November 03, 2004

Tape Sent To League Office

The 67s have sent a tape of the alledged slew-foot by Sean Courtney of the Saginaw Spirit on Battachio to the OHL head office. Barre Campbell from the Ottawa Sun has written about it in this article. Here is how Saginaw reported the incident (link):

Ottawa changed goaltenders two minutes later, when starter Danny Battochio was wobbled in a player collision outside the crease. Anthony Guadagnolo finished the game for the 67's.

This "wobble" has resulted in Battachio being out for 2 to 4 weeks, depending on reports.

The game wasn't televised, so I did not see what happened, and I'm not willing to blindly believe that it was a slew-foot. I'm trying to be less biased this year regarding the calls refs are/are not making. It seems like a crappy job to me - being an OHL ref - what with the yahoos they have yelling at them. No matter what they do, they will not please 50% of the people. Now, I'm not saying that they don't make mistakes or miss things, but that the product would be pretty dreadful without refs and they put up with a lot of crap. (I've heard what some of these yahoos yell at the refs, and it's not pretty.)

We'll see what the OHL officials decide.


StatsGuy said...

OK, it finally worked. Good post! I like the picture, but why he is standing in a puddle of urine?

By the way, someone on NOOF from Sarnia said that Killer gave the ref the finger as he was getting thrown out.

Sid said...

The puddle of urine? Umm . . . he's been scared p-less by some yahoo? (I know I wouldn't want to be on the bad/finger side of Kilrea).

StatsGuy said...

By the way, I'm assuming _I_ am one of the Yahoos of which you speak. But I only yell at them when they deserve it. Same with Killer :).

One clarification -- Refs don't please 50% of the people. They please 100% of the people only 50% of the time -- that is, the home crowd.

Sid said...

Actually, it wouldn't be 100% because there are always visiting fans. Say, 80-90%? And they don't always please the home fans - where do you think I hear these yahoos . . . at home games. So, they are obviously not pleased. Also, when the home team loses, and it is due to bad refs (of course it couldn't be due to bad play), then the 10-20% of visiters are 100% pleased. Whatever . . .