The Official Forum  

Go Back   The Official Forum > Basketball

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Mon Nov 08, 2004, 07:14pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Glendale, AZ
Posts: 1,023
Newspaper story on a guy who will this year:

http://www.southbendtribune.com/stor...ady_for_li.sto

Quote:

"I'm going to continue my boys schedule and college," said Babcock, who will be an extremely busy man this winter. "Down the road, I want to exclusively work for the ABA and just travel."
You gotta hope the ABA is still around down the road, Larry. And that they actually pay you. I've heard of some folks who've been stiffed.

Good luck, though. Hope it works out. They've got some odd rules in that league, it would be tough to keep it all straight if you do a bunch of levels.
__________________
"And I'm not just some fan, I've refereed football and basketball in addition to all the baseball I've umpired. I've never made a call that horrible in my life in any sport."---Greatest. Official. Ever.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Mon Nov 08, 2004, 10:58pm
certified Hot Mom tester
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: only in my own mind, such as it is
Posts: 12,918
Unhappy

I spoke twice with the GM of the new Portland ABA team about being the PA announcer for their home games. Never heard back, though. Too bad - that would have been cool.
__________________
Yom HaShoah
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Mon Nov 08, 2004, 11:09pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Glendale, AZ
Posts: 1,023
What I don't get is how the guy works full-time at officiating during the winter, does 8-12 games a week, and has a wife and two kids.

I mean, let's say you can get even $50 a game on average, which is probably a little high if you're working that many games a week, since they probably won't all be varsity. That's maybe $500 a week. Considering your expenses it's less than that.

I can't even get by on that, and I'm single. Never mind putting the ABA and travel on top of that, since Chicago's the only close ABA team to him.

jr, have you had any problems? Have you done the league for a while, or are you just starting in it?

Mark, not surprising. They've got issues in Portland.
__________________
"And I'm not just some fan, I've refereed football and basketball in addition to all the baseball I've umpired. I've never made a call that horrible in my life in any sport."---Greatest. Official. Ever.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Tue Nov 09, 2004, 07:43am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 377
He's got a 2 yr. old and a 6 month old, and his wife gave him the okay to hit the road. I've just got one question, does she have a sister?

Seriously, stories like this encourage me to stay focused. I too have high aspirations, but I don't know if I would take a full time refereeing gig right now (not that anyone's offerring).
__________________
Luther
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Fri Nov 12, 2004, 02:26pm
rtr rtr is offline
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 1
ABA

The season is ready... and so are the refs! It's gonna be a great ride with 1st class players, new innovative rules, well trained refs - and lots of local fan excitement!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Sat Nov 13, 2004, 12:07am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 8
Hey I think it is great his wife let's him go. Think about it how many of our wives would even let us "consider", kids or no kids, doing anything like that. Besides that, over and back are you saying that just because he is married and has kids he can't ref pro ball. How many guys in pro ball have kids? Think about it....What do yo have against this guy? Maybe that he has had more success than you. Don't knock this guy. He is one of our brothers. He is in our brotherin of officials. Be happy for him and know that things will work. I commend his wife for understanding how important officiating is to him. jr.....Do you think the ABA Director of Officials would like to hear you talking negative about one of your own? Just a thought.....Watch your tounge, you never know who is looking....After reading the article he is full time and your on the associate.....He may have a little more than you and you never know how close he is with the director of officiating.....Just a thought.the officiating grapevine sucks to get a bad rap in.....
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Sat Nov 13, 2004, 10:49pm
jr jr is offline
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 91
betweenthelines:

if you would reread my post, i don't think i 'bad-rapped' one of my fellow aba officials at all...in fact, i commend him for knowing what he wants to do for a career and going for it...again, his goal is to get to the nba, and he is doing everything he can to try and get to his goal...
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Sat Nov 13, 2004, 11:26pm
Do not give a damn!!
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: On the border
Posts: 28,903
Did it ever occur to anyone that this official was able to tell his wife what he wants and she does not want to stand in his way? I think the reason most official cannot convince their wives or girlfriends, they probably started officiating well after they were married or had kids. This guy is young and I am sure his wife knew of this dream before he got to this point in his officiating career. I know a lot of officials who have spouses that are on board with their dreams in officiating. Just because there are some that are hostile to officiating, does not mean that applies to everyone.

Peace
__________________
"When the phone does not ring, the assignor is calling."
--Black

Charles Michael “Mick” Chambers (1947-2010)
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Sun Nov 14, 2004, 01:27am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 2,910
My wife is completely supportive of my officiating. She even brings my 2-year old son to many of my games, complete with his little Honig's ref shirt on. If college officiating was a dream of mine, she'd support that too. Marriage is a partnership no?

Z
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Sun Nov 14, 2004, 01:52am
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 28
Here's a different twist on the spousal support topic. My wife just got the high school basketball beat for the local newspaper so she will have to go to more games than I will have to officiate! Sure hope she doesn't have to write that "the officials sucked tonight" in an article!

The bottom line is BALANCE and COMMUNICATION. We all have to balance officiating with our larger lives and allow our significant others to be an intergral part of our decisions through good communication.

Ken
__________________
Ken Gruber
[email protected]

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old Sun Nov 14, 2004, 05:20pm
Official Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 1,453
Quote:
Originally posted by zebraman
My wife is completely supportive of my officiating. She even brings my 2-year old son to many of my games, complete with his little Honig's ref shirt on. If college officiating was a dream of mine, she'd support that too. Marriage is a partnership no?

Z
I agree. My wife completely supports my officiating -- right down to the point of taking my check! She likes the fact that I get a fair amount of exercise, but cautions me not to do too many games too many nights of the week (I am 61 years young). I like to officiate.
__________________
Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:34am.



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0 RC1