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Friday, February 15, 2008

No Girls Allowed!

Wow...

A high school near Topeka Kansas (St. Mary's Acadamy) was scheduled to play a basketball game the other day. 10 minutes before tip-off they noticed that one of the officials was a woman. They decided to pull their kids off the floor.

The school actually said they could not have a woman call the game because it would put her in a position of authority over the male students and that was against the academy’s beliefs.

The official, Michelle Campbell, decided to simply walk off the floor herself and left. The other official followed her. When they tried to find a replacement, Fred Shockey said, "there was no way I was going to work those games. I have been led by some of the finest women this nation has to offer and there was no way I was going to go along with that.”

There are plenty of jokes that could be said here. But the truth is, if she was a qualified official, then I think she deserves to be able to call the game. Violet Palmer has demonstrated that women can effectively officiating at the highest level. Heck - with all the horribles calls in the Big East and the Big Ten, maybe they should consider hiring a few female offials. However... if the woman was dressed like this, than I suspect it was a good thing they pulled those kids off the floor.

Hat Tip: CampusProgress.org