Bad Calls, Good Calls—What's the Right Response When the Refs are Wrong?
Players and fans need umps and refs. What should happen when they disagree—or the refs simply blow it? Monday Night Football with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers has people talking.
Fans are howling over the way Monday Night Football ended, with what many say were muffed calls by the NFL's replacement referees allowing the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12. (Watch ESPN's video of the final Hail Mary pass.)
Most team sports beyond sandlot level require some kind of referees. What happens when the refs mess up? What should happen?
In Fridley, there's youth sports, school sports for kids and action for adults such as basketball league play at Life Time Fitness, or City of Fridley Park and Recreation softball and touch football at Community Park and broomball at Commons Park.
Do different levels of competition call for different levels of referee responsibility and respect? How have you dealt with disputed calls—either as a parent, fan or player—or as a referee yourself?