Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/21/07 at 07:31 PM ET
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Perhaps hockey fans have to accept the fact that there will never be justice in officiating. But it might be nice if there were fewer injustices.
Hockey is one of the most difficult sports to officiate. In fact, it may be the most difficult.
Baseball is almost without exception, relatively simple, black-and-white calls. A runner is either out or safe. A pitch is either in the strike zone or it isn’t.
Basketball and football require a bit more judgment, especially on calls like interference and holding in football, and charging in basketball.
But until recently, hockey officiating required judgment calls and very little else. The game had evolved to the point that calls were purely subjective, varying from night to night depending on the referees’ whims.
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