Donald Trump comments on NFL officiating

Because of course he did.

Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post tweeted that Trump has stated that NFL referees are throwing too many flags this postseason, and that they are doing so “to impress their wives.”
Donald Trump and Steve Ross
First of all, Trump is guilty of having pretty much no knowledge of officiating or evidence to back up this argument or many of his others.  I honestly believe (and have always believed) that officials are at the butt end of a greater problem of anti-expert (and even anti-education) culture.  When someone with real knowledge comes in (say, about global warming), there’s a strong subset of people in our culture who say that they don’t care how long this group of people have studied something, that they still can’t be convinced–and that their own opinion is just as valid.

I felt this way after Super Bowl XL (has it really been a decade)? And I called for the hiring of an expert official on the staff of the networks before it actually happened (you’re welcome, Mr. Pereira).  I honestly believe Pereira and his followers have been good for sports culture and might make a dent in anti-expert culture:  when there’s a weird call somewhere, instead of idiot sportscasters popping off with no knowledge, their first response is now to ask an expert.

This isn’t a political blog, but I think it’s safe to say that what annoys people of all parties about Donald Trump is the way he is willing to come crashing in with bombastic opinions about topics about which he has very little knowledge.  It’s not a surprise that sports officials eventually got to feel the wrath of that, since they are among the most common victims of that ugly part of our culture.

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About Paul Hamann
I am a basketball referee in Washington State, working mostly high school games.

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