Originally Posted by zachus22
This thread is garbage. Has anyone here ever tried refereeing a sport? I've umped baseball games, I've refereed flag football games, called lines for volleyball, but basketball - hands down - is easily the hardest sport I have ever had to call. I referee elementary school basketball one night a week, and I find THAT a challenge - I can't even imagine how hard it must be for NBA referees to call what is probably one of the fastest paced games in the world. And as hard as it is, I think NBA refs call the highest quality game out of refs in all sports. It's very rare that referees will single-handedly decide the outcome of the game - it's just that they're probably the easiest party to throw blame at aside from the team itself.
You need to have respect for these guys - the refs don't kill the Raptors, the Raptors
Do you ever change the initial call after it's made because you're intimidated by the players on the team you called it against?