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3 Stars 2017 Week 08

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Week 08
February 24, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 08

 


  1. Laurine Delforge FieldHockey Umpire
  2. John Higgins Basketball Referee
  3. Harry Shearer Simpson’s Softball Umpire Voice

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This week was a special one at the Baseball Hall of Fame. An episode of The Simpson’s called ‘Homer at the Bat’ became the first TV episode to ever be honoured with an induction into the Hall of Fame. The ground breaking episode aired on February 20, 1992 and has since become a cultural phenomenon. When I saw this story in the 101 search feeds, I thought it would be fun to find out who the umpire was in the big game. The umpire character has no name in the episode but the voice credit is given to Harry Shearer, who is also the voice of Lenny Leonard. This post is so unique that it just had to get 3rd Star for the week.



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John Higgins is recognized by coaches, players and fans as one of the top basketball officials in the game today. One of the busiest refs in the NCAA, Higgins is a business owner and a family man. He took some time to appear in this TV interview and share a bit about life as a college basketball referee. For this great interview, John Higgins gets 2nd Star for Week 08



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The sport of Field Hockey has a number of elite level umpires and winning the FIH Female Umpiring Award is very high praise indeed. Laurine Delforge won the sports’ top umpiring honour at the Hockey Stars 2016 extravaganza held in India this week. After a very successful season, including her appearance at the Rio Olympics, Delforge earned her award in a strong field of candidates. For this, Laurine Delforge gets 1st Star for Week 08



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3 Stars 2017 Week 07

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Week 07
February 17, 2017


 3 Stars Week 07


  1. Mark Clattenburg Football Referee
  2. Dickie Bird Cricket Umpire
  3. The Love Collection

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It was Valentine’s Day on February 14th. A day to celebrate the love in our lives. I have spent most of the last couple of months updating and building pages at the website, and Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to introduce The Love Collection. With all the negative posts on the internet about sports officials, I thought it would be fun to create a page showing the love in the lives of referees and umpires. This page of weddings and proud mamas and papas gets 3rd Star for the week.



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 Harold Dennis ‘Dickie’ Bird is a retired international cricket umpire from England. After many years as a player and coach, Bird had a long and colourful career as one of the most famous cricket umpires of all time, including 3 World Cup appearances. This week, the museum in his hometown of Barnsley, Yorkshire, is opening an exhibit to celebrate his achievements, and for that reason, Dickie Bird gets 2nd Star.  



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After officiating in the 2016 FA Cup Final, the UEFA Champions League Final, the EURO 2016 Final and winning the Globe Soccer Awards Referee of the Year, there is little dispute that Mark Clattenburg is currently the top football referee in the world. After some speculation earlier in the week that he was going to leave the English Premier League and PGMOL to officiate for MLS Soccer in North America, the football world was shocked at the announcement that Clattenburg would become the Head of Referees for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. For this career move, Mark Clattenburg gets 1st Star for this week.



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3 Stars 2017 Week 06

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Week 06
February 10, 2017


3 Stars Week 6


  1. Carl Cheffers NFL Football Referee
  2. Howard Webb MLS VAR Boss
  3. Robonaut NASA Robot

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Umpire and referee weddings were big this week. There were 3 weddings in one week. I think there were only 3 weddings in the past year. It was also the Super Bowl on Sunday, so this week has a couple of party favours. Party posts always catch my eye for the 3rd Star, whether they are wedding parties or tailgaters, but this week, I saw this little feature about the NASA Robot doing football signals before the Super Bowl. We hardly ever get posts with robots in them, so NASA gets the 3rd Star.



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Howard Webb is one of the most recognizable referees in the world. He recently released his autobiography in a book called The Man in the Middle. I haven’t read the book myself, but by all reports, it is a great read. Last month Webb caused a stir when he visited the PRO offices, but no announcements were made at the time. However, this week, it was announced that Howard Webb was hired by PRO to oversee the implementation of the VAR, or Video Assistant Referee, for the 2017 MLS soccer season. For this, Howard Webb gets the 2nd Star.



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As I mentioned above, it was Super Bowl Sunday for NFL Football this past week. Super Bowl 51 was an incredible game with a record setting, Tom Brady led comeback, that required the first ever overtime period to win the game. The game was watched by millions. Every play was carefully scrutinized and the pressure on referee Carl Cheffers and his crew was enormous. For calling a great game, and being able to slip away hardly noticed by the masses, Carl Cheffers gets 1st Star.


3 Stars 2017 Week 05

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Week 05
February 03, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 5


  1. Alison Hughes Tennis Umpire
  2. Rasta Rasivhenge Rugby Referee
  3. Umpire Cake

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Umpire Cake. This FIH welcome cake was made to welcome Jason McCracken and Craig Gribble to headquarters as they begin their new international duties.



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 Rasta Rasivhenge Rugby Referee. Co-winner of the World Rugby Referee of the Year Award, Rasivhenge sits down for an interview and share his enthusiasm and passion for the sport of rugby.



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 Alison Hughes Tennis Umpire. When Serena Williams and Venus Williams made it to the Finals at the Australian Open this week, tournament officials needed one of the best tennis chair umpires to watch over the match. They turned to the British veteran Alison Hughes. From the best seat in the house, she watched Serena beat Venus 6-4, 6-4 for her 23rd Grand Slam title.



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3 Stars 2017 Week 04

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Week 04
January 27, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 4


  1. Darren Spurgeon Hockey
  2. Women in Baseball
  3. Halfling Referee

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3rd Star goes to the Halfling Referee post made by the Circus of Paint twitter account shows the Blood Bowl Referee figurine from Forge World. Always on the lookout for the weird, wacky and wonderful in the world of sports officials, this post was a no brainer for a geek fan of the Fantasy genre.



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Women in Baseball was tweeted by The Wendelstedt Umpire School. They make a very good point wondering why people just assume that being a baseball umpire is a ‘Man’s Job’. There are female umpires in baseball and they are working hard to learn and move through the ranks. Most sports are struggling to make real progress with gender bias, and baseball is no exception, but women of sports should know that they are not alone and the battle is being won every day in communities around the world.



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