Answers to yesterday’s You Are the Ref

If you missed the quiz yesterday, take a look. Below are the answers courtesy Keith Hackett and the UK’s Guardian.

Keith Hackett’s verdict

1) Tricky. The striker may have faked the whole thing to put the keeper off, but you’d have to be very sure before taking action against him. Technically, he has taken the kick in one movement and scored a valid penalty and the keeper should not have dropped his guard – so award the goal. Thanks to Philip Hawthorn.
2) The manager can indeed replace him in the starting line-up with one of his named substitutes. It just means that his side now has one fewer substitute. Calm everyone down before starting the game and include full details in your report.
3) Award a penalty for deliberate handball – and caution one of the two players for the offence. This is one piece of advice referees often give to defensive walls – it’s fine to deliberately make themselves larger by jumping when the kick is taken, but if their hands are raised in the process the dangers are obvious.

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You Are the Ref

It has been a long while since we posted a You Are the Ref, from the UK’s Guardian, created by Keith Hackett and artist Paul Trevillion. Long overdue, Here is a teaser for you. We’ll post the answer tomorrow.

STOP Sports Injuries Specialization Tweet

Our partners at STOP Sports Injuries tweeted an important message about kids only playing one sport:

Athletes can excel in the classroom too

One of our favorites, the Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer, loves to spotlight the good in high school sports. While he covers the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, we’re certain this his uplifting message will be appreciated by all, no matter where you are.

“There were nine mistakes ahead of me”

That was the comment made by former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen when he fell to the #10 pick in the draft. We probably won’t know for years whether he can back those words up, but you have to admire his motivation.

What will we do now?

The NCAA Tournament, our self-proclaimed best three weeks in sports, is over. Yes, the MLB is here and that’s great, but what’s the next BIG thing?. Well, beginning tomorrow the biggest golf tournament of the year begins and then a week from today one our favorite month-long sporting events, the NHL playoffs drop the puck! It’s always a great time to be a sports fan!

Quote for Friday

Something to keep in mind if you hit the links this fine spring weekend:

“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” – Mark Twain