Time to put referee furor in perspective

The regular readers of this column will, I think, attest to the fact that I am anything but pessimistic, or its close relative, cynical.

That being said, the recent flap over the missed call by substitute referees during the past Monday's football game, and the resultant furor which arose, point to several things which are greatly amiss in our society, at least in my opinion.

The referee's strike, in the first place, is a root problem, or a sign of a root problem, in our society. Apparently the dispute over retirement benefits is one which involves people who are, essentially, part time employees anyway. The root problem, then, concerns people wanting to make sure they get what they feel they are entitled to.

I don't understand how, given the time demands during football season, refereeing could be a part time job. That is beyond the scope of my discussion. However, apparently it is. So who gets retirement benefits for a part time job?

A second issue is the right of anyone, besides players, to maintain more than a passing interest in the erroneous call, if indeed it was, that the ref made. Players could obviously have a lot at stake here, especially if it affects either team's playoff hopes.

Getting right to the point, under most circumstances I am a Packer fan. They are in my top three favorite teams, though not first in line. That being said, I find it hard to sympathize with the gamblers who are crying out "Foul!" because they lost huge sums.

Hello … that's why they call it gambling. The last I heard, it was frequently illegal anyway, and where and when it was legal,it assumed a certain risk. Like NFL refereeing, gambling is not supposed to be a full time job.

A final stark light shown upon this event illuminates our current assumption that anything and anyone has the right to try and convict anyone in the court of public opinion. This is, I believe, exacerbated by cable TV and Inet. Everyone from Nancy Grace across to the latest purchaser of an Iphone believes that he or she has the right, not only to an opinion {which is Constitutional}, but to pass that opinion off as expert (which is questionable.)

At bottom line, it was a football game. Chaos still reigns in the Middle East, a vital presidential election is fast approaching, and environmental issues still assail us. Let's put the whole thing in perspective.

Clyde Davis is a Presbyterian pastor and teacher at Clovis Christian High School. He can be contacted at:


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