Let’s get one thing straight: American University is not bad at sports.
We’re a D1 school that has won sixty-seven Patriot League championships.
Thus, we must ask ourselves as a school—why are our athletic events, and the low attendance of them, running jokes for the student body?
In a way, referees are like actors.
Now that is not to say that referees are phonies, although there may be some that beg to differ.
What I mean is that like actors, who have to sell themselves as characters so that the audience considers them as their respective characters rather than as the actors they are, referees have to sell themselves as effective arbiters of the rules of the game, in this case basketball.
In intramural basketball, it is especially important to sell yourself as a referee, considering you are officiating colleagues that may know you from class or that see you on the quad.
Winning makes a difference at American University, and everyone is having fun.
“I don’t know if fun is the right word,” men’s basketball Head Coach Mike Brennan said.