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Scholars from Ithaca College and Cornell University recently completed a study of the background, personality and physical trails of basketball officials, both college and professional. The study, which took about a year to do, was an effort to determine the attributes that make a man a good or a poor official. Men rated from best to worst by coaches and fellow officials were included in the study. The final report, 29 pages long, is complex, but from it some generalizations can be extracted:
The taller the man, the better the official.
The larger the waist measurement, the poorer the official.
The higher the birth order—i.e., first born or the closer to it—the better the official.
The more sisters he has, the poorer the official.
But the more feminine traits he has, the better the official. Feminine personalities tend to be appreciative, patient, helpful, gentle, moderate and persevering—as compared to outgoing, hard-headed, ambitious, active, robust and restless masculine personalities.
Yet all officials are dominant. They are forceful, capable of influencing others.
They score high on self-acceptance. They are sure of themselves.
They like status.
They are conformist. The more conformist, the better the official.