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Owzat?! [Jul. 15th, 2006|10:12 am]
Tony Grist

We have the technology, so why don't they use it?

Those of us at home know within seconds whether an umpire/referee has made the wrong decision. We can watch replays in slo-mo and computer simulation.  Would it slow things down insufferably if the umpir/referee also had access to a screen (worn as wrist watch, perhaps)?

The issue arises in every sport that's played with a ball, but it becomes particularly acute in cricket, because the ball moves so fast. Every day's play throws up a clutch of contentious decisions. The top level umpires are good, but not infallible. Far from it.  Yesterday, for example,  Simon Terfel gave Paul Collingwood "not out" when the replays clearly showed that he'd edged the ball to the wicket keeper. Collingwood went on to score 184.  These dangblasted errors can have a huge effect on the course of the game and for me they spoil it. In fact I couldn't bear to watch Collingwood after he got that decision. He was out and he knew he was out and there he was still creaming balls to the boundary and all I could think was, "You so shouldn't be there, dude!"

The Collingwood decision was the third crap decision in the match. Pietersen was given out when he wasn't (not by a mile) and Cook survived an edged catch very similar to Collingwood's though perhaps not quite as blatant. Some days it seems that whether a batsman survives or not has nothing to do with his or the bowler's skill but is entirely a lottery.

The sports authorities may wish the technology would go away, but it won't and every further year they refuse to employ it sees  the sport they are supposed to be defending become less and less credible.

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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2006-07-15 10:24 am (UTC)
I've actually wondered why there isn't a battery of cameras for this. I think for American football the referees will watch replays to help a difficult call.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-15 01:00 pm (UTC)
The cameras are there and the commentators and viewers can see the replays. It's just the umpires who can't.
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2006-07-15 01:12 pm (UTC)
Which makes it more inexplicable.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-15 01:37 pm (UTC)
I think the sports authorities are just terribly conservative. They're afraid of embracing any innovation in case it should somehow damage their beloved game.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2006-07-15 02:25 pm (UTC)
The sports authorities may wish the technology would go away, but it won't and every further year they refuse to employ it sees the sport they are supposed to be defending become less and less credible.

But it's such a British way to behave! (Or it seems to me. I would be disappointed if they joined the 21st century.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-15 03:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, but I don't want to live in ye olde theme parke of historical quaintnesses, I really don't...
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2006-07-15 06:56 pm (UTC)
I don't blame you.

I really appreciate that you "get" what I'm trying to say. "ye olde theme parke" is *exactly* what I was thinking of but wasn't clever enough to say.
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2006-07-15 10:23 pm (UTC)
in football here, coaches are allowed to challenge the referees' rulings, and then the referees will go to a monitor on the side of the field and look at the cameras, and determine whether to reverse the call or not. if the original ruling stands, then the team that challenged the call loses one timeout. this keeps coaches from frivolously challenging the referees.

in baseball, they still do not use instant replay of any kind. oddly enough, it's never really a problem as far as i can tell.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-16 08:11 am (UTC)
That's a good system. There's talk of introducing something similar in cricket. Each team gets to make so many challenges per game and pays a forfeit if it challenges wrongly. I'd welcome it.

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