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Further Review: Belichick looks to
Rex-cue Tebow

Column by Ken Cohen
June 14, 2013 — Some things on my mind:
I'm convinced Patriots head coach Bill Belichick signed Tim Tebow just to embarrass Jets' coach Rex Ryan. It's no secret Belichick is not a big fan of Ryan and really doesn't respect his coaching abilities. Belichick would love to show Ryan that he completely misused and miscoached Tebow when he was with the Jets last season. Belichick has plans for Tebow – and you can be sure he will be showcasing them when the Patriots play the Jets. I will not be surprised at all if Tebow shines with the Patriots, who will use him in some creative way that maximizes his skills. It will go down as another brilliant coaching move by Belichick.|
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Three completely different officiating crews called the first three games of the NBA Finals. If you think that doesn't make a difference, check these numbers out: In Game 1 with Monty McCutchen, Tony Brothers and Jason Philips, only 24 fouls were called – the fewest in NBA Finals history. That means, no players were in foul trouble and they didn't let LeBron James just run over people driving to the basket. That allowed San Antonio to relegate James to a passer and though he was effective in that role, he's not dominant.
In Game 2, 31 fouls were called by Joey Crawford, Ed Malloy and Ken Mauer and in Game 3 the crew of Danny Crawford, James Capers and Marc Davis whistled both teams for a combined 34 fouls. These are all considerably down from the regular season average of 45 fouls called per game. Sure you could say that these are two excellent defensive teams which are less likely to foul, but I say that David Stern gave orders to limit the foul calls so San Antonio can compete and stretch the series out.
My question is why do we need different officiating crews for each game? Wouldn't it be better to let the teams get used to one crew and play accordingly. I understand that by having different officials you eliminate the possibility of one referee or one crew with a certain bias/style dictating the outcome. But I'd rather see teams get into a rhythm with the same refs for each game and play more free-flowing.
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|You have to love watching San Antonio play. Whether they end up winning the series or not, they are proving that great teams can still win in the NBA. It doesn't happen often – most recently the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics – but every few years the efficiency of a well-orchestrated, synchronized unit can overcome the wizardry of the world's best player on the other team. The more I watch these Spurs they remind me of the 1977 Portland Trailblazers led by Bill Walton. What a team that was – I was only 14 at the time, but I have vivid memories of back door cuts, give and gos and phenomenal passing that led to layup after layup. I wish we could see more of it in the star-driven NBA.
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Is it really necessary to have track and field athletes compete in both a public and Federation (inclusive of private schools) championships at the state meet? Put everyone together one time and may the best athletes win. It will certainly make for a shorter day and more importantly allow competitors to gear up for one race instead of trying to pace themselves for two.
I'm not even a big fan of separating the public events into large school and small school. Does going to a larger school somehow make you run the 100 meter faster or jump longer?
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The U.S. Open started yesterday (weather permitting) and I have a feeling it's going to be similar to Olympia Fields when Jim Furyk won in non-descript fashion. I'm not sure who fits into that mold this year, but I'm looking at guys like Justin Rose, Bill Haas even Furyk again. I also like Sergio and Ernie Els. I'm sure Tiger will be there come Sunday, but I think Elin's "major" hex lives on.

Ken Cohen brings 30 years of publishing experience, many covering sports and working for sports companies, His column, “Further Review” will appear every Friday.

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