The 13-year-old had an away basketball game today.
It started out well enough, a very low-scoring game; at halftime I believe it was a whopping 7 to 5.
In the 4th quarter, though, things got heated. The score was tied. The teams were trading the lead.
All of this could only mean one thing:
emotional parental overinvolvement from the stands.
As the boys played their hearts out, the boys gave it everything they had... and so did their dads.
"What do you mean, out on blue. It was CLEARLY out on red!!"
"Are you kidding me? How is that not a TECHNICAL?!!"
"Seriously? His foot was a foot behind the 3-point line!!"
The ref kept his composure, didn't miss a beat.
During a time-out the ref casually wandered over to the stands. He gave a friendly, sideways glance to the vocal Dads and remarked, quite casually: "hey, guys. Quite a fan base here. I appreciate the help."
Everyone burst out laughing. And that was that.
Could there have been any better way to approach the situation, I ask you?