21 posts categorized "LASIK the Refs!"

March 13, 2009

Paul Stewart LASIK a Success


As I mentioned  yesterday, Paul Stewart was the first ref to take advantage of EyeCare 20/20's "LASIK the Refs!" program.  One of the most successful and respected individuals in hockey, Paul Stewart has done it all.  Player, Referee, and now Coach as he is the ECAC Director of Officiating.  Paul Stewart may be the only person to ever make it on the Ice in the NHL twice.Paul had his surgery yesterday, and is already seeing 20/20!!  

Here Paul briefly discusses his
LASIK experience at EyeCare 20/20.

March 12, 2009

Paul Stewart's LASIK Video Testimonial I

As I mentioned earlier today, Paul Stewart is the first ref to take advantage of EyeCare 20/20's "LASIK the Refs!" program.  Here Paul briefly discusses why he has decided to undergo LASIK.

Paul Stewart 1st to Get Free LASIK Thru "LASIK the Refs!" Offer


Back in September, Ed Hochuli blew a call that cost the San Diego Chargers the game.  At the time, I offered Hochuli a chance to make his job easier, free LASIK surgery.  He has yet to accept the offer! 

In October, I lamented about the rash of bad calls plaguing the World Series.  At this point I extended my free LASIK offer to any official or referee in any Major Professional sport.  Again, I had no takers... 

There have been many other bad calls made by the refs over th past few months, some I have written about, others I have ignored...  After each bad call I have reasserted my offer for free LASIK on any professional official.  Again I have had no takers, until today!!

Paul Stewart contacted us several months ago about our "LASIK the Refs!" program.  He was very interested in having LASIK and decided to take us up on our offer.  One of the most successful and respected individuals in hockey, Paul Stewart has done it all.  Player, Referee, and now Coach as he is the ECAC Director of Officiating.  Paul Stewart may be the only person to ever make it on the Ice in the NHL twice.

Well, Paul made it down to New Jersey today to have his LASIK!  All went well, and he is now sleeping it off.  He is due back in the office tomorrow for his post op check, I will keep you all abreast of how he is doing, along with some video testimonials from him.

January 12, 2009

LASIK the Refs: Can't See the Play Clock?! Cost the Titans..

Saturday's AFC Playoff game  had another controversial call during the Raven's game winning drive.  The Ravens were driving with a 3rd down and 2 to go on their own 32 yard line.  There was 2:52 to go in the game and the play clock expired.  The ball was snapped 1.32 seconds later and Joe Flacco hit Todd Heap with a pass to keep the drive alive.  No delay of game was called.  So instead of a 3rd and 7 there's a new 1st down and the Ravens go on to kick the game winning field goal!



Maybe the ref was unable to see the play clock clearly.  I said it before, and I'll say it again:  "Ref, get your eyes examined, if you are a good candidate for LASIK, come to me and I'll do it for free!!"

December 23, 2008

LASIK the Refs: Learn How to Flip a Coin!!

Did you see Monday Night's game between the Pack and the Bears?  The game goes into overtime after Mason Crosby has his field goal blocked at the end of regulation.  Referee Ron Winter begins the coin toss. Ryan Grant of the Packers calls "tails".  Winter tosses the coin, it veers left, bounces off the helmet of the Bear's Brian Urlacher, hits the ground,everyone scrambles to find the coin, and... "heads!" The announcer yells, "What kind of terrible coin toss is that?  It hit Brian Urlacher in the head!... I have never seen people chase after the coin..." 

Chicago receives the ball, marches down the field and kicks the game winning field goal. UNBELIEVABLE! Who knows what happens if we get a normal coin toss, maybe the Pack wins it, marches down the field, and wins?!

I know Ron Winter was wearing his glasses during the toss.  Maybe the sub zero temperature caused the glasses to fog leading to the errant toss!  I'll say it again:  "Winter, get your eyes examined, if you are a good candidate for LASIK, come to me and I'll do it for free!!"

December 22, 2008

LASIK the Refs: Give Brook Lopez a Call!!

The NJ Nets" rookie center, Brook Lopez, is having a great start this season.  He is averaging over 10 points and 7 rebounds a game in over 27 minutes of play.  He has established himself as one of this year's best rookies and is my pick for Rookie of the Year.  

In Saturday's game vs the Miami Heat, Lopez had 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks.  How many foul shots did he have?  ZERO!  This included a non-call by ref Derrick Collins when Udonis Haslem hit Lopez in the throat with one minute left in the first half.  Lopez made the basket anyway.

Strange story goes with it: In the last five games, the Nets' rookie center has taken 66 shots from the floor, the vast majority from point-blank range (such as those taken after his 18 offensive rebounds), and with most of these shots challenged by large men whose job it is to bash other large men as part of a grander plan to win basketball games and influence people.

