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Hey ref ... give it a rest

It's time for basketball refs everywhere to put away their egos and give their whistles a rest, writes Pat Forde.

Updated: April 17, 2007, 2:07 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

As I've stated before in this space, I hate people who complain about the refs.

Perhaps this is an exercise in self-hatred then. Because I'm here today to complain about the refs.

Basketball refs, in particular.

Joey Crawford's pugnacious ejection this week of Tim Duncan (of all people) for laughing (of all things) forced a re-evaluation. I still have almost no tolerance for fans mewling about how their team got screwed by the refs. But some of the basketball officiating this ...

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