Monday, April 02, 2007

Good Quote

Found this over at The New Republic's NCAA blog.

The rules of basketball are such that if they were ever literally interpreted, the referees would call enough fouls in any game to eliminate everyone or both squads two or three times over. No sport, therefore, is more difficult to officiate, since the referee's judgment is infinitely more important than his vision, and the fairness of the outcome depends on the consistency and balance of the referee's decisions rather than on any set of inflexible rules.
John McPhee, The New Yorker, 1965

As a friend just pointed out, this is one of the keys to Michael Jordan's success. Yes, Jordan was one of the most talented players to ever play the game, but he also had incredible charisma that could influence a referee's judgement.



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