Yet Lopez has attempted a grand total of six foul shots in those five games.

Something is amiss, the Nets know it, but they don't say much about it.

I think it's time for the NBA refs, and Derrick Collins in particular, to open their eyes and make some calls.  Refs, get your eyes checked, if you need LASIK, come on in, I'm offering it for free!  Maybe then you won't miss so many calls!!

December 16, 2008

LASIK the Refs!: Better Than Using the Jumbotron!

According to Tory Holt, one of the officials used the Jumbotron to make an offensive pass interference call against him in the Ram's 23-20 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.  As reported in Yahoo Sports:

“He said he looked up in the Jumbotron and saw that I pushed off,” said Holt, who is in his 10th year with the Rams (2-12). “I told him I never extended my arm. It is one thing if you extended, because that is pass interference. But everything was in motion catching the football. I don’t even know if I had my hands on the guy.

“That was his explanation, and I told him it was a bad call.”

“I was surprised,” Holt said of the key penalty. “I could understand if I did because I would take that, but I could not understand it. It was a big play for our team. It was something that we needed. We needed some energy, something to get us going.

“To take that from us was not fair. They get paid to do what they do and we get paid to do what we do.”

Rams coach Jim Haslett said he was “not going to touch” the official’s decision.

“That is a young guy over there, a rookie referee,” Haslett said. “I am not sure what he saw but obviously he thought it was pass interference, and we have to live with it. If that is what he called then that is what he called.”

It seems we are seeing more and more bad calls in professional sports, this is the second one this past weekend!  What gives?  We all know being a professional ref is no easy task,  I am all for helping the refs be all they can be...  I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  I offer to perform free LASIK on any NFL ref in need of LASIK, who is a good candidate!!  Hey guys, get with it and give me a call!!

November 07, 2008

ESPN Radio Interview: Free LASIK for Refs

I was interviewed today on ESPN radio (1470 AM) in Tampa on the Brantley and the Babe Show.  We talked about my offer to provide free LASIK to professional sports umpires and referees.  Here is a copy of the interview:

No Excuses, Refs!


No Excuses, Refs!

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October 28, 2008




Bad calls have been plaguing professional sporting events of late:

·        In Game 4 of this years World Series, Jimmy Rollins was obviously tagged out in a third base rundown.  Umpire Tim Welke missed the call, saying Evan Longoria missed the tag.  Rollins went on to score the first run of the game.

·        In Game 3 of the World Series, Carl Crawford was called safe by first base umpire Tom Hallion on a bunt single in the seventh inning.  Replays showed that Crawford was out.

·        Edward Hochuli, one of the most respected referees in the NFL, blew a call last month that cost the San Diego Chargers the game.  In an interview, he discussed that he couldn't decide if he should wear his glasses or contact lenses because of the wind. 

·        Last years playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames was plagued with many non calls including the huge hit Cory Sarich put on the Shark’s Patrick Marleau, which led to a cut over Marleau’s left eye and a bloody nose.

·        The non-call after Derek Fisher bumped Brett Barry at the end of last year’s game 4 playoff game between the Lakers and Spurs gave the Lakers the win by keeping the game from going into overtime.

Unfortunately, instant replay is not always available to correct bad calls.  In an effort to improve the incidence of bad calls, ophthalmologist Cary M. Silverman, MD, Medical Director of EyeCare 20/20 has offered his services to professional officials.  EyeCare 20/20 will be offering free LASIK surgery to any official of the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL who is a good candidate for the procedure.  “Being a sports fan, I would like to increase the likelihood that the game is won on the field, and not decided by the officiating. Improving the vision of the officials is a step in the right direction”, said Dr. Silverman.  Dr. Silverman has previously made the free LASIK offer to Ed Hochuli following his missed call earlier this season.

In a letter written to the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL official’s union, Dr. Silverman writes:


Dear Sir:


With the recent rash of missed calls adversely affecting games, you’re probably sick and tired of hearing fans and sports announcers complaining about officials making bad calls.

We all know that instant replay is not always going to correct all bad calls.  I feel strongly that we should minimize the chance of officiating errors in the first place. Correcting an official’s vision is certainly a step in the right direction. 


Why not consider LASIK for your officiating members? If there’s any segment of the population who can benefit from LASIK, its referees and umpires. Let’s let the players determine the outcome of the game!


We all make mistakes, it’s true. Powerful vision and redemption is a phone call away.  EyeCare 20/20 is offering free LASIK to any official of your union who officiates regular and post season games for the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL.


Come and get it. Call my Practice Administrator, Keri Muli at (973) 560-1500. Or visit my website: www.eyecare2020.com.