You can see them at every game in every sport at every level.
They never actually play in a game, but they’re most deserving of a spot in my FREE sports comic book Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports.
Why? Their presence is absolutely essential.
At #5 in my book, my choice is none other than the guys and gals 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 non-athletes 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.
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.
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.
That’s why refs are #5 in my book Favorite Non-Athletes in Sports.
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MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!