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A Lesson in Irony, Sports Edition


Today’s lesson: irony.

First, a definition: “incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result.”

With that in mind, I go back to my officiating. In the high school volleyball rules book, Rule 4-2-4(f) states the uniform number shall be “placed so the top of the number on the front of the uniform is no more than 5 inches down from the shoulder seam; or placed so the number is centered no more than 5 inches below the bottom edge of any neckline rubbing …”

In walks a volleyball team wearing uniforms that clearly are lower than five inches. At the coin toss, I inform the coach that his team’s uniforms are illegal. He asked what the penalty was. I told him the penalty for a team failing to start a game with at least six players wearing legal uniforms is a point to the other team to start the match.

Displeased, he then told me that his team’s motto for the season was “EPM.”

“Ask anyone on my team what EPM means,” he said, “and they’ll tell you, Every Point Matters.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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October 15, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Bro, when’s your book coming out?

    Comment by Nevin | October 15, 2015 | Reply


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