You couldn’t pay me enough

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 03:57 PM


In my line of work I watch a lot of games, see a lot of teams and listen to an unimaginable amount of unruly fans.

After enjoying the football season in press boxes where I’m basically removed from the crowd, I’m back in the thick of it all during basketball season.

Now after just two weeks of the season I continue to thank my lucky stars that I’m not a referee of any sort.

Aside from the President of the United States I don’t believe any profession garners more ridicule.

I’m certain these men don’t get paid their due for the amount of abuse they endure during 32 minutes of high school basketball. They can do no right in the eyes of parents, coaches and fans.

What baffles me the most is when fans heckle the officials over a meaningless call while their team is actually winning by double-digits.

I just don’t understand the appeal of being so utterly rude to another human being. I know that sometimes it feels better to release some emotion and displeasure, but the need to yell at a man trying to do his job is completely unnecessary.

I admit, I have been upset with referees plenty of times in the past. I yell at the television or in a way that I can’t demean another person because I understand that there’s no way I could do as good of a job as they do, regardless of how many calls I feel they missed.

And for those of you that heckle the referees ruthlessly, do you actually feel that your opinion changes the way the refs call the game?

Has your yelling ever reversed a call? It’s doubtful.

From the point of view of an outsider and someone who has no interest or investment in either team playing, it’s more embarrassing for the heckler than the referee. I assure that the majority of parents, coaches and players would rather not have that type of “support” during their games.

I was a kid once upon a time who played a handful of different sports, and I had a parent that liked to voice their opinion to officials and umpires. And take it from me, I hated it.

The yelling didn’t change the fact that a foul was called on me or that I struck out looking, it just embarrassed me as the child.

 So in the end, let the men do their job and call the game the way they see it, because that’s what they are paid to do.

Every fan is entitled to an opinion and of course they have the right to freedom of speech, but as I often tell myself, sometimes the wisest man says the least.