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Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time (either the hockey only entries on Blogger, started on 04/07/06), or my livejournal which has all my entries, started way back on 01/09/05) know perfectly well my feelings about fan criticism of officiating in recent years. For the informed? My feelings concerning fan criticism of officiating is that it has gone overboard and in many cases it is unobtainable for the officials to meet the fans expectations of them. Enough of that, what made me smile was the “In the Bleachers” today:

I can already see people laughing at that and thinking it’s funny because “the refs do such a horrible job”. For me, it goes right along with these other gems:

from Drew Litton:

From USA Hockey’s “Relax It’s Just a Game” campaign:

here , here, and here.

Yes, the previous cartoons are about parents of hockey players but they are about everyone. All of the swearing at the ref and other such things has gotten past the point of ridiculous in recent years. Complaining about how “there aren’t good officials”? You could be part of the problem. What with officials getting assaulted, swore, at, and other such things, I am sure there are plenty of people out there who are saying they won’t get into officiating because taking that sort of a risk just isn’t worth it. This isn’t all about fan trouble, but also player trouble. People are taking a game too seriously. This isn’t a problem you say? If so, there couldn’t be any need to have procedures for when an official gets assaulted. There is zero sense to get so obset because the officals aren’t seeing everything that happens out there or they’re not meeting the standards you would have them meet.

Let the officials do their jobs, let the leagues handle it if they aren’t doing their jobs, let the players play, and let the coaches coach. Enjoy the games, feel free to get excited when your team wins (or sad if your team doesn’t), but remember everyone “it’s only a game“.

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