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Texas Topics / Re: Uniform Violations
« Last post by Etref on Today at 02:52:28 PM »
On the other hand, if teams are still wearing this crap then no,one has enforced it all year
Texas Topics / Uniform Violations
« Last post by Phantomref on Today at 01:38:13 PM »
After watching numerous playoff games the past few weeks, it appears that most officials at this point of the season are not going to enforce the new uniform requirements- especially with respect to the knee pad requirement. It's disappointing (to say the least) that a point of emphasis was made this year to enforce uniform requirements, yet we have officials that refuse to enforce that requirement. I can only surmise that those officials are either not concerned with the requirement, don't feel they are the uniform police P_S , or are concerned that the coaches will not use them again if they enforce the requirement. What kind of example are these officials setting for other officials?
General Discussion / Re: Forward Progress or Out of bounds?
« Last post by HoustonRef on Yesterday at 10:03:45 PM »
Awful judgment by the wing, forward progress was clearly stopped in bounds. This is definitely not one of those times where we would want to help the ball carrier and make him out of bounds bc he made no attempt to get out of bounds.
Texas Topics / Re: Playoff Brackets
« Last post by first_year_guy on Yesterday at 08:59:29 PM »
Houston save some games for the rest of the guys geeezzz
National Federation Discussion / Re: sunglasses
« Last post by OSU65 on Yesterday at 06:35:07 PM »
Hey guys.....I don't care what U wear. Wear a clown suit and blow a kazoo if that floats your boat. My point is that you have chosen to be something bigger than yourself; a football official. Don't tell me that part of the reason you have chosen that profession has nothing to do with the respect you receive while in "uniform"! The key is "uniform". I'm a retired military flyer. We wear sunglasses, but they are "uniform". Same frame, non-polarized, etc. If you don't like the limitations of the current uniform just get your association to change the standards for items of dress, tattoos, haircuts, etc. If you want to be respected as part of a profession you are asked to give up some individual liberties....while involved in that profession. How you dress in your private life is your business. The problem is when an individual takes it upon himself to "draw the line" on what is acceptable for that profession. Being an official is a profession....not just a job. It sounds to me that some of you want to keep your individual freedoms while garnering the benefits of being a member of a respected, although much maligned, profession. 

Uniforms change as do standards. In the military you still are required to wear an approved uniform, standard eyewear, have a haircut within standards, etc. Tattoos that are visible were once a no/no, but that standard has eased. The point is that the limits still remain a defined standard.

The question really is what individual freedoms are you willing to give up to be a member of the profession you have chosen. If you don't like the standard get your organization to change the guidelines. It's not the glasses, the stripes, the haircut, the tattoos. It's the idea that you are a professional. The fans expect and respect that. Want to stop a play......carry an air horn. That whistle is so.......yesterday.
National Federation Discussion / Re: sunglasses
« Last post by refjeff on Yesterday at 05:50:26 PM »
Yikes!   My annual eye test show no macular degeneration, but I do have "age appropriate" cataracts.  I have worn a hate outdoors for a long time, but I don't wear sunglasses as much as I used to.  I might have to rethink that, and maybe get some prescription shades. 8]
National Federation Discussion / Re: sunglasses
« Last post by NVFOA_Ump on Yesterday at 04:22:36 PM »
I'll beat the dead horse:

This is available online on several websites -

The longer the eyes are exposed to solar radiation, the greater the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life. It is not clear how much exposure to solar radiation will cause damage. Therefore, whenever you spend time outdoors, wear quality sunglasses that offer UV protection and a hat or cap with a wide brim. Also, certain contact lenses can provide additional UV protection.
To provide adequate protection for your eyes, sunglasses should:
•   block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation;
•   screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light;
•   have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection; and
•   have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.
If you participate in potentially eye-hazardous outdoor work or sports, your sunglass lenses should be made from polycarbonate or Trivex® material. These lenses provide the most impact resistance.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors in bright sunlight, consider wearing wraparound frames for additional protection from the harmful solar radiation.

I'm there and have both.  My schedule always had 40-50 games in the afternoons, many with bright sun.  Get educated.
National Federation Discussion / Re: sunglasses
« Last post by OSU65 on Yesterday at 02:06:39 PM »
I found this while looking around for the elements that distinguish a job from a profession.

Like it or not, you are being judged by how you look, how you dress, and how you carry yourself—and, if you’re lucky, how you do your job.

I had lunch yesterday with an old friend. I’ve known him for over 30 years. In fact, he introduced me to my wife. Unfortunately, we don’t see each other very often and hadn’t sat down across the table from each other for several years.

Let me preface what I’m about to say with, “I’m comfortable with my jeans and sneakers.”

Dave is a corporate attorney. He entered the restaurant immaculately dressed, although he wasn’t wearing a tie. I was dressed as I usually am (I did wear what I thought was a nice button-up shirt—it was even tucked in). Dave hasn’t changed much since we knew each other in our early twenties, while I am decidedly more rotund, sporting gray hair and a nearly white beard. He could pass for 10 years younger than me, although he’s actually a couple of years my senior (it must be all the time he wastes at the gym).

As we left the restaurant together I made an off-handed comment about how I appreciated that he got “all dressed up” to have lunch with me. He didn’t miss a beat, “I guess I just take our friendship more seriously than you do.”

National Federation Discussion / Re: sunglasses
« Last post by AlUpstateNY on Yesterday at 11:16:25 AM »
Certainly could be mistaken, but I thought the purpose of wearing a "Uniform" was to actually all look alike, and in our circumstance be clearly distinguishable from the other participants occupying the playing field.

At higher (far more commercial) levels there seems to be a serious perception that standardizing, and highlighting, certain brands of apparel (including footwear) offers considerable commercial marketing advantage, albeit to a relatively small segment of the overall viewing audience, that might well be concerned and influenced by the "orthopedic" value of the offerings.
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