I just watched an episode of The Andy Griffith Show in which he umpired his son's championship baseball game. His son's team was behind by one run, his son hit a long ball and it was a close play at the plate and Andy ruled he was out, so they lost. The whole team jumped on him, then the town treated him like dirt for a while. Eventually they put the game into perspective, but at the end someone produced a photo showing that the play was actually safe. Andy had contemplated how he 'might' have been bending over backwards to be impartial. Has anyone here been in that time of situation? I assume that's still a significant part of children's sports leagues, for parents to officiate, and I have heard of similar things. "He was cheating for his son", et al. And then, in cases where a parent is not involved, I have heard and read of parents being so vicarious as to argue every decision that goes against their son or daughter, and sometimes even coming to physical violence...I remember one case where a parent broke the umpire's leg. Since most of the discussion on this forum is about pro sports, or "big time" college sports, maybe this is a different type of topic that is more personally or more directly relevant.