Several years ago we were critiquing what we thought was a poorly refereed game when the Playcaller dropped in to tell us, very politely, that we didn’t know chips from shinola when it came to officiating.
It was a valuable lesson. He had inside knowledge and we had none. If you don’t pay attention when an authority explains why you’re not getting it you’re an idiot.
So we’ve looked at officiating very differently since then. You have to assume they’re trying their best and that mistakes will occasionally be made.
And that a lot goes on that you don’t understand. For instance, he explained to us that when State legends Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta were ejected it was mostly likely because they were making it difficult to administer the game (because they were acting up near the scorer’s table).
That’s a different take.
So we were intrigued to read this column in the Daily Press about how the ACC is trying to improve officiating.
It’s well worth your time and you might consider taking it easy on those guys.