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Pink Whistle Toting Refs Flagged for Illegal Procedure

Did you see the big flap over the Washington State Referees using pink whistles over the weekend? If not, check out this article and news video from KONG TV…

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This is lunacy for the state referees association. Yes, there are rules, but there is also common sense. To make this big of a deal, and the penalty so harsh is making them look like a bunch of buffoons. The chair of the association, Todd Stordahl, needs a few lessons on media communications. He comes across as very cold and un-empathetic. To even use this as a role-modeling lesson for kids is insane. Instead, perhaps, it’s more of a lesson on standing up for ones’ beliefs.

I don’t know why the referees in question didn’t ask permission. Maybe there wasn’t time, or maybe they just figured it would get turned down. Easier to ask forgiveness after the fact, right? The bottom line is that they didn’t do anything that would i any way embarrass the association or high school football, which is why these rules are in place. The WOA response comes across as bureaucratic, insensitive, and dumb. C’mon guys, don’t you have bigger fish to fry than pink whistles?

I guess in the end, the big winner is Breast Cancer Awareness. They got both the pink whistles and the ensuing controversey to raise awareness. Too bad it’s at the expense of the referees. Let’s hope common sense prevails and the discipline is lifted.

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