Hey, ref, how about some active voice!

Hey, ref, how about some active voice!

Football referees plus open mikes doth not a recipe make for eloquence.

In fact, the official emerging from the replay hood with his hand at his waist to turn on the mike to announce the results to the crowd more often than not boobs awkwardly all over himself with unnecessary words and twisted explanations.

For example, I heard one guy in a college game today rule on an instant replay.  His soliloquy into the open mike sounded something like this:

“After further review, the call on the field is confirmed: Touchdown.”

Ugh!

Why not use active voice, ref?

“Video review confirms the call on the field: Touchdown.”

So much more direct, efficient.

Here’s to rhetorical reform among officials in the NCAA and the NFL!

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