The men whom the league has assembled over a period of years have the innate ability to have thick skin, to forget about their mistakes, to tune out the coaches and players and media and fans, and to continue to do their jobs efficiently and decisively despite realizing that they will be subject to scrutiny for anything and pretty much everything they do.
Plenty of the folks from NCAA Division II and lower apparently are being paralyzed by the reality that they will be subject to scrutiny for anything and pretty much everything they do.
How else can the extended delay at the end of the first half of Wednesday night’s
BucsRedskins preseason game be exclaimed? Long after the Buccaneers called a time out to stop the clock, the referee ran over to review the spot of the ball, saying a replay challenge initiated by the booth. And then he eventually came back to the middle of the field and explained that the call on the field stands. And then everyone lined up for the next play. And then the whistle was blown.
And then the referee turned on his microphone and said he needs to take another look.
And scattered laughs and moans emerged from the…