Why Did This Ref Call Out The Central Michigan Cheerleaders For… Cheering?

They say there are two certainties in life: Death and taxes. But let’s go ahead and add a third and fourth to the list.

Cheerleaders make noise at games.

This seems pretty straightforward and obvious. Cheerleaders are there to root, disrupt, do whatever they can to help their team. Which is why this video from Tuesday’s night game between Central Michigan and Toledo is so bizarre.

“Please stop doing that thing you’re supposed to be doing.”

Which brings me to my next point:

College football refs are bad at their job.

Sure, we could point to the myriad of missed calls this year. We could talk about the Miami-Duke return where they completely forgot about a block in the back and disregarded a player’s knee being down. Or we could talk about the ending of MSU-Nebraska, where a guy ran out of bounds, frolicked in the meadow like he was Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, sang about the goddamn “hills being alive,” then came back inbound 10 minutes later to catch the game-winning touchdown pass. Yes, we could definitely talk about that.

But this? Nah, this is a ref making up stuff as he goes along. He is a professional curmudgeon. He is a football Scrooge. He hates fun.

Boo this man.

By the way, the subsequent noise from the fans (and cheerleaders) in attendance led to a missed Toledo field goal. Because, you know, that’s the way it works.