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01-13-2010, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyHigh View Post
Keep in mind here, I'm talking about how good the officials are. I think the NFL has an extremely high standard for officiating and even MLB officiating, while not great, is miles better than the NHL's. Most umps hold a strike zone pretty well, so you know what you're dealing with.
In fairness to the NHL, one problem they have is that very few guys trying to be officials are physically capable of doing it. There are a lot of folks that would be good refs but don't have the skating ability to keep up with play at the NHL level. There was an article (somewhere) talking about this a year or two ago that I read that was pretty interesting...was also addressing the fact that going to the two ref system only exacerbated this problem (obvious point).

It's also a grinding job, so that's going to cut some people out. A lot of NFL refs work day jobs (the aforementioned Ed Hochuli is a lawyer, I believe) because the schedule is pretty's literally a side job.

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