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Gary Grovena, a longtime referee and officials recruiter from Tinley Park, executes a holding signal. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
12:16 am CDT July 11, 2019

I don’t know when and how the tradition of booing and yelling at umpires and referees started, but it did many decades ago and we may be paying the price now.

Think about it. What other authority figure gets to get chewed out and called vile names by large groups of people and have it be socially acceptable?

Sure, people yell at cops, judges, teachers, bosses, politicians and others in authority. But it’s generally not accepted.