Wednesday, July 9, 2008

You Hear That?... That Was My Skull

Quick quiz (ooh, and it's a video Daily Double):

This ref:

A) Suffers from some sort of palsy.
B) Couldn't get better work after his role as Corky in "Life Goes On."
C) Is totally wasted.
D) All of the above.

Wish it were D, too, huh? I totally want to live in a world where Chris Burke is a soccer ref.*

Anyway, would it help if we told you this happened in the former Soviet Republic of Belarus?

Yep, he's drunk. Or so say the newsreaders in this version of the clip.

The most staggering thing about it (and yes, we're all about bad puns here at UF) is that, from the looks of the players warming up around him, he appears to be reffing an U-13 match. Maybe Arsene slipped him a Mickey at half.

I'm not entirely convinced it's not back pain (or maybe he's just 'tarded... it's okay my first wife was a 'tard, now she's a pilot). Really, who leans that far back when they are schwasted?

Personally, eh, don't see what the big deal is. It's not like anyone would notice a difference in the quality of officiating if most of them were loaded. Plus, let he who wouldn't start pounding a few cold ones at the break if he'd worked 247 Belaussian youth games cast the first stone.

[*Ed Note: Turns out that Burke, according to that IMDB page, is an usher at a Catholic church near his home, which, given the amount of activity in a Catholic mass, makes it in some ways not all that far off from reffing soccer]


The Fan's Attic said...

In Belorussia, Vodka referees match.

Andrew said...

It's the Belorussian version of the gay ref from South America.

matt said...

This looks like a guy who took too many meds for his bad back before he was to referee a game.

Bigus Dickus said...

That explains Andy D'Uso and Uriah Rennie...

Karsten said...

Are we sure the pitch wasn't just built on a slope or something? Maybe it's everyone else who was leaning and the ref was the only one standing up straight.