The Peterson Principle: 12/28/2015

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

Rants and raves for this holiday season.

I got out to see some high school basketball this past week. And you thought football officials were bad?

Note to CIF basketball referees. If you hear somebody berate you and use profanity but you don’t know where it’s coming from don’t immediately hit the team with a technical that is in the vicinity. This is exactly what happened at the Temple City-Norco game Tuesday night.

With less than a minute left in the game and the score tied, a Norco player drove the lane and was fouled. The call could have gone either way but the official blew the whistle. Temple City Head Coach Eric Chin got up to complain as boos erupted from the crowd. Chin stated his case and it began to quiet down. As the official began to walk away a fan sitting directly behind the Temple City bench yelled that the call was “brutal” and emphasized his point with a well placed F-bomb to describe brutal. The referee turned and pointed towards the TC bench and said emphatically “Technical on the bench!”

Chin and assistant Rich Hollinger now were back on the court arguing that the outburst didn’t come from the bench. Despite their protests the official insisted that it was a bench technical. Chin, in his frustration got hit with another technical and when Hollinger didn’t immediately leave the floor he got hit with a third.

Both free throws for the original foul were good and with the three technical fouls resulting in six more Norco ran off eight straight points from the charity stripe. Yeah, it was charity all right.

A 62-62 game was now 70-62 Norco with 32 seconds left. Merry Christmas Norco! Here’s an early gift. The Rams had erased a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter but that all disappeared on one play.

It appeared he knew he botched it when he hightailed it out of the gym as soon as the clock hit zeroes.

What if it was a Norco fan sitting behind the TC bench to sabotage the Rams? That could be a strategy for all teams going forward. Have one of your own people sit behind the opposing team’s bench and sound off on questionable calls. Bingo…instant points.


Every time we post a football coach being hired is all of the negative feedback really necessary? What could possibly be negative about Margarito Beltran going to Bell Gardens? Believe me, our readers found plenty of things. I say great hire BG! Let’s just congratulate the Lancers and move on.


You know there are too many College Football Bowl games when only 21,000 (announced) show up show up to the Poinsettia Bowl and 14,000 at the Hawaii Bowl. The number of bowl games needs to be revisited.


Can anybody beat Golden State? Maybe we can have a Lakers fan in disguise sit behind the Warriors bench.

Happy Holidays!

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

9 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 12/28/2015"

  1. Coach In The Know's Gravatar Coach In The Know
    January 4, 2016 - 4:16 am | Permalink

    Peterson!!!! This occurred in another area game years ago. The coach was hit with a T because they signed the code of ethics and conduct that CIF provides all schools prior to the season. If he can’t control the fan, then he is given the T. The ref should have asked the entire section be removed from the gym after if he had no clue who dropped the F bomb. Chin and Hollinger were in the wrong to continue arguing after the T and move on. Not only does it cost them the game (if they don’t get two extra T’s, they would have only been down by four) but it also cost them another game in which Chin can not coach.

    Regarding the CIF referees in the San Gabriel Valley, many are way too thin skinned and believe that wearing a zebra uniform gives them the power they so desperately need in real life.

  2. Really? T.P.'s Gravatar Really? T.P.
    December 29, 2015 - 10:22 am | Permalink

    All officials scurry off the court. Bad call or not, they are out of there.

  3. Attendance's Gravatar Attendance
    December 29, 2015 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    I have the same seats for every Poinsettia Bowl. Field level at about the 15 yard line.
    My section holds about 500 people. Less than 50 seats used. Not one person within 10 rows.
    If there were 21,000 people there, a lot of them were dressed as empty seats.

  4. Bell Grande's Gravatar Bell Grande
    December 28, 2015 - 8:56 pm | Permalink

    21k paid attendance at Poinsettia Bowl. No way that many people were there. It was too easy getting outta there….

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 28, 2015 - 4:08 pm | Permalink

    It’s because the little lancers are insecure and don’t feel validated unless they threaten anyone who they perceive has insulted them. Or they have to blame someone else for their perceived failures, or they live in the past when the little lancers beat up on the whitmont league (4 titles in 10 years). Ohhh by the way great hire I’m sure Beltran will change the culture in no time

  6. Maybe try respect's Gravatar Maybe try respect
    December 28, 2015 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Maybe instead of acting like babies over a bad call (the first technical), Chin and Hollinger could have registered their complaints and then STFU. The first technical was unfair. The next two were 100% on the coaches. Charity to Norco, yes, but not just from the refs.

    There are life lessons to be learned from high school sports. One of them should be to learn to deal with disappointment and frustration. Unfortunately for the Temple City players, they got to learn that not being able to deal with them has consequences.

  7. Joe Pulitzer's Gravatar Joe Pulitzer
    December 28, 2015 - 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Hey this is the TMZ site for high school football. The comments about Beltran have been mild compared to other attacks in the past on here. C’mon you guys pander to and love controversy. Point 2. What would you have the ref do? Ignore the F-bomb from the bench area? And of course he left quick. What was he supposed to do, hang around and high five the Norco fans? Oh yeah but lets be nice after YOU hammer the ref. Too funny.
    From T. Peterson: Really? They all run out of the gym like Usain Bolt? And when he admittedly has no idea who launched the f-bomb then um…yeah ignore it…Okay…too funny.

  8. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    December 28, 2015 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Yes, while I agree that an official shouldn’t call it unless they see it, the technical on both TC HC and assistant are warranted if they act in an unsportsmanlike manner to delay the game. Sounds to me the HC should have ask security to remove the fan behind the bench from the gym and not allow him to attend anymore TC home games. Not enough attention is giving to the fan that actually caused TC the game. I doubt it was a fan from the opposite team or he would have had difficulty leaving the gym. As for the officials hightailing out of the gym, they are taught to do so. Especially if the gym is hostile, the game is highly competitive, or controversy is involved so no surprise there.

  9. Fact of the Matter's Gravatar Fact of the Matter
    December 28, 2015 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Peterson tells us, in all his holiday cheer, that negative comments aren’t really necessary…except, apparently, when they are directed at basketball officials with whom he disagrees. Why not just congratulate the winning team and “move on?”

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