Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Quiet please (well I did say please)
Hubby and I went through a stage where we watched a lot of tennis.
I always found it fascinating that the umpire/referee or whatever you call that guy who sits over the net, could call out "quite please" between games and the crowd would immediately quieten down to a pin drop silence.
It's fascinating but you have to think, why the hell do the players need complete silence?
Can you imagine a football umpire requesting complete silence when a player was shooting for goal?
Can you imagine the cricket umpire requesting for silence when a bowler was coming in to bowl?
In every other sport (apart from golf I guess) crowd participation is not only ok, it's encouraged but no, not so for tennis! They require complete silence to do their best.
Aside from that though, it's the sheer power of the person wielding that command that gets me!
I want a tennis umpire in my living room to say "quite please" every time someone opens their mouth when we're watching tv!!! Heck I'd pay good money for that!
And can you imagine if you and your significant other or children are having a domestic dispute, he could intervene with a "advantage mum".
Yes, I like it!
I know what I want for xmas...
Now excuse me while I just go dd tennis ref to my xmas wish list...