Georgia soccer is at the moment getting ready for its first nationwide championship recreation since 2017. Georgia males’s basketball, led by head coach Tom Crean, however, is on the bottom of the SEC standings with a 5-9 document general. Their final 5 video games consisted of a loss to George Mason, a single-digit victory over Western Carolina, a loss to East Tennessee, a loss to Gardner-Webb, and a loss to Texas A&M.
So, when the men’s basketball AP Poll was launched on January 3, it was a shock to many people to see Georgia within the “additionally receiving votes” class.
Georgia obtained 22 votes, which means that SOMEBODY ranked Georgia fourth in your complete nation! How does one thing like this occur? It needs to be a mistake, proper? Because it seems, yeah. It was.
Stephen Tsai, an creator for the Honolulu Star Advertiser, is the offender on this Scooby-Doo thriller. Tsai did, actually, rank Georgia No. 4 within the nation.
Why? Properly, because it seems, Tsai should’ve mistaken the ‘G’ within the Georgia brand for Gonzaga’s ‘G’ or one thing alongside these traces. Tsai thought he was voting for the 11-2 Gonzaga Bulldogs, and mistakenly ended up giving the Georgia Bulldogs 22 votes. Tsai by no means provided an official assertion concerning his mistake, however the error has since been mounted and the AP Poll, which was up to date mid-week, now not has Georgia listed anyplace.
Tsai made a mistake that I’m positive he’s not going to dwell down for a couple of months, or at the least till the tip of the faculty basketball season. It occurs to the very best of us. Comparable errors have occurred previously, like in 2020 when Maria Taylor forgot to include Anthony Davis on her All-NBA ballot. Many different All-NBA voters got here to her protection claiming they’d made related errors previously.
The one constructive folks ought to take away from this entire state of affairs is how shortly the Related Press contacted Tsai and glued the issue. It took them lower than two days to succeed in out, verify he made a mistake, and alter their rankings accordingly. Having the pliability to repair apparent errors is a crucial issue for serving to make sure that voters by no means really feel pressured into being one hundred pc correct on a regular basis.
As was the case when Main League Baseball applied their replay evaluate system in 2014, the AP realized that typically oversights occur and with the ability to repair them will solely assist the game in the long term. These lapses in focus shouldn’t jeopardize the integrity of school basketball or the AP rankings. It’s good to see this one didn’t. Although it’s fairly rattling hilarious.