Between the legalization of the dunk shot and the proliferation of college basketball on television, aren't you about sick of seeing the new breed of athlete slam the ball through the basket from above? Aren't you about ready to tell 'em to stuff it?
Coach John Weinert of Bowling Green is.
His Falcons of the Mid-American Conference have proven out his preseason observation, "The dunk will be exciting to the fans, but it won't win games. In fact, it may lose some games for some teams."
Against Ohio University, Weinert laments, 6-foot-3 guard raced for the hoop on a fast break, tried to dunk it - and missed. Next game, versus Eastern Michigan, BG's 6-4 swingman went for the dunk off the break - and ble it. Final scores: Ohio U. 69, Bowling Green 68; Eastern Michigan 70, Bowling Green 69.
That's all, declares Weinert; it may be O.K. by the NCAA but for BeeGee players, the dunk is banned again.
The coach said, "It's the home run of basketball, but when you have a guy on third and can get him home on a uunt why swing for the fence and pop up?"
This corner amends that when home runs become cheap, a good idea is to move back the fences. In basketball, it might be time to elevate the baskets from 10 feet to 11. Everybody knows today's players are bigger, faster and springier than those for generations past. Give 'em a tougher target . . . An 11-foot slam dunk - that would put the novelty and the awe back into it . . .