The Tears of a Clown

Now if there's a smile upon my face…

Canada ’08: Hockey Refs eh!

I tend to go easy on officials in any of the sports I watch. I’m not one for thinking that the referee has some sort of mysterious vendetta against my favourites and will never give a decision their way come what may. It’s an unenviable job being a referee or a linesman in my view – I try to cut them a little slack.

Sometimes it can only be observed though that the official(s) are having a bit of an off-night. I recall one infamous occasion then an American referee and his linesmen officiating at a Nottingham Panthers game had such a woeful performance that prior to the following week’s game, the Lower Parliament Street organist played Three Blind Mice as the stripeys skated out to start the game. Dear old Eric on the organ was duly knuckle rapped for that piece of fun I believe but the officials in question took it all in fun by posing in their uniforms, complete with false mouse whiskers for the next edition of the Ice Hockey News Review publication.

Here’s a recent smile that came my way anyway. I love this sign, it’s so lovingly created and passionate in it’s detail. Hockey refs – we love you really.

October 19, 2008 - Posted by | On The Road, Sporting Tales | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Great sign. I know it’s hard to compare but if you had to say one or the other, who make more mistakes, Scottish football refs or North American hockey refs?

    Comment by Richard | October 22, 2008

  2. That’s an easy one, Richard. 🙂

    Scottish football refs are far behind top level North American hockey refs. I think the latter are some of the most proficient officials in the world. Scottish refs? Pretty poor in my humble opinion. The game in Scotland really needs to address this serious problem that it has but seems to ignore.

    Comment by Stuart | October 23, 2008


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