Week after week, someone, somewhere, will have said it loudly. “It’s all the refs fault we lost”! I can understand why some or a lot of people think exactly that. It’s usually late in a game that either a penalty was called or should have been called, that fans feel the need to blame the refs for their team’s loss. I myself have been guilty of that in the past too. But, since I’ve had the privilege of working with an official for a year now, my attitude and thought process has changed. It’s never the last play of the game that determines the final outcome of the game. As crazy as that sounds, I believe that to be true. There are so many other plays during the entire game that determine the outcome, not just the last plays. If your team hadn’t missed a block in the first quarter, the running back would have run for a touchdown. Had your receiver not dropped a pass, had your linebacker made the tackle for loss, and so on, etc. Remember, these refs are men and women too. Doing a job they love and sometimes get paid very little to do. So the next time you get ready to blame it on the ref, stop yourself, cause it’s not his fault.