Here comes the judge …

Time for that annual tradition for much of the country: Watching the Westminster Dog Show. (Or, if you work in journalism, creating Westminster-related content that will get startling traffic numbers.)

It’s fun to watch, but does anyone really have a clue about the judging? We see the judges peek in their mouths, stroke their coats and watch them trot, but if not for the expert commentators, most of us couldn’t tell first place from last.

That difficulty isn’t unique, though. Judging is an issue in MMA, even though the actions and their impact are often easy to see.

Then come Olympic sports — gymnastics, diving, figure skating, etc. The action is subtle and often goes quickly. Having seen Olympic diving first-hand in Beijing, I can offer this recap: Jump, flip flip flip, splash. Sure, you can judge the splash, but everything else happens too quickly for most mortals to process. The splash just tells us whether or not the diver got through the whole thing. (As Norm MacDonald once said, there are two types of cliff divers — “grand champion” and “stuff on a rock.”)

Which brings us to a poll …

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