The 55-year study, the longest running study in history on sports team and referee interaction, was a joint effort conducted by Harvard, Stanford and Oxford universities.
"The shittier the team, the more it tends to believe the refs are against them," said Roger Vance, a Harvard professor who announced the study's findings. "It was like this across all sports, and all levels of play, and every country. While good teams sometimes feel targeted by officials, shit teams inordinately blame refs for everything that goes agains them."
Fan behavior was also tracked by the researchers.
"As much as shitty teams complain about officiating, the fans of shitty teams complain exponentially more," said Vance. "In fact, we almost quit doing the study several times because we found these people to be so annoying."
The fielder threw it to first because he caught it. Got it?
That's a good kick. He must have played soccer before.
Still better than having to hear one.
That's not high-sticking, so play on!
A preemptive strike is the best course of action.
Yeah! Showed him who's in charge!
It's as though the officials felt he was being sarcastic.
Yellow carding yourself is never fun.
This is the best way to deal with NBA refs.