Just a couple of weeks ago, Pat Smith, one of the most familiar names in U.S. refereeing—and with good reason, as you will soon see—celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday. Sitting here in Columbia, Missouri, preparing to share Thanksgiving (and my own birthday) with my wife Jane, it occurred to me that this week would be a good time for many of us to give thanks to guys like Pat for how they helped to build a referee program out of—well, essentially nothing. Over the years I knew that he was “in my corner” as my career flowed and ebbed and flowed again, but he was there for many other referees too. Read on . . .