Sam's contest seams to be the new ground for new judges to get there feet wet. The reason, because of the way to get there judges............first come. Not all bad, but the new judges have a chance to jump into a contest. Alot of contest have the same judges each year,so a problem happens with Sam's. Too many newbies!
Not always the case but, first hand knowledge. This is just my idea why you see some crazyness. To not even taste the meat............no idea other then inxperince.
Don't beat yourself up on this, just move on to the next contest. That judge got tossed anyway,