One day coming up soon, because of availability I’m not sure which, I’ll be headed to Stanford for some (more) tests. Since I may be contacted and not have enough time to let you readers know, if you get to this site and you see the same blog you read the day before . . . that’s the day(s) I’m at Stanford. Rest assured I’ll be returning shortly.
Ed Rush, former supervisor of officials for the Pac-12, lost his job because he made a statement that many people felt was obviously in jest. Not according to CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman however. Or rather, Goodman - and his secret informant. Goodman reported one of the officials, i.e. referee, in the room told him Rush said that if an official would bang (call a technical foul on) Arizona’s coach, Sean Miller, or would run him (throw him out of the game), he (Rush) would give that ref $5000 or a free trip to Cancun. Initially, Larry Scott, Pac-12 commissioner made the statement, “I do not find anything that rises to a fireable offense or a breach of ethics or a breach of the integrity of officiating or the program.” But, claims Goodman, that was before Scott was privy to what the official told Goodman.
Was it? Really? Or, have we as a society, become so sensitive to anything said by or to anybody that a significant number of us have assumed the position of the PC (politically correct) police? Under the guise of exposing insensitivity, they alert, a la Chicken Little, the public about some horrific crime - and in the process ruin lives of some while not benefiting society nearly to the degree they’re tearing it down.
What needs to be revealed is who leaked the information - and why? According to Goodman, it was one of the referees. The more the reporter spoke, it was apparent the secret informant was someone close to Goodman, possibly a good friend of his. If this official believed so strongly that Rush is that evil a person, i.e. Rush really meant what he said, why not come out himself with the accusation? Or was the guy upset because - although of course he didn’t referee for the money (just joking because if that was the case, he’d be the first for a guy at that level) - he didn’t get selected to officiate in the NCAA tournament and got stuck with one of the lesser post season assignments which pay less money, per diem and prestige? Due to the fact that most, if not all, of Pac-12 referees have climbed the ladder of elementary, junior high, high school, JC, D-II and/or D-III and lesser name conferences (possibly skipping a rung here or there), when they’ve risen to the level of the Pac-12 (by far the highest in level and pay on the west coast), egos are bruised easily. So if you believe his outrage was directed more for the love of the game being violated than his substantial paycheck (and national TV face time) being significantly reduced, you’re beyond naiive. If this referee, Jeff Goodman’s anonymous source, didn’t have a hidden agenda of some sort, I’ll pay him five large or give him a free vacation to Cancun. Actually, forget the $5K but my wife and I traded our time share and are headed to Cabo San Lucas next month. I think there’s an extra bedroom. Everybody knows that Cabo beats Cancun. What do you say, anon?
All of this means that, in today’s world, we need to be on our best behavior all the time lest someone be offended. If this sounds like the raging of an old man who hasn’t decided to play by the current rules, let me correct that sentiment - slightly. There is no doubt I am from an other time, one that took place long ago. It also got us where we are as a society. Alright, so maybe that’s nothing to brag about but in my world, like it or not, sarcasm was used much of the time. In 99% of the cases it was intended to be humorous. About 95% of the time, it actually was. Studies have shown that laughing is good for a person’s health. If this PC nonsense continues, nobody will ever laugh again - for fear of hurting the feelings of whomever thinks that you’re laughing at him. Or her. Or it.
Here’s a short (believe it or not) story that illustrates my point. Our high school football team was made up of seven or eight ethnic groups. One day, in the locker room after practice, our center who was Polish Catholic, pulled me aside and said, “You’re the only Jew I know who I like.” Today, national headlines. Instead, I viewed it as I truly believe it was intended:
“I took it as a compliment!”