Today’s read doesn’t involve politics or the culture wars. It’s a rare sports installment for this segment.
In men’s and women’s professional and college basketball there is a shot clock. Teams have to attempt a shot within a certain amount of time or lose possession of the ball.
The concept was designed to prevent games from turning dull and being played at a snail’s pace with one team opening up a lead and freezing the ball until time ran out.
In the above photo taken during the final minutes of the 2015 national semifinal between Wisconsin and undefeated Kentucky Badger Nigel Hayes scored off his own putback clearly after the shot clock hit zero, tying the game 60-60. Kentucky never recovered and lost.
Wisconsin high schools don’t use the shot clock, but came close to approving the change last year.
This article that appeared in many newspapers around the state recently is an excellent summary of where the current debate stands.