Changing face of basketball

04/08/2014 11:04 AM

04/09/2014 6:19 PM

Re "UConn stands alone," (Sports, April 8): At the University of Wisconsin in the early '50s, I occasionally watched Badger basketball. Distance and time diminished my loyalty, but when I saw that UW was in NCAA tournament, my interest perked up.

I enjoyed watching the Badgers win over Creighton, beat up on Baylor, advance by Arizona, only to agonize as a Kentucky quintet of one-and-outers sneaked by Wisconsin with five seconds to go. Wisconsin didn't have one-and-outers back in the '50s, and word has it, they still don't.

The distinction between a blocking foul and an offensive charge also seems to have changed over the years. Kentucky forwards made harder contact under the basket than 49er cornerbacks in the open field, and with impunity. The game seems meaner than it did 60 years ago. Maybe that's why I've come to prefer the gentle honesty of golf.

-- Rod Sime, Sacramento

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