Critical Basketball Theory

Modern basketball games are governed by the clock.

When that final horn sounds, the game is over and whichever team has the most points is the winner – the other one loses. If it is tied, they go back to the clock, an overtime period is played and again, when the time runs out there is a winner declared or they do it again until somebody wins.

Let us say there are two teams, both subject to the same rules, but one is better than the other and when the clock expires, Team A is ahead by 30 points. Team B complains to the referees the only reason Team A was ahead at the end of the game was because 1) there were unseen fouls that players from Team A committed the referees did not call, and 2) some fouls were called on Team B because the refs did not like some of the players. Team B obviously was held back from being truly competitive due to those unseen, uncalled fouls.

So, the refs confer and come up with a plan to remedy the obviously unfair deficit, let us call it Critical Basketball Theory (CBT).

CBT says that, to make up for those unseen fouls, they are going to call both teams back on to the court – each player from Team A must step forward and state the number of fouls they had remaining of the five it would have taken to foul out of the game.

Let us say there are 15 players on the roster, and each gets five fouls before being disqualified – that amounts to 75 fouls. Now, if the average NCAA team commits around 21 fouls per game, that means there is an opportunity for Team B to pick up 54 points – more than enough to change the outcome of the game.

The refs then announce, due to their new devotion to CBT, Team B will be awarded a free throw for every remaining foul that was unused (and presumably uncalled) and not only that, but Team B can also use their best free throw shooters to take the shots. The members of Team B who are not designated as shooters can harass players from Team A while the shots are being taken, even attacking the players who never entered the game, by yelling at them for being cheaters and roundball supremacists. Team A players are not allowed to respond in any way, shape, or form. They must sit quietly and take it or additional fouls will be assessed.

All this is to occur after the game is over the clock is off, but in full view of the crowd, who has been forbidden to leave and must bear witness to the end of the game.

If you were in this arena and subjected to this process, would you not think this was absurd and unfair?

But this is what Critical Race Theory looks like in practice.

What if the day of which Martin Luther King dreamed has already come, the one where people are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin? What if the day of equal opportunity has come and nobody noticed, especially not by the players and coaches on Team B who define every win and every loss in racial terms? Would that situation not look and feel a lot like the game played under rules established by Critical Basketball Theory?

There is a reason why activists and agitators want America to be defined by her past rather than the present. The past fits their narrative and gives them purpose. The present reveals their obsolescence.

There are more than a few reasons to deduce that contemporary America is Dr. King’s dream but those raised on racism and indoctrinated in bigotry simply cannot process that they came armed for a battle that is over – one already won.

But a soldier forged by a lifetime of war only knows how to fight. If there are no battles remaining, they create their own or they become mercenaries and sell their skills to the highest bidder.

And the highest bidders today (Democrats and the progressive left) want (and need) to create a second war by awarding free throws after the game is over.

Something to consider.

2 thoughts on “Critical Basketball Theory

  1. Dead on, my friend!!
    Of course being a retired Mathematical/Computer Programmer helped me a tiny bit!

  2. An excellent illustration of CRT. I think I must memorize it. Have a good day from Texas.

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