Here in DC, there's traditionally a Senate/House softball game to decide which side of the legislative branch reigns supreme. Last year the game was played at RFK, which is kind of a neat thing. I didn't go or anything, but I could have! Anyway, I'd presume that they had backup players for pinch-hitting, defensive replacements and so forth. Presumably, those people would be able to continue working, via their cell phones or PDAs or whatever, while not playing.
Would that be considered "legislating from the bench"?