I’ve been reading and watching a lot about Major League Baseball considering instant replay. It doesn’t make much sense to me why they wouldn’t use it when every other sport has replay. It’s been said that it will slow the game. Can it slow it any more than the umpires standing and discussing the call? Football has installed rules to speed up instant replay, like a countdown clock, and making the coaches request replays. Similar rules can make replay efficient and less time consuming, and less abuse. An NFL coach is limited in his number of request. This can just as easily be applied to baseball. I believe, at the bottom line, the call must be right. We must have the real effect of a game be something true, instead of an irreversible bad call. Replay is not perfect by any stretch, but it lets us get it right more often than with the naked eye.
For anyone reading this, I would like to know what you think. Are you a purist or more modern? How does replay help or hurt the game? I think the best question is: Is MLB better off with or without replay?
I think there is a difference between why players cheat and why teams cheat. A player will cheat to gain an advantage on the floor. Whether that be an elbow foul or through steroids, it’s all about better performance on the field of play. This is constant among players, always trying to vie for supremacy. But what about when sports businesses cheat, like the New England Patriots, when they videotaped opposing teams’ workouts? How does that compare to players cheating on the field? I think the cheating off the field is what would happen on the field if the refs weren’t there to immediately punish infractions. Cheating is part of human nature, it’s part of animal nature, it’s all part of competition. Sports is no different than life, except in life there are no referees. Continue reading
I’ve always read sports religiously as well as political and economic news. Growing up in Denver, I’ve always followed all Colorado sports as well as the national sports scene. As I grow older I look back at a lot of events with a different perspective. As analytical skills grow, you start to see things in sports that you didn’t see as a kid. One example I can think of was in 1990, when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson (left).
I remember when it happened, everyone was speechless. It was unreal. This bruiser had been knocking people out left and right. He had so much going for him, I’m sure some were ready to put him in the company of Ali, Robinson, Marciano, etc. Then that night in Tokyo, Mike Tyson’s Heel was laid bare for all opponents to see. The knockout showed what Tyson’s life would be like from then on. He was sent to jail for rape shortly after and the downward spiral continued. Now twice a felon, Tyson lost his last fight to Kevin McBride right here in DC in 2005. How the mighty have fallen. Continue reading