Officiating In Perspective with Barry Mano

Officiating In Perspective with Barry Mano

Do You Hear That?

Is it just me or have you noticed when you go into say, a restaurant, the volume of the “background” music is on high-decibel? It’s deafening! The music is anything but in the background. At that volume, the music is actually “foreground” music. At times I nicely ask if the volume could be taken down a few notches, such that the human voice could be heard across a tabletop. That you can actually have a conversation without raising your voice. Usually my request is accommodated, likely because I have gray hair!

So, why am I taking this space to wax wise on background music as noise? An appropriate question it is. The why is this: I have come to consider so much emanating from social media outlets to be just that – background noise. The harping and carping about officiating has never been more inane, insane and inaccurate. The vitriol being dished out by the uninformed and the misinformed is a stew of poop, excuse my French. As for the cooks making this stew, I include not only rabid fans but many supposedly expert commentators who are more interested in eyeballs, clicks, soundbites and a paycheck than they are in being accurate and truthful. I know, I know, it is all about theater.
I get it.

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