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WWF at the Sprint Center

Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:06 am
Edited on: March 20, 2009 12:56 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The last time I saw three Morgan State players, they were committing something close to vandalism late Thursday.  They were ripping down the NCAA's name plate placed outside their lockerrom, after a one-and-done loss to second-seeded Oklahoma.

One of them said, "Rip that bitch down. F--- them (n-words)."

Nice souvenir. Bad guys.

You will read and see more about Morgan State in the next couple of days. His name is Ameer Ali and he is one of the bad guys.

The Morgan State redshirt freshman was ejected in the second half after throwing Oklahoma's Blake Griffin onto his back in the second half of OU's first-round victory. It amazed me that Griffin got up and walked away. If that would have been me, I would have come up swinging.

Ali was on the wrong side of the state. The NCAA wrestling championships are over in St. Louis this weekend.

It's the latest physical attack on Griffin who has endured a few this season. Amazingly, Sooners coach Jeff Capel kept Griffin in the game. A few minutes later, Griffin went to the bench and stretched out on the floor seemingly the victim of back spasms. Griffin later told me he hurt his tailbone when he Ali threw him.

If this scrub Ali costs Griffin any playing time, it's going to be on his conscience. I haven't seen anything that blatant since the last Wrestlemania. And that was scripted.

Here are some choice quotes from the participants:

Griffin: "I don't know why people keep doing it. I don't want them to get the best of me. I don't know what individual game they're trying to play with me. The best thing to do is just walk away."

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel: "Those kind of things really upset me ... Maybe it was inadvertent. I hope it was. I didn't see it as it happened. I just saw him up in the air. It really upsets me because he gets hit like that throughout the whole the game and it's not called all the time ... It's just borderline ridiculous to be honest with you. For me it's scary and it pisses me off."

Ali: "It was nothing personal or intentional. I think it looked worse than what it was. It was a misunderstanding ... We just got locked up ... I'm not embarrassed. Whenver I'm in the game I'm in there to play hard."







Category: NCAAB

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2009 7:59 am

WWF at the Sprint Center

The bad was ok, but I believe most people were cheering for the way that the cheerleaders were dancing. 

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2009 11:06 pm

WWF at the Sprint Center

It is amazing how racism and stereotypes is still prevalent in this society.  We still have a long what to go.  Calling people "Thugs" 
based on fear and stupidity proves ignorance.  N
one of these people who are name calling knows nothing about Ali but they feel that have the right to put someone down.  I bet you most of these folks have far worst skeltons in their own home/closets. The going over the back of Griffin was NOT intentional.  Their arms got tangled up.  Basketball is a very PHYSICAL game...unlike golf.  Griffin banged Ali and Morgan players as he did against many opponents during the season.  People, get over it.  Griffin was not seriously injury and he did not take it personal.  BASKETBALL IS A PHYSICAL GAME...NOT A SISSY SPORT! 

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 5:53 pm

WWF at the Sprint Center

Morgan St. did have, by far, the best band in KC. Only time I've seen fans stand up and cheer for a pep band. They were REALLY good!



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 3:03 pm

WWF at the Sprint Center


I love it. You got time to write me an off-day story today? I'd love to go to the Irish bar across the street from the Sprint Center.



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 1:07 pm

WWF at the Sprint Center

Totally agree, Sportsbanker.  Bozeman put him in there to take out Griffin and everyone watching that game knew it.



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:24 pm

WWF at the Sprint Center

Why should anyone be surprised this coming from Morgan State.  Their coach should have received a life-time ban for his previous scandals.  Their players are street ballers used to playing hard, dirty when they feel like it, and without any discipline.  If they weren't playing basketball who knows what they'd be doing.



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:11 pm

W TF at the Sprint Center

 Dodd needs to change his title.  This title rocks!

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:52 am

WWF at the Sprint Center

  I Feel that Ms. ALI needs to apolagize to his school AND BE SUSPENDED FROM THERE PROGRAM FOR AT 1 yrs. and attend programs to help him or herself with the probems that it is dealing with for that time and put in at least 8 hrs. a week for some non-profit ors. !!!!!      
; Grow up !!!!

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 10:08 am

WWF at the Sprint Center

Until the NCAA officals take some action the games will continue to be the thugs rule. The officiating has been reduced to sucking instead of blowing the whistles and the stonger players not necessarily the most talented will continue to reek havoc on the hardwood. The NCAA is the only group that can put intergity back in the game of basketball.......would bet that won't happen! 

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 9:50 am

WWF at the Sprint Center

What is happening in college basketball is evident; the thugs are taking over the game and the NCAA is supporting it. The officiating allows hands on pushing, shoving and only the strong survive (not the most talented). The officiating in the NCAA is a wrestling match with baskets at each end. What a shame ...... this is not basketball it is basketbrawl! 

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