NY Times article about NBA D-League ref…and it’s kind!

I’ve been trying to look more athletic out on the floor.  The hardest part is the running, I think…my feet somehow don’t hit the ground the same as other people’s, and I don’t quite know how to fix that. But I look better.

Still, no matter how much I work  out, I’ll never make myself 6’8″ and 270 pounds.  If I did, maybe I’d be on the Kevin Cutler track.

Here’s a New York Times article about Cutler.  If it’s positive and about officiating, I like it.

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Muppet refs

Speaking of family matters, I was watching a few videos with the boy on the computer today.  He asked to see some videos about the letter O.  Since I know his love of sports, I settled on this video–probably from the latter half of the 1990s.  I noticed that Telly Monster was dressed as a referee.  Why he’s wearing a hat to officiate hoops is beyond me.  And I certainly hope somebody coaches Big Bird to work on his defense, which is abysmal.

But I digress.  Upon seeing Telly dressed as an official, my wife said this:

“Did they have to choose the most neurotic Muppet to be the ref?”

Hadn’t thought of it that way, I must admit.  But what Muppet would be the best basketball official?

Kermit has a strong sense of fairness, but tends to lose control when things go awry.  Ernie is too mischievous.  Bert would absolutely go bonkers–doesn’t have the emotional wherewithal to handle stress.  Elmo is such an idiot that he’s a four-letter word in our house.  Big Bird lacks physical coordination.  Piggy would go violent.  Fozzy would call attention to himself (we’ve all worked with a Fozzy, and it isn’t fun).  I’d have to vote against Animal.

So who?

I’ve got it down to Scooter and Prairie Dawn.  Scooter stays calm under pressure, is likeable, and I think would be trusted.  But Prairie Dawn, while a bit of a neruotic control  freak, does have an interest in fairness and won’t take any crap.

Am I missing anyone?  What do y’all think?

The ref at home

Two interesting ref-related items came up today, on a holiday with no games for me.  I spent most of today chilling with my son and my wife.

My son is 23 months old.  He’s been starting his terrible twos of late…saying “no” to most requests.  But today, he had the longest and loudest temper tantrum we’ve ever seen out of  him.

Why?

He wanted to look at my as-yet unread issue of Referee Magazine.

Since my boy destroys magazines (he loves them to death), I wasn’t yet ready to turn this issue over to him.  We offered him other magazines, books, toys.  Nope.  He wanted Referee.

My God, I hope we haven’t doomed him.  (I blame his mother.)