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A men’s soccer player headbutted an opponent at the Plante’s Ferry Sports Complex on July 31, then headbutted and punched the referee who showed him a red card.
I’ve been told that vertical stripes make you look slimmer.
Former NHL referee Mick McGeough has died at 62. The NHL says he died in Regina, Saskatchewan. McGeough worked 21 seasons from 1987 through 2008. He was one of the last referees to officiate without a helmet. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman calls him “one of the league’s top referees” whose “passion for the game shone through on a nightly basis.”
You can’t spend a career watching games without having a relationship with stripes, refs, officials and umpires and line judges and the rest of good-hearted men and women who take up a whistle and become an official.
The fiery Crawford, who grew up in an officiating family and wanted to be an NBA referee for as long as he can remember, gets emotional thinking about the end.
Referee Rick Crawford was doing OK after leaving the court on a stretcher after he was inadvertently struck in the face by Vanderbilt center Damian Jones following the opening tipoff of the consolation game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday night. Crawford threw the ball up for the opening tipoff and as Jones came down, it appeared as if his arm struck the 19-year official flush on the face. Crawford immediately fell to the court, and was tended to by medical professionals for roughly 10 minutes before being carried off the court. Crawford said he “felt an elbow hit me across my right eye and then I just went down,” following the tipoff. “It was a little scary.” Crawford said he did not have concussion symptoms. Vanderbilt defeated La Salle 68-55. – AP
Former high school football referee Jack Shagool died Sunday after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 87. Shagool, the father of former Ferris volleyball coach and current Saxons athletic director Stacey Ward, is survived by his wife, Mardelle; two sons, Scott and Chuck; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, the fifth/sixth-grade football teams from All Saints and Assumption schools faced each other at Gonzaga Prep. Observers may have noticed something different about one of the three officials on the field. As the only woman in the Inland Empire Football Officials Association, Mary Harvill is used to double takes from coaches, kids and parents.
For the past half-century, Gary Broadbent has been a Technicolor man living a black and blue life. Since 1959, when he first officially donned a black-and-white referee jersey as a 19-year-old former basketball player, Broadbent has been a game official. He added the baseball umpire’s blue to his wardrobe a few years later and followed that with a softball uniform and another for volleyball.