He was joking about what many Syracuse (and other college basketball) fans have complained about for years. To put it nicely, these two veteran officials have lost a step. To put it more honestly, these two guys would be better suited pulling bingo numbers at a retirement home. Where they are also residents.
Two things: 1) Tim Higgins and Jim Burr have been officiating a ridiculously long time. They've got two dozen Final Fours between them. You don't last that long if you are completely incompetent. 2) Everyone makes mistakes. I make them all the time. Often on live television.
I'm sure Higgins meant what he said. The Higgins and Burr families are very close. But seeing these guys on the floor doesn't make college hoops fans comfortable anymore. If these guys are still passionate about what they do, they need to rededicate themselves to the job. If they're not, they need to step aside. These college players are working their butts off on the court -- they deserve refs who are willing to do the same.
"Jim Burr is the best referee who ever lived," said Tim Higgins, who's officiated Big East Conference games with Burr for 30 years. "I also believe he did it his way, which is not easy." -Watertown (NY) Daily Times 8/30/09
UPDATE: Tim Higgins, Jim Burr & Carl Walton have withdrawn from the Big East Tournament. Will they be back on the court for the NCAA Tourney? We'll see.
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