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Dick Bavetta Is The Real Life Grinch

New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung went to yesterday’s Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers game with his son, Taj. What they wanted was to do was catch a basketball game. What they did was encounter the real-life Grinch, apparently in the form of referee Dick Bavetta.

There really are no words that do this photo proper justice:

Luckily, it looks like they caught this Grinch post-heart enlargement, as Bavetta appears to be giving a friendly high-five to the youngster and not trying to steal his Christmas spirit.

[NBA Through The Lens]


    What you are seeing in this picture is far from a grinch. Rather, what you are seeing is perhaps the greatest ambassador there has ever been for a profession so misunderstood by all but the most astute fans and, within this group of the greatest sports officials in the world, you are witnessing the singular man who has dedicated his entire life to his profession, always making certain to humanize the role of a game official while, at the same time, maintaining the absolute highest levels of integrity and fairness. In addition to that, Mr. Bavetta has NEVER missed a game or assignment in his almost forty year career in the NBA.
    Grinch??? Hardly! Mr. Bavetta has dedicated his incredible career to bringing the humanity of his misunderstood profession to the forefront, never losing sight of the fact that he and the gifted athletes of the NBA have, as their primarily goal, the task of entertaining thousands of basketball fans each and every game, and perform their jobs in the manner best suited to provide these thousands of fans with the greatest entertainment value that is within their powerWould that there were more sports officials, no, make that simply people, with the concerns for the game he loves and the multitude of both players and fans alike deserve.

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