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Who’s Streak is Better? Ripken or the Ref?


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NBA official Dick Bavetta has now refereed as many consecutive games as Cal Ripken played. Who’s streak is more impressive? Ripken’s? Or the Ref’s?

Voicing the unpopular opinion, I debated a few other contributors to  See some of what we call a “Sound and Fury” right here.

Joe Bianchino: Cal Ripken’s iron man streak is incredibly impressive, and the long-time Oriole deserves every bit of the acclaim he’s received over the years.  He’s a legend of baseball and deserves to be remembered as such.

However, he’s a legend of baseball.  We’re not talking about hockey or football.  It’s baseball.  You spend 50% of your time on the field scratching your various naughty places, and another 25% going ham on some double bubble in the dugout.  I know there were double headers and he was hit by pitches and spiked while turning a double play, but give Bavetta some credit. Dude runs  up and down a court for 48 minutes night in and night out.

I’m sorry, but I think I lean the ref’s way.

Junior: You are an idiot.  He could ostensibly perform his ref duties from the prone position on the scorer’s table.  Hell, even I could NOT call travelling for 48 minutes from my couch at home.  Seriously, you’re asking me to heap praise on a dude who’s big bio entry now will be that he has been showing up to work for several days in a row.  Woo.  Freaking.  Hoo.

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