Monday, August 07, 2006

I would like a job like that

Now that some of the American tennis tournaments have instant replay and players can challenge umpires' calls, a few of the commentators--especially the eternally unhinged Pam Shriver--are so excited to discover that the umpires actually do a good job. Earlier in the season, they based this enthusiasm on the fact that the umpires were right 70% of the time. Hello--being right 70% of the time is a terrible statistic, not one for which the umpires should get praise.

Last week, there were a number of U.S. Open Series tournaments, and the umpires turned out to be correct only 65% of the time. It would be nice to get a job with lots of travel and decent pay and be heaped with praise because you did the correct thing two-thirds of the time. Most of us are not that lucky.


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