When it comes to naval warfare training, when and where should simulation give way to real live experience?
In February 2007, late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien challenged tennis savant Serena Williams to a match. O'Brien sprang the idea on her, stripped to tennis clothes, and humiliated the champion athlete to the delight of his audience. Williams, an Olympic gold medalist, winner of virtually every major tennis tournament in the world, could be good humored about it. She was not actually beaten by a less-than-athletic talk-show host in real tennis. The game played was a simulation using Nintendo's Wii system.