but there was a player down on the floor in front of me, and I had a considerable amount of momentum carrying me forward.  (And the other player was in a crouched position, not flat on the floor.)  But unlike Coleman, I kept my eyes focused on the other player, jumped over her and landed on the other side on one foot, never having touched her at all. 

About the offensive foul: as far as I'm concerend that was a questionable call. It doesn't matter. It does not excuse Coleman's behavior. 

I've been reading arguments saying that Coleman's 'stomp' was an accident, and that Coleman didn't see Budinger on the floor in front of him.  I don't buy it for a second.  Watch closely as Coleman raises his right foot higher than a normal step, indicating that he knew exactly where Budinger was, then, instead of lengthening his stride to clear Budinger, Coleman shortens his stride to ensure contact.  A careful analysis of Coleman's gait pattern is enough to demonstrate his intent.  It's also rather incriminating that Coleman would choose to look away from Budinger while stepping over him.  If Coleman had any intention of trying to miss his oppponent, he wouldn't have taken his eyes off Budinger for a second until he was safely on the other side.  I've been in that situation, and I know full well how NOT to step on someone else.

As far as I'm concerned, it was completely sickening to see video of Coleman's teammates smiling and practically celebratory, as if he's done something worthy of praise.  It's guys like Coleman, who are apparently lacking any sportmanship or integrity whatsoever, that make the sport not worth watching anymore.

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