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Last Friday night, I went to a hockey game — New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets. After a non-call in the second period, some fans a few rows above my luxury box (if I’m going to watch my trash team lose, at least let me do so in style) started a chant.
“WHEN I’M OLD, DEAF, AND I CAN’T SEE, I WANT TO BE AN NHL REFEREE!”
Referees miss calls all the time; after all, they’re only human (and also zebra). The element of human error is all part of sport, though, so who cares? Maybe just focus on winning the game and not relying on a man in a Foot Locker uniform to do so for you. Perhaps that’s why the PGA, which used to let television viewers call in unnoticed violations during golf tournaments, is now shunning the notion of armchair rules officials.
From Yahoo! Sports:
Now, at long last, in the year 2017, golf’s governing bodies have finally seen the light: as of Jan. 1, viewers won’t be allowed to call in rules violations. A rules official will be on site to watch video broadcasts of the tournament, but the calls from whining, interfering viewers will go unanswered.
This rule change comes after multiple cases that rocked the golf world, including when Lexi Thompson lost an LPGA tour major event after some diligent keyboard warrior wrote in that she broke a ball placement rule… a day earlier. After she lost, even Tiger Woods tweeted out support for her and against the rule. Because if there’s one thing everyone wants to strengthen their case, it’s an endorsement from model citizen Tiger Woods.
Blown calls are as common in sports as drunken fans, over-inflated contracts, and NBA players cheating on their wives. NFL referee with the golden biceps Ed Hochuli even makes it a point to respond to emails of people criticizing his calls. Blown calls are never going away, and the PGA did good to realize that.
Honestly, if you do nothing but sit at home and look for rules violations in golf, you probably need to find a better hobby. Go out, get some fresh air, do yoga, download Tinder, fire yourself out of a cannon, eat a bag of pistachios without peeling them… whatever floats your boat.
When you see a blown call, do what the rest of us do: chug a drink, yell obscenities at your TV, maybe take to Twitter, and then move on with your life..
[via Yahoo! Sports]
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