April 21, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 12:57 pm

Over the Christmas break, life demands required that I drop rugby from my schedule line-up.  Since that time, I have had a rolling battle with sickness and so forth, but have really missed it.  Now that things are settling down a bit, I’ve been planning a return to the sport.  However, I recently read this update on my team (the only option for Beirutis):

For those of you who might not want to click through, they basically got cranky with the ref, and so decided to leave the field at the 67th minute.

This is absolutely ridiculous, shameful behavior, and a disaterous strategy for the team.  One of the thigns rugby prides itself on is the absolute respect for referees.  They are treated with respect (no matter how bad they are), and their decisions are final (no matter how much you might disagree).  To storm off the field in protest is. not. done.

Why would this ever be a winning strategy?  If the ref was really that bad everyone will know it.  If they aren’t that bad, then it is a matter of opinion, and you just need to deal with it.  Referees are a field condition.  Sometimes you get a bad one.  Deal with it.

Given that this team somehow felt comfortable breaking this rugby convention, I’m not all that sure I want to join in with them…


1 Comment

  1. We had much the same problem in The Order when I was active. It took a long time to foster the culture of respect and such for the marshals choices bad or not. Now a days if someone throws a fit at a bad call it is looked on very badly. I would have a hard time joining a team that did that too!

    Comment by Jason Heilpern — April 22, 2010 @ 4:04 am

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