Being four years into a supervisory role for the umpires in my rec league baseball league I will mention one thing... If I EVER saw incompetence from one of my umpires like I saw from those refs in game 1 of the Kings/Blackhawks series...I'd fire them on the spot... Also note this same tandem also cost the Kings three earlier games (total) in rounds 1 and 2... That's HALF of their SIX previous losses COMBINED... It still puzzles me how those two actually made it past the first round...

Some Kings fans say I'm too harsh on the refs...but I just judge what I see... I'd cite times they were out of position to make a call...sometimes the wrong call on the right player... Yet when I see calls so one-sided the WWE doesn't even want to hire them...you KNOW they're bad...

I have fired six umpires for gross incompetence and one of those actually had the nerve to place a bet on one of the teams he was assigned to... When the league had to cut staff...I went with the umpires I trusted highly to get the bulk of the work done until we can get reinforcements... When the league cut down to three teams in 2012...they suspended operations until we can get at least six teams... Two years later...we're still looking for three more teams to operate...

We've had some umpiring done with other leagues when they got short-handed and heck...the ten umpires and yours truly are STILL getting paid by the league...so we might as well get SOME work in before rust settles in... BTW...I am not working any dates the Kings are playing just to play it safe... Those other leagues also know that I usually don't make myself available during the NHL playoffs when the Kings are playing...but once they're eliminated...I'm free until the draft and then until early September...

We have voted unanimously to fold at the end of July...but we'll still be paid for the full season and I'll get a ten year bonus check for sticking it out... I do hope the league does come back one day...but I doubt it with that communist in the White House...