Don't you get tired of players who hack an opponent and become incredulous when they're called for a foul? Players do it so regularly that if I were an official, and a player went so far as to acknowledge a foul, I might revoke my call.
Why wouldn't players be offended? Their coaches often are. With 47 seconds remaining Saturday, North Carolina's Ed Davis fouled Florida State guard Toney Douglas. It was as easy a call as an official will ever make. Davis tripped him.
Yet North Carolina coach Roy Williams couldn't believe the call. He was flabbergasted. He was hurt. Life no longer was fair. What did these officials have against his team?
I'm neither pro North Carolina nor anti North Carolina. I walked into Time Warner Cable Arena Saturday and a group of people, some of them writers, some of them Charlotte Bobcats employees, were talking about the non-call at the end of Friday's North Carolina-Virginia Tech game.
I've looked at that play five times now, and I did not see a foul. The beauty of sports is that you see what you want to see. If, however, you believe that officials, the media and the world are always out to get your team, and therefore you, seek professional help.
Players and coaches, meanwhile, would be better served if they saved their indignant responses for the marginal, questionable and flat-out mistaken calls. Like fans, some believe that officials are out to get them.
But I don't think Roy can make that case. I have never heard the phrase, "Florida State refs." I have, however, heard the phrase, "Carolina refs." and I don't think the Carolina they were talking about was South or East, Western or Coastal.
I also don't think the last words of the officials before they left their locker room at the Georgia Dome Saturday was, "We can't let those Seminole fans don't intimidate us."