Schrödinger’s cat playing football

Schrödinger’s cat playing football

Schrödinger's experiment preparation

To put it simple: A football referee is someone who decides if Schrödinger’s cat is alive or dead.

Team A sees a blatant attack on their player and cries for a penalty.
Team B sees nothing special.

Like Schrödinger’s cat, both parties are 100% right until the observer looks into the box.

In our football case, the referee is obliged by his/her role to do so and must decide: Penalty or Schwalbe.

Whatever decision this ‘neutral observer’ takes, one team will be angry, even furious, and disagreeing. The referee is neutral by definition, so his/her observation of the status of the cat at that moment, for that specific action (e.g. dead) is valid for everybody.

But what when Team A intentionally faked the error, and fooled the referee? The cat was actually alive, but they make it appear dead towards the referee.

Should Team B be mad at the ‘observer’, or should they be mad at Team A for their lack of fair-play? It is often the former (with additional yellow cards for Team B for arguing) although the latter would make more sense to me.

In any case, the neutral observer played his or her part and decided the cat was dead, so it is dead. Period. What is the logic of spending minutes, or even hours for some on the side lines, discussing that the cat was still alive according to them?

Football has and always will be a sport with passion, high running emotions and whether or not processed frustrations. All these aspects blur the objectivity and rational view of many players, not to mention supporters. Still, a neutral observer must be present and assume the responsibilities to open the boxes. Let’s just accept that fact and the decisions taken.

Funny that people tend to forget that no football game would last more than 5 minutes without a referee, ‘good’ or ‘bad’, depending if you are supporter for Team A or Team B.

Football player N°24 at De Goldenboys MTSA (ex-SNAS)
One-time referee (2011)