It's ok to talk about it during a game, but after it's over it's taboo?
You can blame about every problem that has only gotten worse over time, on this ridiculous notion that somehow, people just shouldn't talk about things after the fact. Not talking about an issue that is a thorn in the side of at least one participant in any kind of relationship is relationship suicide. It's giving up and letting things crumble willingly.
Applying flawed logic like this is what has the country in the quandary it is now. Don't talk about campaign fraud when the election is over… Don't talk about term limits while we have OUR guy elected… We were unhappy when their guy abused his position, sure, but it's our turn now. We'll bring it up if he loses the next election… It's too late to talk about checks and balances, the constitution and your rights to privacy, because your candidate lost the election...
When you're living a life that's all about perception and making sure you don't look like the bad guy, this is the trap you fall into. You're too easily led and too easily manipulated. Crooks look at you and think, "$."
Here we're in the middle of yet another season of biased officiating. It's full of outmanned and outpaced officials that just can't keep up with the action AT BEST. On average, they are making the calls whether or not there's any contact, BEFORE the action in front of them happens. At WORST, they are calling them based on tendencies, biases against personalities, or some other motivation, which may or may not include gambling, personal affiliation, or past experiences. And we're not supposed to talk about it.
Coaches can be fined, players can be disciplined, and/or the referees/officials make it even harder on teams as their chief officiants circle their less-than-professional wagons. It's precisely what was fought against by forming associations and leagues to begin with. It's EXACTLY what officiating is NOT supposed to be.
Just as in the politics of this constitutional-ish republic-ness, where politicians are not supposed to be powerful and above scrutiny, but representative and with complete transparency, so officials in sports are supposed to be transparent, part of the court, and exist only as an extension of the rule book, not THE SHOW, the all-powerful, nor applying the rules when and to whom they see fit, but EQUALLY across the board for ALL participants, regardless of race, gender, talent, skills, age, class, or affiliation.
If it's illegal for the predecessor, it's illegal for the successor. If it's an abuse of power then, it's an abuse of power now, and it needs to be stopped before the next official abuses it to a degree that's unfixable. If it's a foul at that end of the court, it's a foul at the other end of the court.
Rules are there for a reason, even if the context and the intellect to understand the reasoning behind the rule has long since faded from memory, and ESPECIALLY if it is a rule that, by removing it, leads to substantial abuse and lack of balance in proper function of the engine/system/game.
Placing a gag order on dissenters, harassing those that disagree, or influencing others to do the same, is wrong. That's why freedom of speech had to be written into governmental limitations. The ability of those with money. position, or power to sway public opinion against those without is the reason they wrote about the right to a fair and speedy trial. There's no doubt that the ability to defend one's property and family from those seeking to take or harm them is one of the main reasons they wanted to make sure the people would always have the right to bear arms.
Taking away any of these rights is relatively the same wrong as limiting anyone's ability to discuss or speak about inequities in anything in which we have a vested interest.
The struggle against tyranny in any form is hard-fought, time consuming, and wearying, but it's a necessary part of life. Doesn't matter what the circumstances are, it has to be done without predetermination of an end point, because ALL victories are temporary. Life does not come with guarantees nor warrantees. At some point, some day, all that you've worked hard for will return to the dust from which it was formed, but not everything has to do so quite so quickly.
You teach others how to sustain the fight against decay, rather than taking the easy road to laziness, silence and sulking. You show them how to fight it every day in little steps, rather than making the fight a huge and seemingly overwhelming task because you let it go too long without attention. In that respect, it's a lot like cleaning your room/house. Diligence. Fortitude. Endurance. Focus.
You can't make things better while you ignore what needs fixing for perception's sake. There will always be someone that is put off by or critical of how much effort you put into making the roads level. If you don't do it, however, they sure as Helen aren't going to do it, even if they don't make their money from fixing potholes.
Consistency is all we're asking for and what we need.