that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
As the title suggests, Instant Replay is Of The Devil.
In the average person's imagination, Instant Replay serves a single purpose: to make games more fair. In fact it does no such thing. At the expense of human enjoyment (by prolonging games, often seemingly interminably) it simply offers a placebo effect: because we have instant replay, things must be better than if we did not have it.
This is not, in fact, the case.
Human ingenuity has brought us incredibly accurate slow-motion replay. Thanks to technological genius, most people with functioning vision clearly saw the Duke player's finger deviate from its natural position in a splayed hand configuration due to its contact with the ball. And yet, in utterly predictable fashion* the refs stuck with their original decision: Duke ball.
The "tell" of slow-motion replay and its status as opium for the barely-sentient mainstream sports-consuming masses is the fact that it only applies (for out-of-bounds decisions) in certain time periods. As we all know, two points scored at 13:40 count the same as two points scored at 1:32. And yet, for some reason, out-of-bounds decisions become critical in the last two minutes of the game. So critical, in fact, that refs must review them (and then ignore the slow motion evidence).
Instant replay is a crude tool, selectively applied for no good reason, which has no significant positive effect on the accuracy of rule application in sporting events, or at least not enough to counterbalance its annoyance effect as an interruption to the flow of the game. It is, when all is said and done, Of The Devil.
* Not at all meant to be an anti-Duke comment: refs get it wrong all the time and probably not, in the long term, in Duke's favor. The point of this rant is that instant replay doesn't really improve things enough to justify the boredom of waiting for the final verdict.
I'm puting the O/U at 5.5 years.
Really wanted Duke to lose, but history remains unchanged: The last two B1G schools to win an NCAA basketball championship are Michigan State and Michigan.
And the last two B1G schools to win an NCAA football championship are Ohio State and Michigan.
Where do I sign up to be an instant replay official?
I mean... how can you be so bad at your job? How many times have we seen conclusive evidence not be recognized? Is there a vision test?
Looks like Spike will be getting surgery after all. Can't tell if it's going to be both hips or just 1. Word was he needed it on both but since you can only do it one at a time, this will be brutal for him. Sounds like a similar situation to Max - but double. Good luck buddy and we'll see you next fall.
...huh, it's halftime, how has this thread not already been created?