Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Instant Replays for Homeruns

Instant replays to substantiate that a home run wasn't really a ground rule double will soon be part of the game. Were that many mistakes being made in calling a HR? Or is there another consideration? Will we soon get another two or three commercial spots during the rewind? Will they stop the game for instant replays even when the ball clears the park? Even when the guy on the roof across from Wrigley field waves his hand.
I used to watch a lot of sports on TV but crimey, I can't stand to watch a game now. I didn't watch five minutes of the Olympics. Every time I turned it on it was either a bio, a commercial, table tennis on a table the size of a handkerchief, or beach blanket volleyball.
Mostly though, I just can't take the endless commercials. If more than 20 of the average 60 minute show is commercials, why not DVR everything?
Maybe sports aren't meant to be viewed live. That's for saps. The day after is looking better and better. But damn those Chinese sure play well on those hankies.


Levi Stahl said...

We watch all the playoffs and the World Series every October on a slight delay via TiVo. We have friends over, start the game when everyone's settled, skip all the commercials, and catch up to real time by the end. It's wonderful, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Can I do that on DVR also? I bet I can. Thanks.

John McFetridge said...

I've discovered soccer. I think years ago TV networks didn't like it because there's no stoppages in play for commercials but now they can run ads and stuff on screen while the game continues - we're so used to the screen including rolling text and pop-ups on everything.

And, you know, we finally got a soccer team in Toronto.

Randy Johnson said...

I think instant replay is a good idea. There have been calls for it for years. Several egregious mistakes this year, clearly shown by instant replay not available to the umpires, merely pushed the ball over the top and got it rolling downhill.
Remember years ago, an outfielder was waiting for a pop-up to fall in his glove(we call it camping out) when a boy in the stands reached out with a glove and deflected it into the stands. It was ruled a home run instead of out by interference and the Yankees went on to win the game, a playoff game they should have lost.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Rolling text commands my attention. The world above it could be in ashes and the rolling text talking about Madonna and I will opt for the rolling text. I guess we'll learn to tolerate instant replays but will it soon show up on other than homerun calls. How about plays at the plate?