The Whistleblower : Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball

By: Katz, BobMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Lebanon : University Press of New England, 2015Description: 1 online resource (233 p.)ISBN: 9781611687101Subject(s): Basketball -- Betting -- United States | Gambling -- United States | Sports betting -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Whistleblower : Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College BasketballDDC classification: 796.2323/0973 LOC classification: GV887.7Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title Page; Contents; Introduction: The Invisible Gorilla; The One We Want on the Road; In a Very Partisan Place; Worst F**king Ref in the World!; Cotton Fields Back Home; One Tough Bracket; To the Next Level; Total Quality Control; Photo Section; Screens from Every Angle; The Paradox of Video Review; The Road to Assembly Hall; Disputed Call in Overtime; Rooting for the Ref; The Whistleblower; Acknowledgments
Summary: A riveting tour of college basketball, guided by an unlikely sports hero: the referee
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Cover; Title Page; Contents; Introduction: The Invisible Gorilla; The One We Want on the Road; In a Very Partisan Place; Worst F**king Ref in the World!; Cotton Fields Back Home; One Tough Bracket; To the Next Level; Total Quality Control; Photo Section; Screens from Every Angle; The Paradox of Video Review; The Road to Assembly Hall; Disputed Call in Overtime; Rooting for the Ref; The Whistleblower; Acknowledgments

A riveting tour of college basketball, guided by an unlikely sports hero: the referee

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A referee's life can be difficult. When they perform well they are invisible. And when they make a decisive call, they can become the most-hated person in the arena. One "mistake" can be talked about for years, yet they never have the opportunity to defend their decisions. Sportswriter Katz (Third and Long), a lifelong college basketball fan, spent a season shadowing Ed Hightower, a notable college basketball referee within the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA, in order to understand how referees do their jobs. Katz watched the games Hightower officiated and spoke candidly with him and other referees about what it takes to officiate in the high-stakes world of college basketball. Along the way, Katz tells Hightower's life story, from his hardscrabble upbringing in rural Missouri to becoming the superintendent of an Illinois school district. This book provides a rare, intimate glimpse into the lives, thoughts, and actions of referees: how they see the game and why they make or do not make a call. The author finds that a superlative referee is impartial, decisive, and most of all must possess an "x-factor" that is almost impossible to describe. VERDICT Recommended for college basketball fans and sports fan in general.-Jason Martin, Stetson Univ. Lib., DeLand, FL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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BOB KATZ has written on sports and culture for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. His previous books include Third and Long, a Sports Illustrated "summer reads" pick, and Elaine's Circle.

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