this may be of some local interest
Ed Hightower, more than just a Michigan hater. Apparently he hates all.
The site http://statsheet.com/mcb/conferences/big-ten/referees tells us that, through Sunday, Hightower and Ted Hillary were tied for the most Big Ten conference games worked at 19.
But 724 fouls were called in Hightower’s 19 games compared to 611 in Hillary’s.
if the leagues look at the number of penalties called by ref to determine who may be calling too many or too few.
In the ACC they grade every call and no call as either correct or incorrect. They expect their officials to be correct at least 90% of the time. In the last 4 minutes of the game, they expect their officials to be perfect.
Source: I once attended a lecture by the Director of ACC officials.
I'm sure the B10 has similar standards.
One of tha hatinest muthafuckas of all time
Assembly Hall. Wish Fab 5 could bitach slap that fool...
For a team like Michigan, you should hope Hightower works every game. For a team that relies on movement and penetration you want a ref that's going to call a foul. I can't stand watching college games which are ref'd like the NBA where they basically wait to see if the shot goes in or not before calling a foul.
Hightower reminds me of a foot fungus. Minor nuisance in the big picture, but everlasting ...
Eddie Basketball has the best hairpiece in the business, that's for sure.
I remember there being a very humorous set of Ed Hightower photoshops with him calling fouls in ridiculous situations.. If anyone has them and would care to repost I would be much obliged.
My old boss at Intramurals had an autographed basketball by Ed Hightower. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that after I went into a tirade about how much I hate that douche. I still hate him 15 years later.
Also, geez, that article is 4 years old.
And yet still relevant.
Def not cool enough to be boba fett.
But cool enough to be a scout trooper? Because that's what he's pictured as.
My opinion is he is just a bad ref. As a ref myself (mostly football so far but my brother and I are getting in to basketball more) I can tell you that I've worked with lots of bad refs and none of them want one team or another to win, some are just not good at seeing the game. It is a huge thing for all officials to stay impartial. There were lots of bad calls tonight, but if you watch him work other games, I bet you see the same.
If you really were much of a ref, you'd know just how good any division 1 ref is.
I wish more refs called the game like Hightower. It would finally force teams to adjust and the B10 wouldn't be the hack-fest that it is at times.
Every official has a different style, a slightly different interpretation of the rules, and a different point at which they decide fair play has stopped and a whistle needs to be blown. Clearly the stats show that Hightower is quicker to whistle than some of his peers. But that doens't mean he's bad at doing his job.
i respect your attempt to be diplomatic but, no, sorry
hightower is just terrible