Basketball Without Rules

I have never been a basketball fan. College basketball is a game that I particularly dislike. The wild fanatics during March Madness drive me crazy. I could not care any less about it than I do. I can understand why the enrolled students of a school would be excited for their team. Beyond that, who cares? I have never understood why adults who never attended either college in the game have any care or concern about it whatsoever. If you didn’t go to that school, you have no horse in this race. Go find something else to cheer about.

Basketball coaches drive me nuts too. Most of the time when you see a football coach on the sidelines, he casually dressed, mumbling into a headset and looking at plays. Basketball coaches, on the other hand, dress up in suits and stand red-faced on the side of the court screaming the whole time. What are they screaming about? Who are they screaming to? No one can hear you! And besides, if your players don’t already know how to play basketball, they shouldn’t be on the team. Sit down and be quiet.

I have a scenario in mind that would make the game of basketball actually enjoyable to watch: There should be no rules. That’s right, NO RULES!

There are so many rules and specifications in the game that I can’t imagine it would be fun to play. Traveling, palming, double-dribbling, goaltending, backcourt violations, and more. It’s too restrictive. Fouls are called at the drop of a hat. All of the particulars turn the whole event into one big choreographed dance.

I want to watch a game where there are no rules at all. Players can do whatever they want, wherever they want. If this lawlessness results in the players beating the crap out of each other, or running down the court with a chainsaw, then so be it. Now I’m interested! That would be a game I could enjoy.

Author: Craig Tisinger


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  1. I am not a fan now, but I was years ago. Last night I watched the game between Duke and VT Tech with Ben. Believe it or not, I really enjoyed it very much. Good that Duke won, Ben is a big fan.

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