The Whistleblower: Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball

The Whistleblower Rooting for the Ref in the High Stakes World of College Basketball During a season on the road with college basketball referees Bob Katz watched the games they officiated listened in on their candid conversations in locker rooms and hotel lobbies and explored the

  • Title: The Whistleblower: Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball
  • Author: Bob Katz
  • ISBN: 9781611684513
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
  • During a season on the road with college basketball referees, Bob Katz watched the games they officiated, listened in on their candid conversations in locker rooms and hotel lobbies, and explored the challenges they must regularly confront In this portrait of one consummate professional at the top of his game, Katz pulls off an unbelievable feat In The Whistleblower, weDuring a season on the road with college basketball referees, Bob Katz watched the games they officiated, listened in on their candid conversations in locker rooms and hotel lobbies, and explored the challenges they must regularly confront In this portrait of one consummate professional at the top of his game, Katz pulls off an unbelievable feat In The Whistleblower, we come to actually root for the ref.Ed Hightower, raised in poverty in the segregated rural South, went on to become superintendent of schools in Edwardsville, Illinois But it is his side career as an elite NCAA referee 4 NCAA Championship games, 12 Final Fours that has earned him renown which in the eyes of angry coaches and hostile fans is a far cry from affection Alone among thousands in the stadium and millions watching at home, the ref s goal is fairness and neutrality He truly does not care who wins or loses His passion to do the right thing on the court is shaped by character and training and a rare kind of honor In The Whistleblower, the fascinating yet nearly unknown role of the referee is artfully revealed by a writer of talent.

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  • I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.As a big college basketball fan, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this book about legendary NCAA basketball official, Ed Hightower, and the trials and tribulations of being a big-time college basketball official. Author Bob Katz does a nice job creating a story that should appeal to casual fans almost as much as it does to rabid followers of the game. Katz follows Hightower through the bulk of a college basket [...]


  • I was given an advance copy of this book to review.I am not a sports fan. I can probably name more types of potatoes than I can professional or college athletes. That said, I love to GO to games.My wife is a former basketball star and was a college coach for several years, so I have definitely been exposed to the game.So, it was quite serendipitous that I was given this book to read.I loved it!The book centers around the story of Ed Hightower, a hardworking NCAA basketball referee who also happe [...]


  • I expected to get more than one perspective on college basketball referees. This book essentially follows one referee (Ed Hightower) throughout. While Hightower definitely is an interesting and successful man, I picked up this book to learn and get a new perspective about college basketball referees. I honestly did not really care to read 50 pages about Hightower's early life, we have all heard the story of a man making something from nothing before. It was well written, but just not what I expe [...]


  • If you enjoy the thrill of college basketball, you'll enjoy this book, which lays out the motivations, training and commitment of the individuals who have chosen to become referees. The featured ref, Ed Hightower, is a remarkable man, both for his refereeing accomplishments and for his achievements as superintendent of a school system in Illinois. My only disappointment was that the author, at times, pushed his personal views and agenda, trying to convince Hightower to confirm his conclusions. N [...]


  • This was an interesting book looking at the game of college basketball from the perspective of the referee. I was afraid I would struggle to get into the book but I really enjoyed reading it. The change of perspective was really good and I am sure I will never look at a sports game quite the same way.I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway.


  • Great storyEvery aspiring official should read this book. Following a legend during his final year is a great experience. Just like all refs the game is better to us than we are to it.


  • This book was an advanced copy. A behind the scenes look into the life of a college basketball referee. The author also try's to determine whether he can enjoy basketball by focusing on the refs. Also touches on why fans jeer refs.


  • I think it is intriguing. I have met Hightower and seen many of the games he refereed. I can't agree with some of the observations but I found them interesting nonetheless.



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