Best seat in the house? I read a book by a baseball umpire titled "Best Seat in the House But You Have to Stand Up." I don't think football officials have that same best-seat fringe benefit. Football officials have to run all over the place to see what is happening.
|Sometimes the players get in the way, blocking|
the officials view of the action.
|The ball carrier is to the extreme left. There's some action|
in the middle of the photo. There's an Outlaw coming up
behind the official. How does he "see" everything?
Still they manage to do a great job. I've been watching Outlaws games for several years and I have yet to hear complaints about the officiating. They are professional in their approach to their job.
|I like this photo because the official is on top of the action.|
I also like it because the Outlaw tackler is driving for the
runner's legs. That's the way it should be done.
I've noticed something else in the officiating. They seem to have a genuine appreciation, respect, fondness(?) for the players. In my previous post I quoted Calvin saying the referee's job is make certain the quarterback doesn't get killed. The officials not only carry out their responsibilities of overseeing the play, they genuinely like the ladies who play this game with such energy and dedication.
|I don't know if you can see it. Maybe I'm imagining|
it. But it looks to me like the official is feeling the pain
of the lone Outlaw surrounded by four Dallas Diamonds.
|The referee's job is to protect the quarterback. Cookie is in trouble. When should he|
blow the whistle? He isn't allowed to step in and make a block.
I had to study this photo awhile before I realized what was happening. Between plays the officials are bantering with the players. The zebras are nice guys. Who would have thought?