SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Give officials due respect

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 06:25 PM.

I will chuckle sometimes when a coach is giving Griffin a hard time because I saw him give enough umpires plenty to think about during his days with the Raiders.

There are times I joke with the officials before the game and tell them not to call it tight so we can get home and watch a game on TV or maybe catch an early supper.

Sometimes, it seems as if they agree with me. But perhaps it’s more of a case that the teams are playing a clean game than anything else.

In reality, I need to be in the officials’ good graces to do my job more easily. Often, I let the officials know that I’ll be taking photographs of baseball or softball games and where I’ll be standing.

By rule, teams are supposed to provide a marked photographers box, but many umpires will let me have some flexibility where I stand; they know I’m aware of my surroundings and will get out of the way.

I try to work with the officials as they work with me so that everyone wins in the end.

My angles to plays often are similar to officials’.

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