No sooner had Judge Leon delivered the hard smash on to the very top of the net, with General Hayden's nose inches to one side (observing), than Judge Pauley lunged inward and scooped up the tottering ball, lofting it over and to a far corner of the table so that it bounced sideways.
This rejoinder to Judge Leon's riposte sent Leon staggering backwards, reaching to his left with the back of his bat--but to no avail.
Yes, Pauley was definitely agile with this incredible scoop-save of the ping pong ball which had caught and tottered over the net, and, after its few dribbling steps, scooping and spinning it in a return!
It was indeed a devilish squirt from Pauley to the right side of the table in terms of GPS tracking the event.
At this point General Hayden lay down a finger toward Judge Pauley and shouted "Point!" And the game drew even 5-5.
Later, in interviews for the event, since the game had to be held in suspension at that point, General Hayden explained that the Pauley maneuver had not only succeeded, but unfortunately put Judge Leon onto his backside, a painful situation, from which the match needed to be temporarily suspended.
The audience had drawn in eagerly, some shouting encouragement to one or the other player, and of course always questioning, when Mr. Hayden made a decision with his abrupt, flinging finger and his sternly shouted "Point!" to bring the match even.
The NSA championships will now continue at other tables, with more players. We are hearing Justice Roberts, for example, has the fastest serve on the east coast, an unnerving, flashing serve so rapid some believe the ball may pass underneath the net.
Justice Ginsburg on the other hand tends to play back from the table, very lean and quick, eyes of a fox, and able to scoop returns from when they are even very near to the floor.
But most important has been General Hayden's rulings for the contest so far. Balls utilized (made in China) have been scrupulously examined to find no defect or back door malware trained toward players and the referee.
Nevertheless, a person's coming in to possession of any ball--as with, say, one spraying tangentially off the bat of a player into the audience--must not examine it, and return it at the first opportunity to the nearest usher wearing a NSA uniform.
Mr. Hayden's spokesperson explained tersely that if, and this if was accompanied by a lengthy following pause, if anyone should attempt to secrete and pocket a ball and take it away from the auditorium to examine it, the "traitor" label could follow.
Further: the event, the contest, the paraphernalia have all been legalized secretly by the FISC as to their meaning and application affecting the public.
Audience should remain diligent on the sidelines, watchful but silent.