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    Washington Refs Face Ban for Pink Whistles

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    Washington referees may face ban for charity pink whistles

    By Cameron Smith

    A group of high school football officials in Washington state were trying to support breast cancer research while working this week's games, so they made a pledge to donate all game checks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Then, to top off the charitable gesture, they announced they would all use pink whistles during the games. Now there's a chance those whistles could cost the refs a chance to work state playoff games.

    According to KING 5 News and the Associated Press, officials who are part of the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association who worked games on Thursday night were informed by the chair of the Washington Officials Association that they could face a two-game suspension for using pink whistles. The playoff ban is possible because the colored whistles violate the uniform protocol for state high school officials. Those uniforms allegedly call for black whistles only, and the WOA claims that no officials asked for permission to use pink whistles for their designated charity games.

    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.

    Considering that the referees were already donating one game check to charity, that would leave them with three fewer checks than in a typical season.

    Meanwhile, MyNorthwest.com is reporting the PNFOA 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."

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    The whole thing's pretty silly. Not sure how using pink whistles is advancing the fight against breast cancer. The donating the check was nice, props there, but all this wearing pink you see nowadays has me wondering sometimes. I am just nuts or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood P. View Post
    The whole thing's pretty silly. Not sure how using pink whistles is advancing the fight against breast cancer. The donating the check was nice, props there, but all this wearing pink you see nowadays has me wondering sometimes. I am just nuts or what?
    You're not nuts. How about some awareness for prostate cancer though? Wear/use some blue items for that every now and then. I know far more people affected by that than by breast cancer, and it doesn't seem to get a fraction of the attention that breast cancer gets. I'm not at all saying that breast cancer awareness is not important, just trying to say that prostate cancer should be every bit as important.

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    Don't the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association have anything else to be worried about than what color whistles the officials are wearing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Interceptor View Post
    You're not nuts. How about some awareness for prostate cancer though? Wear/use some blue items for that every now and then. I know far more people affected by that than by breast cancer, and it doesn't seem to get a fraction of the attention that breast cancer gets. I'm not at all saying that breast cancer awareness is not important, just trying to say that prostate cancer should be every bit as important.
    Breast cancer is by far the best marketed cause out there. I am not criticizing...just stating that they do a beyond amazing job. I read a short time ago that more men die from prostate cancer than women do breast cancer. Maybe noone wants to talk about prostate area.

    Oh...as for the article...this has nothing to do with breast cancer and people will try to piggy back on that angle to make the administrators look like assholes. If you let the officials make a change without first seeking permission (which I am sure they would have gotten without issue had they asked) next thing you have players wearing whatever they want, whenever they want. Can't wait to see the bandanas worn on the OUTSIDE of the helmets.
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    I'm all for the "Save The Titties" campaign but I'm at a loss as to what pink whistles have to do with it?........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkstar View Post
    I'm all for the "Save The Titties" campaign but I'm at a loss as to what pink whistles have to do with it?........
    Makes the people using the whistles feel like they're making a difference, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Interceptor View Post
    You're not nuts. How about some awareness for prostate cancer though? Wear/use some blue items for that every now and then.
    I'm thinking brown would be a more appropriate colour for that cause?

    But, yeah, there should be more awareness of it.

 

 

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