Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: Refs Get Some Love At Islanders Game

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The unsung heroes of professional sports got some love recently at a hockey game at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

Fans at hockey games like to yell. Often cheering for a hard hit or booing a call against their team. And if you thought referees don’t have fans, think again.

In this week's Sweet Spot, Mike Sugerman came upon 300 fans at a New York Islanders game dressed in the striped shirts the officials wear, loudly chanting "We believe in sportsmanship!" and "Let's go refs!"

“They don’t get any glory. They're hardworking guys, they go back to their families, and it’s really a thankless job," said Peter Flynn who joined in with the other men and women in this section led by brothers Nick and Max Gershman

“There aren’t many bipartisan issues we can all kind of come together and agree on. So this is one of those rare moments where you get people across the aisle, in sections 203 and 204, to really all root for the same thing," Max Gershman said.

Max started with seven buddies a few years ago. This year more than 300 joined in this decidedly tongue in cheek gathering.

They even attracted the attention from the announcers on WRHU Radio.

“It’s a movement that's sweeping the nation. People want sportsmanship, they want fair play and they want whistles,” says Nick Gershman.