A company makes a shirt about Mark Cuban’s criticism towards referees.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is back in the media again for you guessed it, criticizing referees. It is almost a favorite past time of Cuban, and a personal guilty pleasure of mine because I find his insight to be informative and his vitriol entertaining.
But he isn’t criticizing NBA referees this time so he doesn’t have to worry about any fines coming his way. These comments were directed at college referees in a longer and rather accurate criticism of college basketball as a whole.
“The referees couldn’t manage a White Castle. Seriously, the college game is more physical than the NBA game, and the variation in how it’s called from game to game [is a problem],” Cuban said, via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
I’m eagerly awaiting to see whether or not this will end in Cuban managing a White Castle like what happened with his famous Dairy Queen comments once upon a time. Back in 2002 Cuban said he wouldn’t hire the head of officiating to manage a Dairy Queen and ended up working in one himself for a day.
Cuban has also criticized referees lately in the NBA ranks recently for the lack of calls guard Monta Ellis receives and invited fans to do so as well.
So in response to Cuban’s latest comments, one savvy Canadian apparel company named TrueRivalry is trying to capitalize on the trend by making a shirt to support Cuban and his crusade against bad officiating.
They’ve released a shirt that reads asks the referee not to blow the game. Something Wisconsin fans can relate to after getting that out-of-bounds call wrong late in the National Championship game.
As a Dallas native and a Mavericks fan I find the shirt incredibly appealing and it brings back memories of a playoff series roughly a decade ago against the Sacramento Kings or the 2006 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat when the foul calls seemed to be a little lop-sided one way.
But that is another rant for another day.