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Umpires, though, are going to be proven wrong at times, and they’d better get used to it. It happens every week in the NFL, and yet somehow officials there have managed not to let games careen out of control.

It’s been a tough year so far for umpires, who have been in the spotlight in unflattering ways, including Tom Hallion’s verbal spat with Tampa Bay pitcher David Price last month that got him fined. Like that incident, the missteps this past week could have been avoided by umpires with a little clear thinking.

Things are going to get tougher on the umps, though, when replays start forcing them to do something else, something they hate most.

Admitting when they’re wrong.


Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at) or