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Fragrant Fouls – Something Stinks

Below is a video of a Washington state high school basketball game which was recorded by a spectator to highlight complaints of poor officiating and uncalled flagrant fouls.  The person who recorded the video and posted it on several social media sites had intended for it to be used to make parents and school officials aware of the frequent uncalled and dangerous unsportsmanlike behavior which he felt was the result of poor officiating at these games.  

As with so many of these types of videos, it has gone viral and produced some strong emotions, much of it directed at the school and the two players who appear to be committing most of the fouls.  According to You Tube blurb, the videographer claims that was not his intent and has regretted the personal attacks directed at the players, team and school.

The accompanying story is included for more detail and worth a read.  Personally, I’ve never thought it was a good sign when a coach defends a player’s behavior by claiming how much the coach’s young child loves him.  I have a feeling that if  the coach’s kid was on the receiving end of those fouls, he might feel differently. 

Anyway, maybe now these players will clean up their on court behavior which would be a good thing.  Or maybe the NBA will draft them.



From Yahoo.com

Connell (Wash.) High’s Cole Vanderbilt was a relative unknown in the basketball world, but all that changed two days ago, when a viral YouTube video turned him into one of the most hated players in Washington.

As the Tri-City Herald reported, Vanderbilt turned into public enemy number one when Michael Christenson decided to film a game between Connell and Highland (Wash.) High to prove to parents at Highland that the basketball league needed better officials.

As it turns out, the clip did more than just spotlight an officiating problem; it also made seniors Cole Vanderbilt and teammate Kennan VanHollebeke look like the dirtiest players on the court.

Someone apparently didn’t appreciate the fouls — the fifth foul is definitely of the flagrant variety — because before anyone could blink, the video had gone viral, with one website proclaiming Vanderbilt to be “the dirtiest basketball player in America.”

While Christenson certainly proved his point with the video, what he didn’t expect was the outcry on YouTube from commenters who viewed the clip. The negative and sometimes hurtful responses to the fouls forced Vanderbilt’s coaches and family to go into damage-control mode.

“[Cole Vanderbilt] a tough kid, but those that know him know he’s a teddy bear,” Connell coach Oscar Garza told the Tri-City Herald. “My 7-year-old son loves him and lights up when he’s around. But on (YouTube) he’s the world’s meanest, ugliest kid. It’s not fair, but I just want him to know his teammates and coaches are behind him.”

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  1. Howdy Doo-Doo
    January 6th, 2012 at 10:10 | #1

    Does Cole Vanderbilt have any actual basketball skills? Or is he just a big, fat “enforcer”? He sure seems proud of himself. To Coach Garza: Your players — especially the ones you allow onto the court — are a reflection of your own character. And the reflection ain’t good.

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  2. Victor c
    January 6th, 2012 at 23:17 | #2

    What a couple of real creeps. The fat one is especially creepy. Here’s hoping for some instant Karma, dudes!

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  3. Boise Blue
    January 7th, 2012 at 00:20 | #3

    The line between hockey and basketball is blurriing. The coach is a big dumb teddy bear… all stuffing and no brains. The refs are intimidated by the coach and players … might be homers.

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  4. Thugz Rockefeller
    January 7th, 2012 at 00:39 | #4

    How long has Cole Vanderbilt been in high school? He looks like he’s 25. Coach Garza’s 7 year old is lucky he never played basketball against Cole. Is Garza blind or does he think that clotheslining is a legitimate form of blocking a shot.

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  5. Goran K
    January 7th, 2012 at 09:29 | #5

    Cole Vanderbilt should have been ejected immediately.

    He’s not playing basketball in these films, he’s just attempting to hurt people.

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  6. PennyThawtz
    January 7th, 2012 at 09:55 | #6

    It’s almost as if Cole has some sort of “Master Blaster” relationship with his coach.

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  7. WTH?
    January 7th, 2012 at 11:08 | #7

    Flagrant fouls should have been called, the player tossed from the game, and suspended for several games at least. Teddy bears don’t club people. That’s grizzly bears, coach (and I use the word “coach” very loosely). The refs were either ignorant, chicken waste or both.

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  8. Rob M
    January 7th, 2012 at 12:14 | #8

    Bring this guy down to Oz, we could use him as a full back!…

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  9. Anonymous
    January 9th, 2012 at 12:27 | #9

    Fat, no talent hillbilly.

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