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I have never seen this happen before

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by pressboxer, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    For the first time in 20 years in this business, I covered a basketball game Monday night where the game ball literally disappeared without a trace.

    A player made a steal, went in for a jam and was fouled in the process, took exception to the foul and a little shoving and mouthing ensued. The shooter was given a technical for the extracurricular activity and it took the officials a few seconds to get it all straight (who had what; do we shoot the tech first or the free throws for the original foul?).

    They get things straightened out and prepare to shoot free throws, only there is no ball with which to shoot. Players and officials are looking under bleachers, around corners, down hallways, anywhere the ball may have gotten off to, but without success. After a couple more minutes, an assistant coach had to run back to the equipment room to get a suitable game ball (none from the rack used for warmups was deemed worthy).

    I have covered way too many baseball games where play had to be stopped while foul balls were rounded up. I have been at football (and soccer) games where a kick landed on the wrong side of a fence and had to be retrieved before action resumed.

    But how the hell do you lose a basketball in the middle of a freakin' gymnasium?
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Did they ever find it later?
  3. I Digress

    I Digress Guest

    Someone walked off with it when no one was looking, would be my guess.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I think you should go back and recreate the scene of the crime. Pretend you are a CSI guy and write a story about it.
  5. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Examine the game tape frame by frame like the Zapruder film.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

  7. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    I hope this was girls basketball.
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    They had multiple game balls (one primary ball and a couple of backups) at every game I ever covered. I think it was required by rule.
  9. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Yeah, because there are a lot of jam attempts in girls high-school basketball.
  10. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I suspect the pregnant lady.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Really? I was gonna go with the pregnant guy.
  12. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    Back and to the left.
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