9:50pm CST. Home
So as soon as the Marion guy grabbed the rebound over the back of Griffith's Quintero and put in the game winner... I ran to the car and drove home from the south side of Lafayette. It took me one hour and 37 minutes. Record time from the south side. Pissed off Griffith people were driving 90 the whole way. Me, a steady 75mph. I was passed repeatedly by cars and pickups bearing black and gold.
It's not how any of three or four of you wanted the last chapter to be written. Griffith was up by nine and then something happened. Momentum shifted. And there were several questionable calls, several by the referee from northwest Indiana. I've seen it before. The Region ref has to show everyone that he's not biased, so he over-compensates.
It's a sad day. Sad for Griffith, whose players gave their all despite being banged up from that horrific bus accident on Saturday. Sad for the IHSAA. I started out this morning listening to commissioner Bobby Cox tell me that the people of Griffith brought the legal fight on by going to court to get reinstated to play in last year's tournament. In other arenas, that's called "blaming the victim." I have lost a lot of respect for that fine institution of late. I'm not sure that respect is coming back any time soon.
Anyways, I made it back home safely. Alexis is still in Florida with my daughter, so instead of coming home to warm up spaghetti one more time, I stopped and ate at the bar at Giovanni's. Bartender Dave told me a story about owning a small distributorship in Hammond and then the big box stores moved in and that was it. He came to bartend at Gio's 15 years ago. April 1st will be his anniversary of starting there.
"It's funny how my life turned. I gave myself two years to work here before going back to distributing cleaning products, and I'm still here."
It's funny how my life turned. One day I'm standing in the pits of the Chicago Board of Trade, and 12 years later I'm writing a blog to the three or four of you about how disappointed I am that Griffith lost... and how disillusioned in general I am about Indiana high school basketball. I lost a little something when Bobby Cox this morning on my show blamed Griffith players and parents for bringing on the legal hailstorm themselves. Like a ton of bricks it hit me. Indiana high school basketball is not pure. It is not necessarily fair or beautiful or even entertaining to watch.
That sounds like a description of something. What is it?... not always pure or fair or beautiful or even entertaining. Life, that's what it is. Life is not always pure or fair or beautiful or even entertaining.
In the end, you'll have to judge for yourself if it was destined in the end for Griffith to lose. Watch the video above of the final 18 seconds. I didn't see it when I was filming, but the big Marion guy reaches pretty hard over the smaller Griffith guy. No call, and maybe there shouldn't be... at least according to the reasoning put forth by the IHSAA this morning on my show. You see, it's Anthony Quintero's fault. Sure the big galoonk from Marion might have fouled him.
But it's Quintero's fault for being shorter. Good night.