There are a couple things you need to know about me. First, I think Tony Greene is an abomination to the game of basketball. When I watch a game that he happens to be officiating (which happens altogether too often), I am surprised each time he makes a call that I agree with. He also has the unique skill of being able to have fans of both teams in one his games violently angry with him after a game.
The second thing you need to know is that I absolutely love hilariously long URL’s. One of my favorite web sites in the history of the internet is heylarryhughespleasestoptakingsomanybadshots.com. The website was started by Cleveland Cavalier fans who had to deal with Larry Hughes’ infamous propensity to throw up terrible, terrible shots and make them very infrequently.
Based on those two pieces of information, it should come to no surprise whatsoever that I was elated to discover a website called istonygreeneonthetake.com. I don’t know who’s responsible for this, but they devote a great deal of time meticulously breaking down games called by Tony Greene in an effort to show that his horrendous refereeing can be explained by nothing other than his own financial gain thanks to said poor officiating.
I discovered it because UK fans have been passing the link around after the site did a long entry on Greene’s officiating in this past weekend’s Kentucky-Tennessee game. The entire article is interesting, but here’s part of the intro:
Kentucky was a slight 2 1/2 point favorite at Tennessee, so Tony Greene, working with Mike Kitts and Doug Sirmons, made sure that the early Kentucky 4-0 lead didn’t expand. With the obvious help of the officials’ calls, both making questionable calls against Kentucky and eschewing obvious foul calls against Tennessee, the Volunteers were able to run off 18 straight points against the #2 team in the nation and build a 14-point lead.
I’m not typically one to target officiating as a reason for a loss, but I’d be lying if I told you I don’t cringe every time I find out Tony Greene is officiating a ‘Cats game.
Perhaps the only positive thing about Tony Greene’s awfulness is the way that he brings UK and UofL fans together. Unfortunately, there are few things that ‘Cats and Cards fans can get togther on, but hatred of Tony Greene is certainly one of them. Our UofL contributor Miller can attest to this.