Talking Points: USA keeps Canada and Mexico apart
Monday, March 11, 2013
The violent misdeeds of the Mexican and Canadian baseball teams will go unpunished.
The World Baseball Classic decided no players will be suspended in the aftermath of Saturday's nasty brawl between the teams. Video of the fighting spread across the globe, giving the WBC a major league dose of unwanted attention.
Organizers said Sunday that while the mayhem "runs counter to the spirit of sportsmanship and respectful competition," suspensions would not be appropriate because one team and possibly both will not advance to the second round.
Talking Points would like to thank Team USA to make sure the clash between Mexico and Canada didn't blow up into an international incident.
With the 2013 NCAA tournament starting in less than two weeks there is time to step back and look at two incredible seasons.
ESPN Films' latest installment in its 30 for 30 series is "Survive and Advance," a look at Jim Valvano and North Carolina State's incredible 1982-83 season that culminated with the most shocking NCAA championship ever. The film debuted Sunday night and it conveys the sense of the team's motto -- "Survive and Advance."
On Monday night, CBS Sports Network debuts ""The Miracles: The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks," a film of the 1987-88 season when there was very little talk of a national championship under coach Larry Brown.
And not to be overlooked is the short subject "Deep tournament runs by the Oregon State Beavers."
A fan made a half-court shot before the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final, but missed a $50,000 jackpot because he forgot to hit a 3-pointer first.
Alex Pertmann of Maryland Heights, Mo., made a layup on his first try and free throw on his second effort, then scampered to mid-court, where he hit nothing but net with a couple of seconds left on a 24-second clock Sunday. After being informed of the error, and with no time remaining, Pertmann went back to the 3-point line and missed a couple of attempts.
As a consolation prize, the Valley gave the 22-year-old Pertmann four tickets to the conference tournament for life.