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Penalty, No Penalty Some of the Really Bad Calls by the Replacement Referees in the NFL By Dan Rattiner


re you ready for some, er, football? Before the season began, the commentators told us that the NFL, after an unsuccessful attempt to resolve a contract dispute with the referees, had locked the referees out and hired replacement referees. Everything would be perfectly fine. How hard could it be? Turns out to have been, so far, really, really hard. I watched two games over last weekend. In one game, there was a fumble, which was pounced upon by at least 10 different guys. A big pile was thus created. Someone was hanging onto the ball at the bottom. But who? To find

out, the referees ran over and began to peel off one after another of the players on the top. But as they were doing this, apparently one of the bigger players succeeded in ripping the ball out of the hands of a smaller player from the other team down in there. Had the smaller player taken it from somebody else? Some of the other players in the pile, seeing this, started to holler. And so everyone who had been peeled off of the pile now came back on top of the pile. And then there were more guys jumping in and piling on. This is a normal situation. The refs have to make the call. But there were all these 300-pound men all shouting and cursing. The referees stepped back, and did nothing. Then

one of the refs blew his whistle and pointed to one end of the field to indicate one of the teams had won the fumble. That really set the players off. One of them, in a rage, took a swipe at a referee. At this point the pileup was going into its fifth minute. And so now, more out of embarrassment than anything else, perhaps, the network went to a commercial break. But when they came back, there was still this big pile. A coach was now yelling at a ref. You could see this vein in the coach’s neck popping out. It wasn’t until 11 minutes went by that the refs got the situation under control. Amazing. In another game, with six yards to go for a first down, a defensive (Cont’d on next page)

New Parrish Art Museum to Open on Schedule By oliver peterson


he Parrish Art Museum hosted its last official event in the old building at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton last Thursday. The museum remains on track to open its new state-of-the-art facility on Montauk Highway in Water Mill the weekend of November 10 – 12. “We’re down to the details,” museum director Terrie Sultan said last week, noting that primary construction is complete in Water Mill and the crew is currently working on interiors, including millwork for the shop and reception, benches in the lobby and lighting for the black box theater, one of the many exciting new additions to the museum. Sultan said creating the new facility is the

highlight of her career, and the crowd at Thursday’s PechaKucha night reinforced her understanding of just how needed it is. Some 150 people came to the event Sultan describes as “cultural speed dating,” which included 10 presenters from all walks of life—artists, musicians, baymen, chefs, academics, etc.— showing slides and speaking about what they do for seven minutes each. She said looking at the many attendees that night brought to mind a famous quote from the movie Jaws. “We’re going to need a bigger boat,” Sultan thought, adding last week, “We’re getting one.” For the first time, the new building will allow the Parrish’s permanent collection to remain on view year-round in 7,300 square feet of exhibition space, while an additional 4,500 square feet

will be used for special exhibitions. Sultan said the Jobs Lane building, which was built in 1898 to house Samuel Longstreth Parrish’s art collection, also has 4,500 feet of exhibition space, but no room to display the permanent collection. “The space is challenging,” she said, pointing out that the new facility’s area for special shows feels twice the size. More than just the added space, Sultan said the new Parrish is finally updated to meet the needs of a modern art museum. They now have a loading dock, a café, skylights facing true north for the best natural light, excellent parking and climate control, which makes it possible to borrow and exhibit masterful artwork from major museums that would have (Cont’d on page 38) been a liability in the

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012  

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012 Issue

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012  

Dan's Papers September 29, 2012 Issue