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Meanwhile in gymnastics, you have judges not awarding points to the guy who goes first because they want to leave room for the possibility that someone later will do better. That is just wrong. Can you imagine football like that? Touchdowns in the first quater are worth 3 points, second are worth 4, third are worth 5, and 4th are worth 6.

Why, exactly, is it wrong? Your two examples are not analogous – the reason why points remain constant in a football or soccer team is that either team could score at any time, and all that matters is who has more points when the whistle blows. But scores in a gymnastics meet only matter within the context of that competition. You just need to score better than the other 7 athletes who are competing there. Sure, it sucks to go first, but they have to leave room at the top, or else it would be a disadvantage for the last people. Someone who scores well at the beginning may not get as high a score as they would have for the exact same routine if they went last, but if everyone else is scored lower than them, they still win.

Am I making sense? There is no true constant against which all gymnastic scores can truly be judged, because each meet essentially takes place in a vacuum (with the one exception being Nadia's perfect 10, and I suspect that that routine will remain the exception). You can dislike judged events, but it's not all subjective blah blah blah.

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