- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Glaring Mistakes was a welcome vindication of college football officiating. As an attorney who has practiced for 50 years, I can only wish that judges and juries had the same percentage of accuracy as these oft-maligned, dedicated citizens.
Being wrong only 3% of the time isn't what I feel the public is upset about, but rather the type of mistakes that accounted for some of that 3%. This is why I feel that instant replay, if only for the fourth quarter, would make a difference. No game should be decided on a bad call.
Why not tell everybody to stop the whining. College football officials are not trying to make errors. When mistakes, even glaring ones, are no longer part of amateur sports, all of us might as well stay home and watch canned computer programs.
Not long ago Americans were lamenting that no young U.S. male tennis stars were in sight. Then came three: Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and now Pete Sampras. All have different styles, personalities and games.
I'm a fan of all three. I can enjoy watching them equally because I don't compare them to one another. Agassi will never be a Sampras, and vice versa. Chang will never sport neon and an earring on the court. I realize some comparisons are inevitable, but please compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges.
Sampras was a patient of mine when he was about 11 or 12 years old and becoming a serious tennis player. I used to kid him about his game. One day he told me that someday he would have his picture on the cover of SI. He was not cocky or arrogant, just confident. He always had a great sense of humor and was a fine young man. It is exciting to see him reach his goal with the support of his super family. Truly a dream come true.