Sometimes, as a season progresses, we come to realize that a team is in the wrong division. That doesn't mean that every team that is 7-0 or 1-6 is in the wrong place; maybe they're just winning all the close games or are snake-bit to the point of losing every game by single digits. But in the case of the team M (which gets zero style points for their name), they have been hammering people all season. The addition of Hasan Tucker to a lineup that already included Mich and Willie Caraway and Fred Cox has pushed M into the stratosphere. We jiggled the schedule around to give M a game against top-league power Scrap Attack and the results were surprising. M not only won the game, they won by a score of 95-74, and they did it without Tucker. Pretty impressive.
In the last game of the night, MLSAT outlasted Outlawz, 57-55 in an absolutely spectacular game. Both teams made great plays down the stretch and it went right down to the wire.
There is an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt. For those of you who weren't paying attention during school, that means that the more you're around somebody (even somebody you like), the more likely it is that they will eventually get on your nerves. So it is with officiating. Do you know which league has the best officiating in Tucson? The answer is none. No league anywhere in the world has good officiating. At least that's what players (and some fans) will say. Obviously, one of the best things about our league is that we have no fights. Not some fights--NO fights. That is the result of a cooperative effort by the refs and the players and is a great source of pride for us.
Along those lines, I got to see some of the reviews we got on Yelp. For those of you who don't know, Yelp is the official language of the mythical kingdom of Stupidia, where all of the subjects are forbidden to say anything positive about anything. Some of them are actually funny (in a how-sad-is-that-person's-life way). Reading them is like watching Mean Tweets on Jimmy Kimmel's show.
I'll be honest: We don't ref every game like it's life or death, mostly because it's not life or death. It's a game. Still, we can always get better and we'll try. Thanks.