I say it again and again, the fall sports season is the best.

And again and again, officiating continues to factor into key games.

I say it again and again, the fall sports season is the best.
And again and again, officiating continues to factor into key games.
Officials are some of the most dedicated people in the sports world. They have to make tough decisions in a split second. An occasional official, however, seeks to be the center of attention in big games.
That approach to officiating goes through me. They have the power to control the rhythm and flow of the game. Good officials are the ones who people don’t remember.
Games can be poorly played, which is a tough situation for officials. I do struggle though when two top playoff teams have 20-plus penalties called in a game. In football, holding could be called on nearly every play.
At the college and professional levels, technology has made officials more accountable for their actions, but high school officials need to understand their role, just as the coaches and players understand theirs. It is crucial for everyone to keep their egos in check and just let the kids play.
• It’s a tough time for everyone in the Blue Springs High School family. Slade Morlang, associate principal and ex-Wildcat assistant football coach, passed away.
It has been a tremendous blow to all who knew him - he was a GREAT person. Slade coached with me for years, and I feel like a member of my family has died.
He was tremendous with young people and had a kind word for everyone. He was a person who just made you smile.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Slade’s wife and son. He lived his life to help young people become better. He will be missed but never forgotten.
• My quote of the week is from Henry Ward Beecher: “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else.”