Plenty of sports fans have accused a game official of costing them the game (myself included).
Sometimes a game official will cost photographers the best photo.
The high school fastpitch softball game was tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning (these are seven-inning games). The home team was at bat with the winning run on third base. A batter laced a single to right to score the winning run.
I was set for the inevitable jube, focusing on the batter who would, of course, be swarmed by happy teammates.
Click, click, DAMN IT! The umpire walked right between me and the celebrating players blocking me from the best photos of that celebration.
Luckily, I was able to shoot two frames before the ump ruined the photo and we were able to run this photo of the game-winning player. Not a great photo but at least I had one image of the player right after she won the game.
This doesn’t happen only in softball. It happens in any game in which there are on-field officials – football, basketball, you name it. Sometimes you can position yourself to minimize official blockage (as far to the outside as possible on the baseline is one way in basketball).
But if an official blocks the shot, tough luck. That’s the way the ball bounces.