" New York is filled with umpires like this who can settle your hash to the city's complete satisfaction with a whimsical wave of the thumb. Clive Barnes of
The New York Times
umpires the theater. The New York Review of Books and Commentary umpire liberal intellectual orthodoxy.
magazine umpires middle-brow chic. Ms. magazine umpires feminism...."
NFL officials make from $325 to $575 a game. All have one-year contracts. Their average age is 47. They are permitted to travel first class and receive $60 per weekend for hotel, meals and incidental expenses. No drinking is allowed from the time an official leaves his home. Their work on the field is rated by the NFL in these areas: 1) judgment, 2) game control, 3) position and coverage, 4) reaction under pressure and 5) decisiveness. An official who enters the league at one position (umpire, line judge, head linesman, back judge or field judge) is almost certain to remain in that position unless he moves up to referee.
The consensus among NHL officials is that almost no serious hockey injuries are caused by fists. Apparently, this is why fights are viewed so casually in the league. Sticks are something else, however, and there is growing sentiment to clear "the stickmen" out of the NHL. One player the referees scrutinize is Steve Durbano of the new Denver team (formerly Kansas City). Durbano will go after anyone. Once he picked a fight with the man who ran his Junior A team in Ontario. The man was his father. In referee's parlance, Durbano "isn't wrapped too tight."
But Dave Schultz, who was recently traded to the Los Angeles Kings from the Philadelphia Flyers and is the best-known tough guy in the league, actually draws the ire of officials more for his tongue than for his "Dave the Hammer" brawls.
From the handbook of the Specialized Umpire Training Course ( St. Petersburg, Fla.):
"Welcome to the greatest occupation in the world, that of the Professional Umpire....
FACTS ABOUT UMPIRES
ARE HARD TO BELIEVE
It is estimated that an umpire, in one nine-inning game: