Any die-hard Badger fan remembers the blown call from when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost to Duke in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game.With just under two minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers trailing by just five, refs called the ball out of bounds on Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig. Refs immediately grouped together and decided to look at the play closer on the monitor.Despite the fact that the ball was clearly touched by Duke forward Justise Winslow, officials did not overturn the call and awarded the ball to the Blue Devils. Duke would score on the ensuing possession and ultimately win the game, 68–63.Just days later, NCAA Vice President Dan Gavitt stated that the call was, in fact, incorrect, potentially costing Wisconsin the game and the championship.National championship breakdown: Wisconsin vs. DukeINDIANAPOLIS – One of most historic seasons in Wisconsin men’s basketball history ended in not-so-great fashion for the Badgers, as Read…While Wisconsin fans have a right to be upset about the loss, the refs’ error is one of a number of major blown calls in sports. Blown calls are fairly common in sports thanks to simple human error, but there have been several notable calls/no calls in UW athletics in recent years. With that, let’s take a look at a few:2011 — Big Ten Football Championship GameIn the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, Wisconsin led the Michigan State Spartans by a field goal with 1:37 to go in the game. Wisconsin sent out punter Brad Nortman on fourth down, giving the Spartans a chance to tie or win the game on the ensuing possession.During the punt, however, Nortman got nicked by a Spartan defender after getting the punt off and dramatically fell to the ground. Nortman’s performance got the officials to throw a flag and give the Badgers an automatic first down, allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock and win the game, 42–39.With the win, the Badgers got an automatic bid to the Rose Bowl, where they would lose to the Oregon Ducks, 45–38.Clutch 2nd-half, 3rd-down conversions carry Wisconsin to victoryINDIANAPOLIS – At halftime of the Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin football team couldn’t help but feel a little Read…2013 — Bizarre loss to Arizona State footballIn an early-season game against Arizona State, the No. 20 Badgers trailed the Sun Devils with less than a minute to go, but had an opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal. Badger quarterback Joel Stave rolled out to his left and took a knee, setting up the field goal opportunity inside the 20-yard line.This is where the confusion began.Players from both teams stood around confused, and ASU players even dove onto the ball. Officials did not stop the clock when this happened, however, and the clock ran out before the Badgers were able to get another snap off.Stave and the rest of the team tried to argue the call, but the officials left the field, leaving Wisconsin on the wrong side of a 32–30 loss.UW Athletics: An examination into argument over student-athlete compensationThe University of Wisconsin Athletics Department will likely face an issue in the coming years that is becoming more common Read…2015 — Final Four NCAA Tournament GameIn the Final Four game just before the loss to Duke in the championship, Wisconsin benefited from a late blown call against the seemingly unbeatable Kentucky Wildcats.Wisconsin trailed by two with less than three minutes left in regulation when Badger forward Nigel Hayes air-balled a short shot in front of the hoop as the shot clock expired. Hayes grabbed his own air-ball and put up another shot that managed go in, but it was clear that the basket shouldn’t have counted.Kentucky’s players immediately signaled for a travel, probably not realizing that it was also a shot-clock violation, but officials did not stop play and the game stood tied at 60. Wisconsin would go on to beat Kentucky 71–64, ending the Wildcats’ perfect season one game short of a championship.Final Four breakdown: Wisconsin vs. KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team handed the once-undefeated Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season in Saturday Read…2019 — Targeting call against safety Eric BurrellThis is the call that is probably most fresh on the minds of Badger fans.Despite this play being overshadowed by the targeting penalty and ejection of Reggie Pearson Jr. just a few plays later, this targeting call was much more controversial in terms of officiating.In a blowout win over Michigan earlier this season, safety Eric Burrell went in for the tackle on Wolverine quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who decided to slide. With the slide, Burrell inadvertently had helmet-to-helmet contact with McCaffrey, drawing a flag from the officials and resulting in an ejection of Burrell for supposedly targeting the quarterback.While this play had no real impact on the outcome of the game, the call was definitely a mistake in the eyes of many, including several NFL players.Looking at the blown calls presented here, it’s clear that the mistakes of officials can go either way depending on the luck of each side on any given night. Unfortunately, human error exists in officiating and will continue to exist so long as referees are human, which may not be the case in the future.
Close on the heels of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s split, the news of another celeb break-up left Tinsel Town shocked. Ever since the news of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s split became public, gossip mills have been churning out stories around their break-up. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma break-up – Are the lovers patching up now?ALSO READ: Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma break-up – The split is official nowBut now there’s an all-new angle to the story. Apparently, Virat and Anushka never really broke up, but just took some time off each other. A source informed the Times Of India, “Anushka is the more pragmatic one between them. They never really broke up but merely took some time off each other. There is a lot on Anushka’s plate right now. Her next film (Sultan, with Salman Khan) is both physically and mentally exhausting. Their decision of staying apart for a while has actually done them good.”Reportedly, after Virat’s brilliant performance in the India vs Australia World T20 match, in which he was awarded the Man of the Match title, Anushka had called him and the two talked all through the night. Interestingly, Virat taking a stand for Anushka after she was trolled on social media also added more fuel to their patch-up story.He took to Twitter and Instagram and gave a befitting reply to the trolls. The 27-year-old cricketer had written, “Shame on those people who have been having a go at Anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what i do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity. This was long time coming. Shame on these people that hide and take a dig. And i dont need any respect for this post. Have some compassion and respect her. Think of how your sister or girlfriend or wife would feel if someone trolled them and very conveniently rubbished them in public (sic).”advertisementReportedly, the two broke up after Anushka turned down Virat’s marriage proposal. And some sources also said that Anushka’s decision to go ahead with the shoot of Sultan at a point of time when Virat had taken some time off his cricketing schedule to spend time with her didn’t go down well with the latter. However, if the reports of their patch-up are true, it will be a treat for their fans.