Alright, found the most obscure thread to rant, but I have to, so here goes. What are the repercussions for officials that make the game about themselves? A strongly worded letter to the AIA in the hopes that these folks, founders of the self-reporting policy for all HS programs in violation, would actually do something significant is about as laughable and pathetic as posting some rant on a random HS sports website. Sigh.
I won't give names or places, but I witnessed one of the worst officiating displays in my 15 year career doing this sort of thing tonight. From the beginning, they had what some call "rabbit ears" hearing everything from low key comments not directed at them on the bench to comments made at the concession stand. When a head coach questioned a call, they would quickly find their whistles and shove them in their mouths like loading a gun ready to go off on anyone who thought they may have made a bad call. So sad. I don't know if the game has passed them by, or they have become some strange morph of an official thinking only about the science and not the art of the game. Both teams were in the bonus with almost 3 minutes to go IN THE FIRST QUARTER! In the first quarter.
And hey, we are all biased to some degree, and those that are unbiased spectators to any game simply being there as a fan, they are still biased in that they would prefer a game that is decided by players and not one that lasts, get this, over two hours because of all the whistles!
I watched, at one point, as other officials in the stands (only tournaments this time of year so lots of officials) were laughing to each other across the court and mocking to each other that the officials were ready to toss someone at any point. THEIR OWN PEERS ARE MOCKING AND RIDICULING THEM! Who gets the last laugh? Well, the officials, since their word is to be taken as truth. The boiling point came late in the game when, during a scramble for a bouncing ball that was ricocheting from player to player of both teams trying to claim possession when one coach calls timeout and he is given that timeout and possession of the ball...as the ball was clearly not in possession of anyone at the time, a comment was made that the ball was not in possession of either team. I wish I could say there were curse words, derogatory remarks or even an outlandish physical gesture.....nope. Only the comment, "There was no one in possession." A technical foul was assessed. Then asking why the foul was assessed, another tech was assessed by the opposite official. Then when the coach said, "I didn't even say a word to you." a third tech was assessed.
Hey, there are some arrogant coaches out there and they, at times, simply ASK for technical fouls. This wasn't the case. No one EARNED a tech, whereas, a ref wasn't threatened, berated, demeaned, or called out...they simply blew and threw. Ironically, I watched a game not an hour later where, after every call, no less than 2 players and coaches and assistant coaches from both teams were questioning calls. How dare the AIA let such ignorant arrogance officiate. When a coach gets tossed, he has to sit out the next game. What happens when two dumba$$ officials decide that they are the ones on display and bully their power?
And everyone wonders why the rest of the world is catching up to American baskeball. I wish I could have said I was biased and creating such a post was simply backlash, but no. The game of basektball deserves so much more.
But I digress...