What Has Happened to the NFL? The Disintegration of Professional Sports in America

I am a huge sports fan. I love the NFL and have been a life long Oakland Raider fan. Indeed, at age 8, I got a Kenny Stabler football uniform for Christmas. The NFL has always been part of my life and I look forward to it every year. I love the fall season as it turns to winder and football is a big part of that for me. So, it is with sadness that I have watch pro sports in this country become totally neutered and a joke for any intelligent fan to watch.

It seems though that the NFL is becoming more like the NBA in that players play the game and the refs decide them. The players no longer decide who wins the game on their own merits, the referees do. It is sickening to watch when EVERY game contains multiple: phantom pass interference calls. Peyton Manning gets another chance at a touchdown because he got knocked in the head-he has a helmet on! Touchdowns are taken away every game by some new rule that isn’t a rule and all previous rules are disregarded or interpreted differently. Lost fumbles where it was obviously not a fumble, but it stands because the team was out of challenges left. If you watch the games like I do, you see this every game. Refs over replaying and over analyzing to the point where it is not a game anymore, but a war of rule interpretation. You cannot even look at a quarterback anymore without drawing a fine and a 15-yard penalty and games are frequently decide late by pass interference. Just ask Pittsburgh’s James Harrison how he feels about the $100k he has been fined this year alone.

Yes, winning the games by superior athletic ability, skill, coaching, planning, those days are gone. Now, if the referees interpret rulings in your teams favor, they MIGHT win. Or if you team contains a superstar player. For example, if Ed Reed or Ray Lewis make a hard hit, then they are great ‘smash-mouth’ players. But if an Oakland Raider makes a hit, well the Raiders are a dirty team that draws a lot of penalties.

Maybe it was replay and technology that changed the games forever, but now like basketball, football has come a game where whoever gets the most calls wins. Don’t believe me? It started with the ‘tuck rule’ a few years ago when the Patriots were handed a berth in the Super Bowl. Watch Kobe or Lebron shoot 15-20 foul shots a game, EVERY game if you have any doubts. Oh, and now if you complain you will be given a technical foul and ejected after two, so that the fans can pay huge, over priced ticket prices to watch the bench players play.

It costs a family of 4 on average, $450 to watch an NFL game. Now, instead of watching the game, you can spend that money to watch a referee stick his head under a hood and interpret a rule that you didn’t even know existed. What a thrill!

Along with this, there will likely be a lock-out between owners and players. Millionaires against Billionaires deciding what to do with the money from a game that isn’t even a real game anymore.

Maybe I will watch hockey…

Holographically Projected Sports Stadium Score Boards for High Schools, Colleges, and the Pros

There have been various stories in the online news about local high schools around the country getting giant, billboard sized, digital score boards. These are magnificent electronic displays, like a flat screen HD TV but enormous in size. The cost is also amazingly high but those schools that can afford it, are going for it, and then selling ads in the local community and the booster club coughs up the rest.

Still, with this level of high-tech gadgetry it seems that perhaps they ought to skip a couple of incremental gains in technology and instead go straight to the futuristic holographic score boards. How so you ask?

Well, my concept here would be to have a 3-D experience above the stadium, perhaps even watching 3-D instant replays in mid-air, or re-projected onto the field in a place where no players are, such as the opposite side of the field, and then run it all in slow motion. Now you might think my concept here is far to Science Fiction like to even be plausible, but I say to you, it will be possible within a short amount of time. In fact, we already have the technology, albeit a bit crude now. However, if many schools did it, and the NBA, NHL, NFL, and other sports like European Football then the manufacturers could make it happen very soon.

Consider if you will that IBM has already allotted $5 Billion in research, a huge piece for holographic projection and spectral imaging. Apple just announced $1 Billion in new technology R&D. So, imagine this. You go to the game, and watch the holographic replay, download it to your iPad or iPhone and replay it yourself in the stand, or save it to you device or to the Apple Cloud. Can you imagine how cool this will be? And what about watching the video tape in the locker room for the players or after the game for training?

The teams, college scouts, and everyone else would have all this to study meaning the games and strategy would constantly get more dynamic and interesting. Besides that it could be used for holographic simulation training on the field during practices too. It might be used around running tracks for pacers for distance runners, or ghostly pole vaulters where the athlete could follow through with the image beside them. The uses and applications are “limitless” and this makes it a totally worthy investment you see?

And, since there is a need, schools will opt to purchase these high-tech sports tools, so we’ve just started a whole new industry of holographic projection, which can then be used for just about anything in any industry. Please consider all this and think on it.

Major League Baseball Must Expand Its Use of Instant Replay Now!

Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Are Ruining the Game

I’m tired of watching umpires taking over and ruining the beautiful game of baseball. Every umpire has his own strike zone and it is disgusting the way some pitches that are called strikes are clearly out of the strike zone. I admire the players for their restraint because it has to be so frustrating to have an “at bat” taken away or at least altered by today’s umpire’s version of the strike zone.

