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Posted on December 18, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Editor’s note: If you get a wicked sense of déjà vu reading this column don’t call your doctor. Karl Lindholm wrote this gem in December 1998 and we ran it again in order to give Karl a chance to catch his breath after he rushed back from Africa.

Ted Williams was wrong. Hitting a baseball is not the hardest task in sports. Reffing a basketball game is.

A few years back, I made a foolish decision. I agreed to become a basketball referee — not a real ref, a certified official, but far worse. I agreed to officiate games in the Middlebury Adult Men’s League in which I had played for nearly 15 years.

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