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Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Umpires/referees

I had a longer, somewhat rambling post, but stuff happened and I lost it. Grrr.

Anyway, the basic point was that in America players/teams seem far more willing to contradict a referee's decision. Indeed in the NFL I know that a coach can actually challenge a decision, that the process has been co-opted as part of the game.

What started me thinking along these lines was watching a replay of a Royals-Mariners match where 1 Royals player was sent off for arguing with the ref over a decision he had made to send another Royals player off (sorry, the names just went in one ear and out the other). Over here even if the ref has made a bad decision it is known that arguing with him will only make it worse. Rugby has gone the farthest I believe where only the captains are allowed to initiate conversations of any kind with the ref.

Oh well, just another of those cultural differences.

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