I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
It looks like the NCAA is making some changes to the men’s and women’s basketball rulebook, and they look to be for the better. The first change change allows the refs to use video reviews to determine shot clock violations and possession in the last two minutes of overtime. I know video reviews slow down the game but I’d rather see the refs have every chance to get the call right in critical situations. Officials can also use replays and will have a bit more leeway when determining what foul to call when a player’s elbow makes contact with another’s head. It ends a more restrictive interpretation of the rule that seemed to treat all such contact as intentional. The officials on the floor, even for all their flaws, can be trusted to make the call on their own. Another change only affects the women’s game, but it’s a big one. They’ve instituted a 10-second backcourt rule. One of the most surprising things I learned when I started watching the women’s game was that there was no limit to how long the ball could be in the backcourt. That never made any sense to me since the rule’s intent is to make the game move a big faster, which makes for a better contest. Finally, the big one. The block/charge call has been reinterpreted to favor the offensive player. That will likely mean fewer charges. If the new rule had been in effect when ISU lost to Ohio State in the NCAA tournament, the Cyclones probably would have won that game. Maybe. Better late than never, I guess.