Refs Getting Jacked Up

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Refs Getting Jacked Up
Erik S. Lesser/Associated Press

Let's be honest: The zebras deserve a lot more credit than we give them.

Sure, plenty of us spend considerable time ridiculing the decisions they make on the field. We boo them and we jeer them, and yet we fail to acknowledge the fact that each and every time they step out onto the field, ice or court, they are putting themselves at risk.

Referees don't have easy jobs, nor do they have incredibly safe jobs. Even if they have cat-like reflexes, they're bound to get destroyed every once in a while—by a ball, by a puck, by a player who is twice their size and weight.

This is for those refs.

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