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Someone Just Made the Best Sign Mocking Referees and How Did We Not Think of This?

Give this fan a “T” — for “terrific.”

Someone held up this sign during the Nebraska high school state basketball playoffs. It’s brilliant, like the Harlem Globetrotters of teasing.

Like a meter maid, IRS agent or guy who stands on the side of the road holding a sign for a store that’s having a going out of business sale, referee is one of those vocations that no one appreciates. If you do your job well, no one knows you’re there. If you do it poorly, well, oh boy, it can be your legacy. Just ask Jim Joyce.

Being a referee is made for thick-skinned folks who don’t mind crowds hurling curses in their direction with the speed of a no-look bullet pass. The notion of booing a zebra with a phone analogy makes so much sense, in fact, that we heartily recommend holding this sign while giving him the business and screaming, “Can you hear me now?”

We hope someone copies this and holds it up during the NCAA Tournament. But there’s a danger here. It’s so good that we can picture it being used so much that it’s overdone, kind of like your enjoyment of an Adele song. Seriously, we’ve all heard “Water Under the Bridge” so much it’s kind of lost its appeal. The same thing is bound to happen because of all these sign copycats.

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