This morning Perry mused out loud, when the last time rules were changed due to the expertise of the players. I can think of three occurrences in recent memory.
The first was back in the 1970's when major league baseball lowered the pitcher's mound. If my memory serves me, the AL had only one player hit above .300 that year (Carl Yazstremski???). In reaction to the dominance of the pitchers, the mound was lowered.
The next rule change I would call the "Alcindor Rule." When Lew Alcindor went off to UCLA, the NCAA was so fearful of his dominance in the low post, they banned the dunk. Of course, Alcindor still dominated and eventually this silly rule was done away with.
The only other occasion in my recollection were the rules changes enacted because of another dominant center - Wilt Chamberlain. I know of three separate rules changes that came about because of his abilities. The first was crossing the free throw line. Chamberlain was able to start at the back of the free throw circle, take a few steps and dunk the free throw. The rule was changed so that he could no longer do this. The rule was changed to "a player could not cross the free throw line until the ball hit either the rim or the backboard." Today I think the rule is once the ball leaves the shooter's hand.
The second and third rule changes were to the configuration of the court. The lane used to look like a "key" when basketball originated. Because Wilt was so dominant down low, they widened the lane to get him further form the basket. That configuration is still in place today.
The third change was to the blocks on the free throw lane. Those originally were two inches wide at all locations. Chamberlain would just reach over the inside man and either tip in the missed free throw or get the rebound. The NBA widened the lowest block to, I think, 9 inches wide to put some space between him and the inside man. Again, this change is still in place today.
Now as an aside, the sculptor that did the 4 presidents on Mount Rushmore also did a sculpture of Crazy Horse. The Crazy Horse sculpture towers over Mount Rushmore is size. A few weeks ago Lebron James made his "Mount Rushmore" statement and all the pundits were busying themselves listing their 4 NBA ballplayers to put on Mount Rushmore. It makes for great radio to discuss/argue who the four players should be on the Mount Rushmore of the NBA. Personally, there is only one player worthy of taking the place of the Crazy Horse sculpture and that is Wilt Chamberlain.
Nobody holds as many individual records in one sport as does Chamberlain does in his. The record for the most rebounds in a single game is 56 and, by the way, he did it against the Celtics and somebody named Russell. Lebron James a few days ago scored 61 points and this was the lead story all over the media. Chamberlain averaged 50.1 for a season. Think about it for a moment. For every 40 point game he had that season, he had to score 60 just to keep his average.
Chamberlain has a record that will never be broken. In one season, he averaged 48.5 minutes played per game. A regulation game is 48 minutes long. This means he had to play every minute of every game and the overtimes as well. The "level of competition" argument goes out the window on this record. Today's players get hurt in warmups. When Chamberlain played, there were no charter flights and no luxury motor-coaches. Chamberlain lived in Manhattan when he played for Philly. He commuted back and forth for every home game and practice. In fact, on the night he scored 100 points against the Knicks, he hitched a ride back to NY with some of the Knicks players. I would've have given anything to be in the car to hear him dog those guys.
Traveling back then had to take a toll on the body. Even with that, he showed up each and every night and played the game - the entire game. Russell's accomplishments were team oriented. If Russell played in Philly and Chamberlain in Boston, we would have never hear of him.
George D. Krall
Why all the uproar about placating to the students at college football games? Their tickets are a dollar or something. If you don't want to go, sell your tickets to contributors and alumni who have money and will pay real money to go to the games and are waiting to get a shot at season tickets and will pay the contribution to the university and go get drunk with your iPhones... Piping in music etc. Ridiculous.
Hey Front Row, RUDE Version 2.0,
Ya'll know Snelling had the best blocking stats out of any non OL position on Falcons O? I thought the objective was to 'PROTECT RYAN". Better make up for loss of Snelling.
How is Jackson's blocking stats with those bad knees? Jacquizz a good blocker?
Need a BLOCKING BACK!
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Dude, OVER Tom Joyner & Frank Ski???? That's the nicest thing anybody has EVER said to me (including my mom)!