That’s right. I am asking sports fans to show some love for the guys wearing the stripes and squatting behind the plate.
That’s because sports fans usually don’t. And, that includes me!
Every sports fan sees refs, officials and umpires at every game in every sport at every level. The guys and gals with the whistles never actually play in a game, but they’re most deserving of our appreciation; otherwise, there wouldn’t be any games at all.
Their presence is absolutely essential.
Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog focuses on none other than these people who preside over games, blow the whistles, make the calls, enforce the rules and enact all the penalties.
They work tirelessly both indoors and out, in both good weather and bad, and during all hours of the day.
They never get to rest, but remain on their feet or skates for the entire length of their respective assignments.
In the blink of an eye, these under-appreciated, but essential participants in every game make critical decisions that can be carefully reviewed and callously criticized countless times on national television – often with the benefit of super slow motion and high definition cameras.
Acting as both judge and jury, they make crucial calls that can effect legacies, decide championships and even determine the future worth of player contracts. Yes, they’re the guys under the hood on NFL sidelines.
Plus, their hazardous professions go completely unnoticed by the average sports fan. When working behind the plate, these non-players take fastballs off their shins. Also, they occasionally get steamrolled on the football field by 300 lb. linemen.
Too often, they find themselves checked into the boards by overly aggressive defense men and struggle to keep up with gazelles on both the basketball court and soccer pitch.
Few ever know their names. They’re mocked, yelled at, glared upon, ridiculed and cursed.
Only referenced at sports events when their judgment is brought into question, these non-athletes never receive the credit they deserve.
Yes, they’re the zebras, the blind mice and the dastardly devils that may – or may not – blow their whistles in your team’s favor.
These officials, umpires or refs, maintain order on the hardwood, the ice, the pitch, the gridiron and the baseball diamond.
Without them, there would be no games at all.
And, that’s my 2 cents blog for this Tuesday about appreciating refs, officials and umpires. Go on, sports fans, you can do it, too!
MIKE on sports!