Opponents of instant replay say that it will ruin the integrity of the game. I say the umpires have already done that. They say it will lengthen the game time, I say it will it shorten it. They say it will take the “human element” out of the game and I say it will improve the human element by eliminating mistakes.

Currently baseball has agreed to use instant replay to review questionable home runs. However, the way they implemented it was all wrong. Why make the umpires walk into some room under the stadium to view tape? In a recent (8-16-11) game between the Yankees and Kansas City Royals there was a disputed home call. It took five minutes to review the play and in the end they still made the wrong call.

It wasn’t replays fault that it took umpires five minutes to make a call (right or wrong), it’s the way the process has been implemented. What is the sense of having three umpires walk from the field into a viewing room under the stadium, when a fifth umpire in a replay booth could have made the correct call in a matter of seconds.

I’ve read some opponents articles where they suggest that it could take 15 minutes to review a play. That is ridiculous. Again for you fans that watch baseball on TV, we see the replay, many times from several different angles in a matter of seconds.

This Didn’t Just Start…Remember This One?

Jeffrey Maier was involved in an incident in which he deflected a batted ball hit by Derek Jeter in-play into the stands during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. His action altered the course of Game 1, as the resulting home run allowed the Yankees to tie the score. They would go on to win the game and the series, four games to one.

What is the Strike Zone?

There actually is a definition of a strike zone in the rule book; however it certainly isn’t being enforced. I love the technology (e.g. ESPN’s K-Zone) that television provides us showing where a pitch is in relation to the actual strike zone. One of the arguments opponents of instant replay have is that it will make the game longer. What happens today when an umpire calls a pitch that is out of the strike zone a strike; the batter backs away, adjusts his gloves, stares at the ump and finally gets back into the batter’s box. How long does that take; multiplied by how many times a game this happens. Also, the use of the technology would eliminate the possibility of players and managers from being thrown out of games for arguing strike calls.

A Typical Example

Based on a true situation, K-Zone shows the pitch as a strike, but not to the umpire on this night. He calls it a ball, ball 4. The batter takes first, loads the bases. The next batter hits a blooper into left for a walk-off single. Instead of strike three the batter is given a free pass based on an arbitrary strike zone keeping the inning alive and giving the home team one more chance for victory. There are probably thousands of situations like this during the baseball season. The next night or for that matter the next batter that same umpire could call that pitch a strike.

MLB needs to incorporate replay reviews in other areas of the game where missed calls frequently arise.

Fixing baseball umpiring requires a two prong approach: (1) significantly expand the use of technology and, (2) completely redefine umpire’s roles and responsibilities.

The technology has existed for 10 years. Why won’t MLB use applications like ESPN’s K-Zone to show the exact trajectory of the ball across, around, or outside the strike zone? The best solution here would be to have something like Pitchf/x automatically call every ball and strike. He can communicate electronically with the first, second and third base umpires to overturn a close call when that umpire misjudges a bang-bang play. If a call is simply too close to call on replay, then the on-field call will stand.

Technology will make the game better and end the bickering between players/managers and umpires. Players and fans want it and I would bet that even most of the umpires want it. They don’t want to make a blunder that will hang over their heads forever.

I love baseball. But I’m fed up with the inaction. Fans deserve to have their sports judged fairly. Time moves on, baseball needs to finally move with it. Given the battle ahead for expanded replay of any kind, I don’t see that day coming any time soon.

Become a Sports Betting Expert – Excel in the Majority of Your Online Gambling Bets

Why should you contemplate sports betting with basketball picks as a practical, money-making opportunity? Like me, you’ve likely heard of betting with basketball picks, and how the pull of gambling-specifically online gambling may have washed away so many peoples fortunes. But sports betting can also be incredibly lucrative and rewarding to a bright bettor…allowing you to generate an extraordinary income…in far less time than what you could have ever thought possible!

Imagine if there was an easy, template-style, idiot-proof way to profit on sports betting, online gambling, and basketball picks. Actually, there are profitable strategies so innovative that a complete sports betting rookie could employ it to bank tens of thousands in rocket-fire, huge profits in just a few short weeks-efficiently.

Whereas there are many useful tips to create a exciting, scientifically based income from precision sports betting and basketball picks wagering, there are some exact rules to start with. Produce the wagers with minimum downside to you and weather the storm in bad times or slumps. How to comprehend streaks, slumps, and going nowhere fast in sports betting is a mathematical and statistical training well worth the effort.

Pick a sport to wager on and whether you will head to Vegas or engage in online wagering. Professional and College Basketball fit the bill. These sports get a great deal of action and there is a lot of research that can be had from basketball like: news, sports services, TV replays and sports websites. Place basketball picks and wagers with the smallest casino advantage. Spreads and Totals are the wagers with the least disadvantage. The 11/10 betting structure is typical for spreads and totals. The disadvantage seems substantial but this is not automatically so.

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