February 24, 2005
STU BYKOFSKY'S comparison of those seeking a smoking ban to Nazis ("Nutter, Street & Nicotine Nazis blowing smoke again," Feb. 17) is inappropriate and offensive. Regardless of Mr. Bykofsky's view of whether restrictions should be imposed on smokers in public accommodations, his linkage is insensitive and painful. Such a comparison trivializes the bestiality and horror of the actions of the Nazi regime and its leaders, and dishonors the memory of 6 million Jews and others who perished during the Nazi campaign of genocide, which has no parallel in history.
February 11, 2005 |
The referee who took bribes to fix games was suspended by the German Soccer Federation yesterday in the country's worst corruption scandal in the sport in more than 30 years. The federation said Robert Hoyzer's suspension was for "unsportsmanlike conduct. " He has admitted rigging four games in return for $85,000 from a gambling syndicate led by three Croatian brothers, who have been arrested. He tried to manipulate two other games without success, and in one game his help wasn't needed.
January 31, 1987 |
Charles Barkley is about to tread on sacred ground in the NBA. The 76ers' forward last night said he intends to file a complaint with the league office saying that referee Mike Mathis has been "unfair" to him and that Mathis has "held a grudge. " Mathis, a veteran official who worked the Sixers' victory over Cleveland at the Spectrum Wednesday night, has handled five games involving the Sixers this season. He ejected Barkley from a game in Atlanta last season, then ejected him again Wednesday night "for unsportsmanlike conduct.
February 12, 2008 |
There was a referees' meeting at the Fox Chase Soccer Club last night. Meetings usually last about an hour. Talking about schedules, pay, mistakes and ways to correct them. But this meeting was different. Walt Fleming, nearly 89 years old but remarkably spry, was being honored for his dedication to soccer in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. And he was surprised. "They usually have meetings on Mondays, but I wasn't going. I'm retired. My grandson told me that he was buying equipment," Fleming said, laughing but still in shock.
June 1, 1992 |
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge I. Raymond Kremer is no stranger to the debate over judicial campaign fund-raising. As the longtime chairman of the state trial judges ethics committee, he's helped referee the debate. That committee filled the void created when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court directed the state Judicial and Inquiry Review Board in 1984 to stop giving judges advice on the murky code covering their own political fund-raising. The code sets rules for conduct during an election, but says nothing about post-election activity.
May 15, 2002 |
Bob McElwee, a 26-year NFL official from Haddonfield, N.J., won the first annual Art McNally award for commitment to sportsmanship, professionalism and leadership. The winner was selected by commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the NFL officiating department. The award was presented to McElwee at the annual meeting of NFL referees, head coaches and coordinators in Houston. Art McNally, a Philadelphia native, is a former NFL official and the league's longtime supervisor of officials who now serves as assistant supervisor.
March 12, 1994 |
Articulate and acrid, the unhappy Chasseur family - father Lloyd (Kevin Spacey), mother Caroline (Judy Davis) and delinquent son Jesse (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.) - are in desperate need of a referee. The marriage counselor in their postcard-perfect Connecticut town is unequipped for passing rulings on a union this far gone. "I'm not here to judge or to take sides," understanding Dr. Wong tells the bickering couple. "Then what good are you!" Caroline spits back. No, the Chasseurs' only hope is "The Ref" (Denis Leary)
January 8, 1997 |
Larry Nicholson was the top player on one of the city's better basketball teams and was being eyed by several Division I colleges. Now he's in trouble. One minute yesterday, Nicholson, a 6-4 senior forward at Murrell Dobbins Tech, was competing against Girard Academic Music Program in the first quarter of a Public League game at Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Jackson streets, in South Philadelphia. The next, he was sucker-punching a referee in the face and was being led away in handcuffs.
November 22, 1997
Remember when "the fans went wild," meant they leaped to their feet in excitement? Nowadays at Veterans Stadium, football fans going wild means everything from pot smoking at the 700 level to beating up supporters of the opposing team in the restrooms. It has become so bad, letter writers to these pages and callers to sports radio stations say the Vet is unsafe for children during Eagles games. Tomorrow, during the Eagles-Steelers matchup, comes a long overdue crackdown.
August 9, 2012 |
MANCHESTER, England - Abby Wambach was counting. Out loud. Within earshot of the referee. That's how medals are won, with moments such as those. A wily veteran using a subtle tactic to get the ref to make a call no one ever makes, one that turns the match around. When the game for the gold is all there's left to play, it's usually fitting to immediately sweep away the underbrush that preceded it. Not this time. The United States' semifinal win over Canada in the Olympic women's soccer tournament was so dramatic - and produced such fiery accusations of bias against the referee from the Canadians - that it's taking some extra time to digest it all. "It's definitely draining," U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe said Tuesday before boarding the bus to London, where the Americans will play Japan in the Olympic final on Thursday.