Fashion fopas can fuck you over...in sports.

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    Mar 23, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    This article was very upsetting for me cause I was on a HS Bball team, and we almost lost a game due to a tech foul of small proportions. I think it is kinda a dumb rule, but maybe you guys don't...so read, and tell me what pops into your heads.

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    Steve Brawner
    Special to Rivals High

    MORE: Team halts 19-year long losing streak | Michael Jordan's son wins state title
    Teams have lost basketball games at the charity stripe. They've lost because a referee wearing black and white stripes made a bad call.

    Losing partly because of a stripe on their uniforms is a little rarer.



    The black ring under the armpit was a violation of uniform policy.
    But that's what happened before the opening tipoff Friday at the Illinois 3A state semifinal basketball game in Peoria, where referees assessed a technical foul on North Lawndale College Prep because stripes on the sides of its uniform violated a National Federation of State High School Associations rule.

    Champaign Centennial's Jeff Johnson sank one of two free throws, giving the Chargers a 1-0 lead before the opening tip. Centennial also was awarded the ball to start the game. When the final buzzer had sounded, Centennial had won by one point, 66-65.

    The rule states that the torso of the jersey must be a solid color and that side stripes must center vertically below the armpit and be no more than four inches wide. North Lawndale's uniform featured black stripes that curled around the armpits into the torso.

    While the national federation makes the rules, state associations interpret them. Kurt Gibson, the Illinois High School Association assistant executive director over boys basketball, told the Chicago Tribune that he had warned North Lawndale that its uniforms were illegal during its previous day's shootaround at Carver Arena and on several occasions during the past two years.

    "They had ample warning," Gibson told the paper. "If they had to put together white uniforms of differing styles, that's fine - so long as they adhered to the uniform rule."

    Gibson told the Tribune he does not know how often the rule is enforced.

    North Lawndale coach Lewis Thorpe said Gibson had not mentioned the problem when he attended a Public League quarterfinal playoff game in February.

    "I can't understand why they didn't tell us before about the uniforms," he told the paper. "This is the most painful loss I've had since I've been coaching."

    Mary Struckhoff, NFSHSA national interpreter for basketball rules and rules editor, said the regulations have not changed in the 10 years she has worked for the association, and they exist for a reason: "Quick recognition, sanctity of the number."



    An example of the jersey rules from the NFHS.org website
    She said opponents, referees and scorekeepers must be able to identify a player quickly, often by using the number. Certain uniform designs could obscure it.

    "We have very specific guidelines, and once you say, well, four inches could really be five inches, then five inches could really be six, and what difference does it make?" Struckhoff said. "So, so to speak and pardon the pun, where do you draw the line? Four inches is four inches."

    The game was about more than one technical foul, of course. Despite starting the game in the hole, Lawndale was leading in the fourth quarter until Centennial's 21-point, fourth- quarter surge gave it the victory. Centennial defeated Oswego, 61-59, for the state championship Saturday.

    North Lawndale wore the same uniforms in its third-place game against Leo the next day and again was assessed a technical foul. As before, the team fell behind 1-0 before tipoff, but this time it won, 91-77.

    Thorpe said his team was wearing the same uniforms it had worn all year and wasn't trying to make a statement. Its alternate uniforms, which it had worn the previous year, also violated the rule.

    Struckhoff said the national federation began emphasizing uniform regulations two years ago at the behest of manufacturers, who said coaches were insisting on purchasing illegal uniforms because the rules were rarely enforced. A PDF file on the national federation's website clearly demonstrates uniform regulations.

    "This PDF is almost like 'Uniforms for Dummies,' " she said.

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    Mar 24, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    Faux pas
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    Mar 24, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    oh kiss my ass...I spelled it wrong so sue me...lol
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    Mar 24, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    Would "fopas" rhyme with "sofas"? lol
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    Mar 24, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    It made me think FUPA which not only confused me concerning the story but also made me barf.

    Les faux-pas sont des pas qu'on fait pas.
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    Mar 24, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    It's forks pass. Ignorant gits.

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    Mar 24, 2009 6:04 AM GMT
    TexanMan82 saidFaux pas

    His fopas was a faux pas. icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 24, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    don't you just love it when you stumble right out of the gate?
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    Mar 24, 2009 6:01 PM GMT
    Pinny saidIt made me think FUPA


    Ditto. Not pretty.

    Try again next time, OP! icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 24, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
    Well, a rule's a rule. It sucks, and is probably pretty petty, but it sucks. I guess if these people want to be upset at the refs and the regulations, they can waste their time doing it, but at the end of the day it sounds like the coaching staff has no one but themselves to blame.
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    Mar 25, 2009 5:36 AM GMT
    thank you hottoddy for sticking to the subject...ask for all of you other putas...you bitches can eat my faux penis...LMAO!
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    Mar 25, 2009 1:04 PM GMT
    Oh!

    Enforcing regulations only when it suits them sounds awfully familiar...
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    Mar 25, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    It's sucks that they've never been called on the uniform's striping in the past (other than what the article mentioned), but obviously they knew what they were doing.
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    Mar 25, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    Hey, anyone notice that he spelt Faux pas wrong?

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    Mar 25, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    seanp7 said
    Pinny saidIt made me think FUPA


    Ditto. Not pretty.
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    Ugh.
    Yet another mystery term I wish I hadn't plugged into Google....while eating dinner.
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    Apr 23, 2009 5:37 AM GMT
    LMAO!!!! I HATE YOU ALL!!!.....JK....LMAO! I am seriously think you all have made my day, even thought I sooooooooooooo look like a dumb ass here....whoops my bad!....lol
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    Apr 23, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
    oops another flub...I put think instead of thank...oh BOY!...lol!
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    Apr 23, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    And it's pronounced "Fox paws."

    It comes from when it was unfashionable to wear fox fur...and when it was fashionable to spell 'fox' with extra letters.
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    Apr 23, 2009 5:52 AM GMT
    Franko85 saidthank you hottoddy for sticking to the subject...ask for all of you other putas...you bitches can eat my faux penis...LMAO!


    Do you really want to broadcast that your penis is false? icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 5:56 AM GMT
    Staying on topic because you've already had an earful.. That really effin sucks..

    Not a nice way to loose. If i was on the team that won by default i'd still feel shitty for having won like that.
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    Apr 23, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    Some fox was pawing your penis?
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    May 05, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
    Uniform rules exist to create minimum standards for the quick identification of teams and players which is crucial for referees, stat keepers, and other officials who need to be concentrating on the action as it occurs. If you don't ensure uniforms meet these standards, you are going to increase the number of bad calls, wreak havoc on your stats crew, and increase the overall overhead in both time and cost that it takes for officials to make sure the game runs as it should. Officials should be making judgement calls only on the athletic event itself, not having to judge whether 3.75" is good enough for one set of uniforms because the colors are high contrast but 4.15" isn't good enough on another set of low-contrast uniforms. Well-written regulations on the non-athletic details give those officials the freedom to do focus on the action, and it gives the players a better shot at a clean high-level game.

    I am completely on the side of the officiating crew in this situation.