It seems there is seldom a game that passes -- whatever the sport -- where the men or women officiating the game are not criticized for a call, or lack therof.
According to the fans, and sometimes even the coaches, officials don't always get it right.
I'm here to say that the area officials collectively made the right calls Friday night at numerous venues throughout central Illinois. Even though I was personally just at one game, I know this to be true because of the radio reports I heard as well as feedback from my colleagues.
With frequent lightning strikes and the threat of tornadoes, the starting times for many prep football games were delayed. With very few exceptions, the games eventually got under way and were played to their conclusion as the inclement weather passed by.
Sure, it meant some contests didn't end until the 11 o'clock hour, allowing sportswriters less time than normal to meet their deadlines, but that is a minor sacrifice to ensure the safety of players and spectators, many of the latter positioned on metal bleachers.
What a tragedy it would have been if a game had been in progress and someone had been struck by lightning. We praise the officials for taking their job seriously and not just wanting to get the game going as quickly as possible.
Good job. No, great job.