Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Number of Fouls Called in Basketball Games Is Ridiculous.(Sports)

Byline: JAMES YODICE Of the Journal

There are, by my count, only five more shopping days until Christmas Eve, a day for procrastinators around the world to rejoice in our long-running and continued indifference. But we generally like to put off acknowledging that fact until after the holidays, if only out of habit.

And before I descend today into a Grinch-like bitterness, a heartfelt Merry Christmas wish to everyone. I wish you much joy.

That marks the extent of my holiday cheer for the moment.

Mostly, I am just going to vent for a few minutes, which is one of the perks that goes with this particular aspect of the job. And this is a bone I am not only going to pick clean, but pick immediately.

As you know, most of the state's high-school basketball teams have played eight or 10 games by now, and there have been some terrific games already, boys and girls. …

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