That question, from Lauren Bacall (“Slim”) to Humphrey Bogart (“Steve”) in the 1944 film “To Have And Have Not” is one often cited among the all-time great lines from movies. Why was it so well liked? Maybe it was the image of what followed: “You just put your lips together and blow . . .”, the invitation from Bacall to Bogart that anytime . . . Well, you know.
But it’s a question we can also ask of referees, as this example from a free kick near goal in a recent tournament shows. And more than that, it shows what referees are NOT being taught in our “academies” and in our “pro clinics”. So, for the sake of the integrity of the game, I guess it is time to get serious about taking a look at our training and assessing programs . . .