High school refs may be punished for supporting cancer research

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month right now and a lot of people are doing a lot of good things to support research. One example comes from Washington where a group of high school refs decided to donate their playoff paychecks to breast cancer research – while using pink whistles. Unfortunately, Todd Stordahl, chair of the Washington Officials Association, wants to be a stupid prick.

The chair of the WOA, Todd Stordahl, told KING 5 News and MyNorthwest.com he has little choice but to discipline officials who used colored whistles. He claims that letting them continue without punishment would send the wrong message to student athletes.

“They chose not to ask for permission, not to go the right route,” Stordahl told KING 5. “It sends the wrong message to kids that are playing the game. ‘If they broke the rules why can’t I do the same.'”

Though no discipline has been decided upon, Stordahl indicated it was likely that pink whistle-blowing officials would be suspended for two playoff games. That would not only keep the referees from working at the annual pinnacle of their sport, but also cost them two game checks.

Ha. The wrong message? The wrong message?! How about this message, Stordahl:

Your mundane, stupid, silly, trivial, unimportant, meaningless rules don’t fucking matter. You’re taking money away from breast cancer research. How about you ask all those high school athletes with relatives with breast cancer if this is what they want? Ask them in 25 years if they feel they learned a valuable lesson from an asshole like you.

Fortunately, the refs aren’t backing down:

Meanwhile, MyNorthwest.com is reporting the PNFOA (Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association) is arguing the dress code for officials does not technically specify that only black whistles be used, which means any suspensions would be unwarranted. That follows a Tuesday PNFOA meeting in which the group’s president, Mike Livingston, said the board voted unanimously to use the colored whistles, regardless of penalty.

The officials themselves seem to be on board with the PNFOA decision, due to a commitment the referees felt to both breast cancer awareness and each other. There’s little indication that the threat that came Thursday night from the WOA will keep them from using the pink whistles they intended.

“A lot of the guys in the association have been touched by breast cancer in some way,” referee Jeff Mattson told MyNorthwest.com. “So we decided to take on the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”

It’s plainly sad that it’s actually necessary for anyone to delve into the legal minutiae in order to win this argument against that scumbag Todd Stordahl. We’re talking about human lives. I hope Stordahl gets fired.

Stordahl’s email: tstordahl@woa-officials.com

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5 Responses

  1. I sent the following email to him:

    Todd Stordahl,

    Your threat to discipline referees is taking money away from breast cancer research.

    You can spin and twist this all you want, but most of the world will see you as evil for this.

    Shame on you. You need to think about your actions

  2. Lovingly email Mr. Stordahl at tstordahl@woa-officials.com to express your disagreement with his decision!

  3. I don’t think you really thought this one through.

    Since there’s “no such thing as bad publicity” I would guess that interest would be increased if they were suspended rather than if they just did nothing to these refs. In that sense suspending them is likely to generate more media coverage and donations etc and thus increase funding for research.

    I might send an e-mail encouraging the suspensions.

  4. Some people live in a backwards bizarro screwed up world with ethics turned the wrong way.

  5. I don’t believe that there is a direct correlation between funding and research success for one thing. If that were the case than we could solve almost anything given enough money. Funding has an effect but not such a huge one as scholarship and time.

    If your upset that X amount of money for this cause would be lost by these suspensions than your most likely wrong. If your goal was to gain a bit more funding than that goal is really better served by a media frenzy.

    I’m not going to write any e-mails of course, because I’m not that interested in the outcome. If I were to write one it would be suggesting that they grant them an exception to this rule whose goal is uniformity among the officials. Or perhaps for them to offer a matching donation in exchange for them using the required whistles. Both of which would be better outcomes than either just letting them do what they want or suspending them.

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