After two initial replays, CBS stop showing footage of Louisville player Kevin Ware suffering a broken leg during the first half of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional final against Duke yesterday.
The injury, and the shocked reaction of Ware’s fellow players, called to mind the broken leg suffered by Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann in an NFL Monday Night Football game in 1985. During yesterday’s game, Theismann tweeted his best wishes to Ware.
Ware leaped to try to block a shot by Duke’s Tyler Thornton. He landed awkwardly on his right leg, which buckled and flopped as he fell to the ground. The first hint that the injury was out of the ordinary came from Thornton, who put his hands to his face and had an anguished look as he ran back on defense.
CBS commentator Clark Kellogg described the injury as “gruesome.”
“If you can bear to watch it, take a look,” he said.
The network showed the replay twice in slow motion, although not with a close-up of Ware landing. The network also never showed a close-up of the injury.
People could quickly find replays on YouTube, anyway.
Final Four fodder
An inspired Louisville squad vs. the Cinderella. A new group of Fab Wolverines vs. the stingiest zone defense in college basketball.
The Final Four is set.
Top overall seed Louisville will face Wichita State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, and Michigan takes on Syracuse in the other national semifinal. The winners advance to the championship next Monday.
In the final year of the Big East before it splits into two new conferences, Louisville and Syracuse provided a fitting send-off to a league that quickly became a basketball powerhouse after it was founded in 1979.
Before it goes, this version of the Big East has a shot at one more national title.
With two teams, no less.
Louisville — which, like Syracuse, is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference — was the only No. 1 seed to make it to the Final Four.
The Cardinals did so by winning four games by an average of 22 points.