by Tim Chiu
A poem about bad officiating and umpiring as it appears to players, fans, and coaches.
|Crunch time in a major sporting event
Can seem fictional and routinely absurd -
Inconsistent, biased officiating
Can be perplexing as well as game-changing;
Then, these horrid calls typically stand,
Leading to apoplexy and sometimes ejections
From the contest.
Refereeing can rip apart a team
And its entire fan base -
Then umpires and whistleblowers
Attempt to restore order while ignoring the abuse
They're sustaining from players, fans,
And adamant coaches.
Already facing unbelievably difficult odds,
Talented stars may long be remembered
For their frequent and gruesome displays,
As they express the most contempt of anyone on the planet,
That crucial game stolen from their legendary clutches.