NPR story about NBA ref’s dad.

And it’s very sweet.


For the guy like me…

who is both a referee and a debate coach:

Philosophy referee signals.

While we’re in a lull…

with no news from the last couple of NCAA games, nothing huge in baseball yet, and me, the new dad, without any time to write about the SI article from the fall about home-team ref bias, I present you this.

Please note it’s not safe for work (bad words, gore).

I include it because Rob Riggle plays the linesman and acts out a ref’s fantasy.  Well, until the angry fan fights back, anyway.


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?

What really goes on under the replay hood

You can count on The Onion to have it covered.  Pretty funny.