Herb Dean has lately gained a "reputation", so I went back and checked out some of the matches that contributed to it. Now at first, I thought "Oh its Herb sometimes goofing it up, he is the best otherwise", but as I found more and more, I noticed its really not that funny anymore, but you will see and judge for yourself.
Mike Pyle def. TJ Waldburger (2014) The first one, not that bad, but its important for context and things to come.
Luke Rockhold def. Chris Weidman (2015) Now this one is really bad, like really bad. Joe Rogan expresses his disbelief, and later on Luke Rockhold himself thought this was too much.
Jorge Masvidal def. Cowboy Cerrone (2017) The goofy indecisive Herb, for some reason he wanted to see Cerrone KO'd twice.
Khalid Murtazaliev def. C.B. Dollaway (2018) This one is the worst, its downright uncomfortable to watch, its like Herb wanted to punish Dollaway for him getting that DQ win over Hector Lombard, I cannot explain it any other way.
Tanner Boser def. Raphael Pessoa (2020) Pessoa crumbles in pain, yet Herb thinks its important that Boser gives even more shots.
Francisco Trinaldo def. Jai Herbert (2020) Jai is fucking out, and even the announcers, Paul Felder and Dan Hardy are freaking out over how unnecessary brutal this was.
Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas (2021) I just have no idea what Herb was even thinking here, ruined a nice KO for Marina.
I know have missed some, I also need to remind you that these are just bad stoppages with too much aggression, Herb had other funky and weird calls, which I am sure many of you can attest to, most notable being just letting Conor cheat. You will also notice a rising trend, there is definitely more funky finishes and decisions the later we go on. Obviously I hope Herb gets it together, but I have a feeling he will take Yamasaki's place as the priest of MMA gods.
EDIT: Just to address the "But X ref has thousands of good calls", imagine a loved one of yours is supposed to fight soon in the UFC against an aggressive and powerful opponent, would you like a ref with mostly stellar record, or the ref that is getting a "reputation" lately for letting it go too long?
E: It took a Surya to shine a light on the problem! T: Surya = Sun in Hindi / Sanskrit / Many other indic and Dravidian languages
Was the game stoppage due to the referrals in yesterday's match some sort of a record ?
Shall on-fieled umps have jurisdiction over contentious decisions in outfield where they can reasonably make a decision I.e. no soft signal for all iffy calls outside 30 yards
All umpiring technical in nature with umps monitoring technical data and taking a call (a-la tennis)
I'm trying to get my old man back into the NBA by watching games with him as a father-son experience. He grew up watching the Sixers in the 70s/80s and loved it back then, but as you get older you lose interest in things as your family/job responsibilities grow.
His main complaint about the modern game is that teams settle for 3pt shots too often, but he's managed to get over that hurdle and accept it as part of the way the game has evolved.
However, our biggest issue watching together is the unbelievable amount of stoppages in play due to fouls called, timeouts, or commercial breaks (especially in the 4th quarter). Usually when I watch alone, I just go on my phone during these breaks so I tend to block them out, but when I'm watching with my dad, I put my phone away to stay engaged in our conversation and the constant stoppages are more noticeable and grating. It feels like the game cannot sustain its momentum, and it kills the viewing experience.
My dad tries to stay engaged and positive, but I can tell that the non-stop barrage of whistles is ruining his interest in the games. The end of the Pelicans/Celtics last night was a great example, the final min of regulation and OT took 45 minutes of real-time.
Is it just us, or are there more stoppages than usual in the last couple of years? It feels like it's reaching that same boil-over poin that the NFL had about 5 years ago before they pulled back on commercial breaks.