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(Reuters)   Referees annoyed by eyeglass firm offering them free optical exams   ( divider line
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7130 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Jan 2005 at 5:03 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-01-08 10:52:37 AM  
Belly-scratching firms now in negotiations with catchers. Piazza not amused.
2005-01-08 11:14:05 AM  
big whoop. that very same firm already sponsors the refs in Scotland. although it should be Guide Dogs for the Blind that does it.
2005-01-08 12:38:20 PM  
What, can't take a hint?
2005-01-08 03:37:15 PM  
2005-01-08 05:05:42 PM  
Many Referees should take this offer. I say give them the first pair of glasses free too.
2005-01-08 05:08:29 PM  
Awwww, what nice bookies.

/not really, since all the money is made in the middle
//nice way to generate some free publicity
2005-01-08 05:12:17 PM  
I have to say that is one of the most ingenious (sp) ideas ever, I know for a fact most refs need that shiat...
even college refs... can't freaking see that the guy was out of bounds when he threw the ball back in play... costed us a game.. farking asses...
2005-01-08 05:19:50 PM  
Has there ever been any talk of using instant replay in football matches?
2005-01-08 05:27:08 PM  
I wasn't playing you when i did that, was i?

(I had the same thing happen to our team, but we were the ones out of bounds - and we beat them)
2005-01-08 05:31:15 PM  
An referee's lot is rarely a happy one

An reporter's lot should use spellcheck more often.
2005-01-08 05:33:10 PM  
2005-01-08 05:31:15 PM josh2112

An referee's lot is rarely a happy one

An reporter's lot should use spellcheck more often.

Er... or rather grammar-check.
2005-01-08 05:33:32 PM  
In my old marching band days we used to play "three blind mice" whenever a bad call was made.

\and this one time, at band camp...
2005-01-08 05:35:10 PM  
Am i the only one who misread it as reefers?

/should probably go to sleep
2005-01-08 05:35:43 PM  
Every game this season on Browns radio (yeah, I'm that much of a loser), the referee was brought to the tens of fans listening by Union Eye Care. They've had Pearle Vision sponsor it in the past, too...

Besides, Motel 6 has poked fun at refs, too...and if REAL football refs can take it, then why can't these wussy football refs?
2005-01-08 05:40:36 PM  
some things never change:

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2005-01-08 05:44:34 PM  
"An referee's lot is rarely a happy one and the latest cheeky offer from a firm of opticians is unlikely to cause a rush of applications for a job as the man in black."

Could some British bloke please translate that?
2005-01-08 05:47:03 PM  
Well the "An referee's lot is rarely a happy one" is an homage to Gilbert and Sullivan. I think the song's called "When A Felon's Not Engaged in His Employment" or something like that.
2005-01-08 05:47:44 PM  
The Scottish Football league's referee's are sponsored by SpecSavers..... It's ironic marketing.
2005-01-08 05:51:02 PM  
And the bookies paid anyway? Must be a British thing. My bookie would have broken my kneecaps before he paid out.
2005-01-08 05:59:09 PM  
Refs no matter what sport are a necessary evil.

/still can't get over the Deon Sanders no call from the Cowboys vs San Fran NFC championship game when my 'Boys were going for the 3peat on the way for the 4 peat.

//Miss the coke and hooker days of Jimmy Johnson :(
2005-01-08 06:06:51 PM  
Referee Pitman disapproves.
2005-01-08 06:30:20 PM  
Proctologists should offer free rectal exams to some of those refs out there.
2005-01-08 06:45:36 PM  
Rodeodoc - The bookmakers could care less. They make all of their money in the vig/juice. Gambling... lol

/that is all
2005-01-08 06:49:06 PM  
Refs? With vision problems? Now there's one I haven't heard before!

2005-01-08 07:11:45 PM  
Can you see me now?


2005-01-08 07:24:51 PM  
Can we send them to counting school too?

/University of Missouri grad
//University of Colorado still sucks
2005-01-08 07:32:26 PM  
That's just good solid comedy.

"I would like to invite you to go and have sex with yourself!"
2005-01-08 07:39:05 PM  
Well, there's a delicate corneal inversion procedure... a multi-opti-pupil-optomy. But, in order to keep from damaging the eye sockets, they've got to go in through the rectum.
2005-01-08 07:41:29 PM  
I heard they now perform kidney transplants through the urethra.
2005-01-08 08:07:26 PM  

I have fond memories of getting in deep sh*t when our band did the same thing...
2005-01-08 09:14:58 PM  
That's nothin.

The organ player at a minor league baseball game played three blind mice when he thought the umpire made a bad call.

He was ejected from the game.
2005-01-08 09:47:22 PM  
I have no idea why I misread the title as "refugees". I think it's time for bed.
2005-01-08 09:58:46 PM  

Has there ever been any talk of using instant replay in football matches?


Yeah, the disallowed goal in the Spurs vs ManU game in question has re-ignited the discussions. The reason it hasnt happened before is that no-one can agree as to what decisions the ref should consult the replays for. Everyone has nightmare images of the game stopping every other minute for a ref to check the TV screens. And all hell would break loose if the ref chose not to consult the TV when he should have.

There has been a lot of talk on the radio about whether an American Football appraoch would work. If i remember correctly, each coach gets two challenges per half and the last two minutes of each half there is a video judge in contact with the ref. That way a game won't be won unfairly right at the end if the teams have already used their challenges.

Am i right about that? seems like a workable system.
2005-01-08 10:40:43 PM  
2005-01-08 09:47:22 PM Crackpot Jackpot

have no idea why I misread the title as "refugees". I think it's time for bed.

Me too.
2005-01-08 11:06:37 PM  
Am i right about that?

Close. It's two challenges per coach per game, not per half. Other than that, you're spot-on.
2005-01-09 10:16:25 AM  
John Madejski's Wallet: Am i right about that? seems like a workable system.

I'm guessing this won't happen in football. Remember, US Football is a stop-start game, so the 3-4 minutes taken for each coach challenge don't seem to disrupt the flow of the game.

Soccer, on the other hand, is a flowing game with minimal stoppages. If all 4 challenges were used, around 15 minutes would be added to the length of the game. Which isn't viable in my opinion. Breaking up the play for that long just won't work.

I agree that video replays could be used in certain (maybe 10-15 per season) situations, like in the Man U - Spurs match. But only if a 4th official deems it necessary.
2005-01-09 05:53:10 PM  
Would a kind Britfarker please enlighten me as to what the slang term "punter" means? Obviously it's not someone who kicks a ball.

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