January 13, 2017
The 3 Stars are selected from the Officials101 posts and shares made in the last 7 days. This weekly feature is a fun way to showcase the top referee and umpire people and topics in the news from all sports. Selections are made on Friday morning and posted in the afternoon. There are no set rules or criteria so it is just as possible to see a birthday cake or your favourite local umpire as it is to see the top referees on the world stage. You can let us know who you think are the top sports officials by sharing and liking the posts that you find worthy of attention. We don’t go strictly off the numbers but we certainly take notice of which posts are the most popular with you. Let’s take a look at this week’s winners!
1. Mike Defee Football
2. Referee Focus
3. Cool License Plates
Officials101 is always on the lookout for posts that are unique, fun and interesting. When Twitter follower, Fire Eye Umpire, posted this photo of his new Utah license plate, it was irresistible and had to be shared on our website. For ingenuity, creativity and having the fun character to go get it done, this post is the 3rd Star for Week 2.
My new license plate. #umpire #baseball #utah pic.twitter.com/2dbo2oNHWI
— Fire Eye Umpire (@FireEyeUmpire) January 7, 2017
NHL Linesman, Jonny Murray, was working the lines in the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning this week. When Tampa Bay’s Gabriel Dumont and the Sabre’s captain, Brian Gionta came together in front of the Lightning’s bench, Murray was trapped. With no place to go but up and over the boards, he ended up in the Tampa Bay bench. Like a true professional, the unflappable Murray kept his focus and made the call from the bench. This onside call earned Jonny Murray the 2nd Star.
Linesman gets hit into the bench, still makes the call pic.twitter.com/Aa24ZOOJyq
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 13, 2017
When Big 12 football referee Mike Defee started the week his focus was all about preparing for the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. Defee had no idea that his workout and fitness program would instantly make him the most recognizable college football ref in the USA. Twitter pretty much exploded when football fans reacted to the huge biceps between the stripes and the whistle. Every time Defee made a call, the Officials101 search feeds were overloaded with comments and photos as sports fans shared their awe and admiration. I am not too sure if anyone noticed, but the game was a real thriller and the Tigers launched an incredible comeback to beat the Tide 35 – 31 in what some are calling the best championship game in history.
The star of tonights #nationalchampionship game, Mike Defee, reffed Texas Tech @ Arkansas in 2015 (photo from ): pic.twitter.com/jp4lRLcySO
– HogStats.com (@HogStats) January 10, 2017
The 3 Stars feature was started on Twitter in January 2016. For 2017 the 3 Stars have been moved onto the website so we can share the details with you as well as the photos. Visit our 3 Stars archive to see which of your favourite referees and umpires made the news last year.
Stay tuned next week to see who, or what, is making the news in the world of sports officials. See you then!
3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today
Week 1 January 06
Week 3 January 20
Week 4 January 27
Week 5 February 03
Week 6 February 10
Week 07 February 17
Week 08 February 24
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