Re: old farts for refs
Steve Smoger, Kenny Bayless, and Tony Weeks are all older than 50, even older than 55.
Mills Lane and Arthur Mercante were also top of the line refs when in their 50s. It's never a good idea to put base ages on forcing retirement because some people age better than others.
There are refs that are far more competent and capable when in their 50s and 60s than other refs who are in their 30s and 40s.