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04-21-2011, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by chosen View Post
I understand you're unhappy but like I asked someone else, how do you get consistency out of human beings making judgment calls while skating fast and watching guys skating fast who are trying to kill each other? Hell, umpires blow calls and they are standing still.
Where does this line of thinking end though? Is it okay for the ref to get right in Dubi's way because he's only human and they're all skating fast? I don't think so personally. A borderline slash called here, a missed trip there, whatever - you're right, nobody is perfect and the game is very fast. But to be right next to the other ref and in the way of a 2 on 0 breakaway in a game that either ties a series or makes it 3 - 1 is not okay. "They're just human" doesn't cover that for me. He should be able to not end up in the middle of the play when there are only 2 skaters in the zone. 2 guys in all that room and he ends up directly in front of one of them and about 3 feet away from the other ref. That is way past human error. There was no reason for him to be in that area at all and further, as I said already, the zone wasn't packed with fast moving athletes trying to kill each other - it was just 2 guys breaking in on a goalie. I can take the missed call on Staal and the odd call on Avery but getting in the way of that play is not okay.

I don't have an answer to what should be done about it but an apology from the official would be a nice start. He doesn't need to get into the fact that it could have changed the outcome of the game and this series or anything like that, he could just acknowledge that he made a mental error that killed an otherwise very promising scoring chance. Apologize to the team and their fans, take a moderate measure of embarrassment and move on. That'd probably leave a more lasting impression on the guy than a fine would.

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