Alright STOP…It’s Eddy Time!
There are very few jobs where you can show up to work, know you’re going to have a major effect on everything happening at work, do you best job, and still be certain that some people are going hate you by the night’s end. While it’s probably a great feeling to work with the sport you love, being a referee has it’s drawbacks. You cannot please everyone.
And the job’s getting a bit harder after the most recent news. Seth Davis chronicles National coordinator John Adams’ recent ‘scathing’ memo to his cohorts, urging them to enforce sportsmanship rules. This was mentioned in the morning links, but it made me think: I’d hate to see a lot of technicals being thrown around for simple little things that don’t deserve them. Whether it’s Terrence Jones flexing or the mere ‘waving off’ of a ref’s call by a kid as he jogs down the court, the regulation of the game with technical fouls could get out of hand.
Here are some excerpts of what Adams told his troop of refs:
“In games I have attended, I have noticed minor unsporting indiscretions between opposing players go unnoticed by officiating crews and invariably, these unnoticed acts later turn into much bigger problems,” Adams wrote. “Quite simply, we are doing a poor job of enforcing Rule 10, Section 5, as written.”
“These types of actions call for technical fouls. Call them!” Adams wrote. “Your coordinators and commissioners will support you.”
You may remember Adams as
the second U.S. president that guy who spoke out both sides of his mouth regarding the charge/block/blarge issues earlier this season. I’m not saying the guy is crazy or wrong, but that giving your referees more ammo isn’t going to make the calls better. If anything, it’s going to cause unnecessary and over-burdensome whistles.
Adams lauded the Markel Brown’s (OSU) dunk and ejection against Mary Jo’s beloved Missouri as a ‘great call’ and exactly what he is pushing for more of. Watch the video below and gauge Brown’s reaction after the dunk:
Did this kid really do anything technical worthy? Not in my mind. I’m not saying I support his reaction, but if I just crammed the possible dunk of the year over a #2 ranked team, I’d be pretty damn excited. BUT WITH THAT SAID: he did receive a technical for trash talking that was well-deserved and he was walking on ice with the refs. I don’t support players being irresponsible and downright rude to opponents, but there’s still a gray area here that doesn’t need a call of action from the head of the officials. Another great example is Kyle Kuric’s great dunk last year – he’d merely glanced at the defender afterwards and got T’d up. There’s a thin line that referees straddle when it comes to sportsmanship rules, and I really hope we don’t see that line crossed more often because of this recent memo.
I guess when it comes to technical fouls and referees in general, I’m anti-regulation like Ron Paul (WARNING: not a political endorsement at all, just an analogy): I want the game to be regulated by the referees no more than absolutely necessary. Let the kids play – take the laissez-faire approach to the game.