Re: Turnover, turnover, turnover!
Lukas Kahwe Smith <mls@...
2011-09-02 14:57:11 GMT
On Sep 2, 2011, at 16:05 , Tom White wrote:
> wow - a pretty basic rule not to understand.
> I think it's fair enough that someone might not know the correct outcome to a complex/uncommon scenario*
but this is not one - it's a fumble (albeit caused by falling over).
> For a player of at least 4 years experience in a top team to not know the basics is pretty much inexcusable.
after having watched the video a couple of times, i must come to the same conclusion. i cannot imagine anyone
not realizing that this was a fumble unless they have been trained to not self referee themselves. aka
either the player cheated or was trained to not even think about rules if it isnt to their advantage in the
given situation. in either case i think its a major issue.
but what i am wondering more is how apparently really none of the GB players noticed anything. if i see things
right on the video then the play was even close to the line to the point where it might have been an out of
bounds catch even if it wouldnt have been fumbled. i guess the GB players would be the best to be able to
comment if they feel like events were intentionally covered up.
at any rate for me this isnt about if we need to add observers or post video analysis of all (or only "major"
games) since the actions were very clear to the audience. what is at debate here is why such a high level
player was unable to follow basic rules. i fear its not the fault of a single player but more a general
mentality of using the rules like lawyers and not along their "spirit". this comment is based on other
reports i have heard from this particular final as well as other games in the open division at the last europeans.
Lukas Kahwe Smith