How could Rick Reilly have forgotten the dumping of Gatorade onto the coach after winning a championship?
ANTHONY M. SMITH, KENNEWICH, WASH.
This is an article from the Feb. 20, 1995 issue
More Unwritten Rules
I enjoyed Rick Reilly's POINT AFTER about the unwritten rules of sports (Jan. 16), but he left out some: If you rebound a made shot during a pregame shootaround, you must pass the ball back to the shooter. In a pickup game you must make at least one pass before you can shoot. The catcher must get more excited after a big win than the pitcher. Pro baseball players shake hands with each other after a win instead of with the other team. It's perfectly O.K. not to slide or dive for balls when playing Softball.
TOD J. LARSON, Fort Sill, Okla.
A tie goes to the runner. Never walk the pitcher.
BILL TRLAK, Brandon, Fla.
No foul is called in the last seconds of an NBA game (unless, of course, Hue Hollins is officiating).
MICHAEL SCHROEDER, Carol Stream, Ill.
In driveway hoops, it's winners' out, or make it, take it. At Wrigley Field, visitors' home run balls must be thrown back.
JOEL PAIGE, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Never report a final score with the lower number first, volleyball games and tennis sets excluded. For example: "The Niners lost to the Chargers today, 14 to 20." Ouch! It practically pierces the eardrum. Also, for touch football games in which the kickoffs are thrown, the receiving team gets three "no takes."
CHRISTOPHER J. BUTLER, South Bend
Is there a crazier unwritten rule than the one decreeing that college volleyball reserves stand at the end of the team bench throughout a match?
TONY GERVASE, Long Beach, Calif.
During a blowout basketball victory, the last bench players get the most chances to score, before any remaining starters. Always hit your hockey goalie's pads for good luck, pregame.
THE HIGGINS FAMILY, Belchertown, Mass.
Two unwritten rules that were broken during baseball's recent half-season: Never charge the mound if hit by a pitch when the pitcher has a perfect game going after the sixth inning. (What was Reggie Sanders thinking?) Always run out an infield fly or a comebacker to the pitcher. No excuses! (Just about everyone broke this one, except for Will Clark.)
BRIAN T. MURPHY, San Francisco
Always adjust the strings on your tennis racket after you have missed a shot. Never call an offensive foul in playground hoops. Also in basketball, always act as though you've intentionally banked a shot from straightaway that goes in off the glass.
BOB MOSELEY, Shelton, Conn.
Never be the first or third out at third base.
KENNETH V. TICHY, Washington, N.J.
Always boo the refs on a call made against your team. Start cheering before the end of the national anthem.
STEVEN S. SWENSON, Phoenix
A superstar always gets the call. If a player is in a 'zone,' don't tell him.
MATTHEW S. MULDOON, Eureka, Calif.
Autographs for Sale
I found it interesting and humorous that at the Wilt Chamberlain-Bill Russell autograph session (SCORECARD, Jan. 16), Wilt was selling his autograph for a minimum of $75. In his 1991 autobiography, Wilt Chamberlain: A View from Above, Chamberlain denounces doing just that, saying that "the selling of autographs by our sports heroes for personal gain...is to me as unethical and unbelievable as Roy Rogers trading Trigger for a Kawasaki."
ANDY HIRST, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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