Dear humanity, you need to stop blaming referees for the outcome of sporting events. I've been hearing so much blame coming from sports fans, athletes, coaches, and sports television programs, about how referees effect games in a way that determines the outcome of the game. Let me tell you right now Referees do not determine the outcome of the game with calls and missed calls. Athletes determine the outcome of the game. I'm sorry to tell you this news, but it is true.
First, lets start off with the fact that its just sports. Like really, its just sports. I love that there are diehard fans, who dedicate their lives to rooting for a specific team and they deserve the right to go through emotions when their team wins and loses. But, fans are not on the team, and what happens in the game shouldn't effect them to the point where they're pointing fingers at referees. These guys have dedicated their lives to the game, and they are not out there officiating games because they want to ridiculed. They are out there so that fans like us get to watch the games. Imagine if referees just said, "Screw this, we aren't doing this anymore" you wouldn't even be able to watch the game because there would be no officiating. And they're out there officiating a sport, so fans need to relax.
When I see athletes and coaches arguing with refs in the games, I get it. They're trying to make their argument heard and manipulate the refs, its great comedy. But when I hear these guys coming out after games and blaming the refs for some missed calls or some bad calls and saying that it had a direct effect on the game, I cringe. Thinking about how many mistakes players and coaches make in games, it is ridiculous to hear them dropping blame on an officiating crew. If you play better in a game than the other team and you win, it wasn't because of the refs, it was because you were better. And vice versa.
I could keep going but I want to keep this message short and sweet. Imagine if every time you had a shift at a job you loved, there were a million people watching. And at the end of your shift, 500,000 of those people told you every mistake you made that day. It wouldn't feel good right? Why have we forgotten what our elders told us when we were 4 years old Treat others the way you want to be treated. That is the simplest, yet most important advice I've probably ever been given. If you wouldn't like people criticizing you as a human being, then why would you do it to someone else? So please, stop blaming referees. Even if your team loses at the last second, and a missed call or bad call effected your team in a negative way, I promise you its not the referees fault. I have never met a perfect human being, so please stop expecting perfection from referees.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.