Dennis Dearie

Dennis sends his bio picture with the caveat that we are free to “…purge the pic”.

Now, Dennis may not be Brad Pitt.  But, he apparently hasn’t properly seen the mugs of many of the other personalities of Jon Fine Productions, particularly Jon…Skeptical sports fans might say that this is apropos, as Dennis is an ex-referee, having officiated high school football (20 years) and baseball (15 years) in Louisiana…Spent 6 years coaching a 7th grade team at Central Private… Coached his men’s softball team for 6 years.  Never made the Softball Hall of Fame, but reportedly received a plaque from both Budweiser and Miller for all the beverages his softball teams consumed…Painful back injury caused Dennis to hang up his stripes and cleats…Compiled his own small library of game tapes of playoff games he worked.  Got these from game films from various coaches and schools.  Made training tapes for other officials to use for education of rules…Is disappointed that we have not followed suit and taken clips from HEY REF columns and distributed them as an educational tool for sportswriters throughout the country…Since 2010, has been an official time keeper and wrap inspector for MMA events in Louisiana and is a professional boxing inspector with the state.— Studied tapes of Gregg Williams, former N.O. Saints Defensive Coordinator’s “bounty” defenses in recent years to get a better grasp of MMA maneuvers…Born in Alexandria…Grew up in French Quarter in New Orleans.  Exposure to the Saints of the late 60’s almost as painful as his back…Family moved to West Monroe, where he graduated from West Monroe HS in 1974…Moved to BR and became a Master Electrician…Ultimately completed his 30 year electrical career with Stone and Webster…Prides himself on not yielding to political correctness in HEY REF, where he says he writes like he used to referee.  Dennis says he “call’s ‘em like I see ‘em”  Dennis has had a weekly e-mail column at JonFineProductions.com Newsletter (formerly SportsGumbo.net Newsletter) since August 2010.  Especially likes writing the column because he knows that, unlike a prior avocation, when people vehemently disagree with him, he can’t hear them boo him!

Dennis Dearie writes a weekly column HEY REF in our weekly e-newsletter JonFineProductions.com Newsletter.