Back in June, John Calipari’s son Brad, announced that he would be leaving Lexington Christian Academy (not to be confused with Lexington Catholic) to attend prep school. Brad was “reclassified” to the class of 2016 and is attending something called the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts. I guess these days, you can just pick what grade you want to be in and go to high school wherever you like, as long as it helps your basketball career.
A few nights ago Brad made some threes.
The “cocking the shotgun” and three goggles are all the rage in the bluegrass these days. Brad is copying the “shotgun” from Devin Booker, who is copying the Golden State Warriors. I chuckle as I ponder who the first writer would be to criticize a University of Cincinnati player or a University of Louisville player for pretending to cock a gun during a game. I can read the article now without it ever being written: “In a day and age when school shootings and gun violence…”.
I don’t have a problem with celebrations but the NCAA does. Acts that can get you a 15 yard penalty in football include these:
No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited to:
(a) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.
(b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.
(c) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.
(d) Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).
(e) An unopposed ball carrier obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent’s goal line or diving into the end zone.
(f) A player removing his helmet after the ball is dead and before he is in the team area (Exceptions: Team, media or injury timeouts; equipment adjustment; through play; between periods; and during a measurement for a first down).
(g) Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player.
(h) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.
(i) Intentionally removing the helmet while the ball is alive.
There seems to be quite the double standard. Back in October, officials basically took away a win from the Oregon Ducks when they penalized the Ducks for an excessive celebration after a key sack against Arizona. That excessive celebration involved a bow. Also, Ole Miss was warned by an official during the game to stop doing their stupid “Land Shark” celebration. I don’t think the NCAA will ignore the “shotgun” much longer. How can they? To be honest, I’m surprised that Cal hasn’t put the kibosh on the celebrations.