i've been thinking that some times we have situations that don't fit into the 'best story of the week' thread, because they aren't good. To kick it off, we had a referee assaulted last night. A player, celebrating what proved to be the winning goal, began taunting the opponents. The referee on the team benches side issued him a red card. The player went berserk. He pushed the referee, twice, before his teammates and coach were able to physically control him. He wanted to continue attacking the referee. When he got to the bench, he still didn't calm down and had to be removed from the bench by his coach. I did one of this team's games back in early September and I can't say I'm surprised. His team made the playoffs. The state high school association takes assaults and abuse of game officials very seriously. The player will be suspended from all high school sports and activities until he and his principal or athletic director appear, in person, at the next meeting of their executive board. The board will then determine the size of the fine to the school. I believe the range is $500 to $1,000. About five or six years ago, we had a soccer player who assaulted an official. He skipped the meeting with the executive board, leaving the humiliated AD to attend by himself. Not surprisingly, the fine was $1,000 and the suspension was continued indefinitely. And also last night we had the goalkeeper of a small, very elite private school (not a parochial school) red carded for abusive language directed to the referee. This was a fairly meaningless last game of the regular season, playing a much larger school's team, more or less as a tune up before the playoffs begin. This team is ranked #1 in the state in their size of schools and has won many, many state championships. You can pretty much pencil them in to play in the championship game every year. The goalkeeper is a very large person POC, much larger than any other player on the team. I know because I had them in a game the day before. The language continued even after the keeper reached the bench. "I don't care. You're still the worst referee ever!" They will now miss their first playoff game. Oh, did I mention that this was a girls' game? Last games of the high school regular season can be a real challenge and, IMHO, most referees are caught by surprise.