ABL following NBA?
There have been discussions in the past about how the NBA are stamping out trash talking and handing out Tech fouls willy nilly to anyone who even looks at someone the wrong way!
Is the ABL following suit? In a very competitive game on Sunday between two old foes (and very much friends off the court) there was a lot of trash talking between individuals. I for one think this is part of the game and as long as it doesn't become too personal then why should umpires intervene???
Do they think that players can't handle trash talking mentally?
Do they feel that someone like...let's say Blake Truslove can't hold his own against someone like...let's say...Daniel Kosmider?? Or is it they certain umpires just can't stand not being the centre of attention??? Why if your going to "T" one player up not "T" the other one? Why not just tell them both to shut up and get on with it???
I for one was given a warning for talking to an opposition player, even though we were both having a joke! Funny enough it was the same umpire in both cases.
Right now I don't feel I could get more screwed by the umpires than I already am, so I have no problems coming out and saying that the umpires over the last three to four weeks have been absolutely atrocious! Again umpires need to be more approachable than what they are and i'm not talking about when a player abuses them for all of you who were about to jump on your high horse, but listen to what players have to say and think before pushing air through that metal peice in your mouth. Win or lose the umpiring has not been at a decent level lately and I can honestly say that I have seen opposition teams cop it just as much as what my team does.
I know this will be like water off a ducks back but for those senior umpires who are out there watching and taking notes, let's get something done about it.
And on a good note...the little ref who umpired the South vs West game on Sunday, great job! I don't know your name but next time introduce yourself and keep up the fantastic job your doing, maybe one day other refs will take a page out of your book.