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Rushed Decisions = Errors! Could everyone please just COUNT TO ONE?

b2ap3_thumbnail_ar.jpgThe month of May is a blur… and I’m glad it’s in the rearview mirror.


I split my time between willing my Los Angeles Kings into their second Stanley Cup Final in three years (those overtime games were exhausting!), and overseeing the rather complex Clippers transition of power (it’s been damn-near impossible).  It’s a good thing I have Commissioner Silver, Donald Sterling, Steve Ballmer, Rochelle Sterling and V Stiviano all on speed dial. We hope to wrap it up soon so that everyone wins: the Sterlings get a check, the Clippers (and their followers) have a future, and V gets her book-and-movie deal.


Spoiler Alert:  Sorry, Seattle… you can’t have my Clippers.


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Is this DOGSO? Throw me a bone here!

b2ap3_thumbnail_lawsofthegame.jpgWelcome to February. The Sochi Games are off to a rather curious start… $50 billion apparently only buys you a half-assed half-pipe these days.  Fortunately, that sorry memory has been erased by the amazingly heroic efforts of several Los Angeles Kings representing their countries, especially the U.S. of A. 


The Midas touch of one Philip Anschutz is everywhere.


February’s other big story: Some idiot celebrated a goal by head-butting the Plexiglas covering of his team’s technical area.  This brilliant move was, of course, caught on video that went viral… about the same time my GI tract went viral and I spent 24+ hours in bed, reading why head-butting Plexiglas should/should not be considered Violent Conduct (which, the last time I checked, needs to be committed against a person and not an industrial-strength polymer).


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Will Referees be Demoted? New Certification Requirements are troublesome -- at best.

b2ap3_thumbnail_usreflogo.jpgA strange month of January has come to a really strange end.  As we flip the calendar, our attention turns to The Big Game in New Jersey and the Bigger Weekend in Orlando for our PRO brothers and sisters.


Strange month, indeed.  A week ago, after months of advance promotion, more than 50,000 local hockey enthusiasts filed into Dodger Stadium (and my Los Angeles neighborhood), “witnessed” a great NHL game (about half of them only saw the puck on the Jumbotron) and a totally thrilling fan experience… some even picked up their trash on the way out.


NHL Stadium Series:  Mission Accomplished.  Well done, Gary Bettman.  You found a way for the NHL’s per game attendance to surpass MLS’ (for now).


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Minnesota State Referee Committee in turmoil.


At the time of this writing, the battle lines remain drawn, but cooler heads appear to be starting to prevail, so all might not be lost in this beautiful little state that gave us Californians the 16-time world champion Lakers.


In fact, by the time I hit SEND, this sorry episode very well might have resolved itself... one can hope.


Nonetheless, there will be reflection, there will be wounds to lick, and for the sake of the Federation and its member state associations, hopefully there will be lessons learned... and not repeated.


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Interview with FIFA and USSF Referee Chris Penso

b2ap3_thumbnail_penso2.jpgChris Penso

Born: 04/28/1982

Referee since: 1997

Professional Debut: Miami FC vs. Puerto Rico - USL Div 1 - 07/04/2008

FIFA Referee since: 2013


When did you decide to become a referee, and who were some of the influences on your career?


I became a referee in 1997 at the age of 14. My youth coach asked if anyone wanted to attend an entry level referee course and I volunteered to go as I figured it would be a fun way to earn some money. Another major influence was my district referee administrator at the time, Tom Chapman (current OH-N SRA).

What do you think is the most misunderstood aspect of the refereeing profession by coaches, players, fans and the media?

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