Umpire Underwood watched the ball as it slammed straight into the net. Up, he thought. Underspin would have helped. Unforced errors in this game were mounting up, rendering this another boring match.
Underwood wanted excitement – something that would make the cameramen jostle with each other for a photograph of the great umpire. Using his powers of imagination, he concocted a plan.
Under the gaze of the spectators, Underwood dropped down from his umpire chair and jogged over to the surprised net-hitting player. Unperturbed by shocked shrieks around him, he stood behind the player, holding the racquet with her. Using exaggerated movements, he hit an imaginary ball at an angle that would undoubtedly send the ball back over the net. Underwood then returned to his seat amidst applause.
Unhappy was he over the next morning’s headline: “Underwood replaced overnight by Upfield.”
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