The Power of the Position

My daughter plays a lot of basketball. She’s on the school team during the regular season and plays in a league during the off season. There is a particular referee (I’ll call him Mr. Ref) who has been officiating the fall league and who has also inspired me to write today’s post.

The minute Mr. Ref walks onto the court you can sense his self-absorption. During the past few games I’ve caught myself observing him more and more. Part of that has to do with the fact that he’s always doing things to draw attention to himself, but what strikes me most about Mr. Ref is his attitude toward the game. (more…)