A fun point about officiating...
There have been countless threads on officiating, but I don't think this point has ever been raised:
Oftentimes, a player, when arguing a call (or no-call), will bring up the fact that they are paying you to do the job, so you should do it right.
I agree with that, but not necessarily on the "paid" principle. Sure, we're paid fairly well, but any of us that wear the stripes know that it isn't always the most fun or highly-respected job out there. Most of us do it just to stay around the game and get out there - the money is just a nice perk.
But, consider this:
Players pay us, so that apparently gives players every right to whine, cry, complain, and yell about how we call the game.
Well, players (especially PIHA), you have sponsors, right? And they are essentially helping to pay you so you can play (well, at least pay less for playing).
So, let's say you're sponsored by the big, local construction company and by your top-line defenseman's dad's financial company.
How would you take it if the owner of the construction company got on your case really bad about letting that puck go off your stick when you had a clean 3-on-1 break? What if Dad's financial company's owner berated you and told you you're a terrible hockey player because you didn't look up and see the wide open teammate sitting on the edge of the goal crease?
Wouldn't be fun.
Just consider it the next time you go to bark at an official. You guys make mistakes when you're playing, and people are essentially giving you money to play. We make mistakes while we're officiating, and people are essentially giving us money to ref.
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