NFL Considers That Maybe It Was Wrong And Bill Belichick Was Right

Bill Belichick was grumpily baffled by the NFL owners' unwillingness to even consider his plan to install permanent cameras aimed at the sidelines and goal lines in every stadium. And he was even more upset they claimed it wasn't a possibility because it would have been too expensive. Well, I guess someone rifled… » 3/30/15 11:19am Today 11:19am

Bill Belichick Is Pissed The NFL Won't Adopt His Great Idea

This seems as uncontroversial as it comes: everyone, from fans to bookmakers to players and coaches and officials alike, just wants the NFL to get calls right. So why is there so much resistance to Bill Belichick's long-fought attempts to have cameras permanently installed on every field's boundary lines? The owners… » 3/26/15 9:38am Thursday 9:38am

NFL owners rejected 12 of 13 proposals to change the replay process, including the Patriots' proposal that every single play be challengeable. The only replay-related rule that passed will allow officials to use video review to put the right amount of time on the clock at the end of halves. » 3/25/15 9:16am Wednesday 9:16am

Lions GM Wants Coaches To Be Able To Challenge Penalty Flags

Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew, speaking at the combine, proposed a change to the NFL's replay rules: he wants coaches to be able to throw challenge flags on penalty calls. And yes, it has everything to do with the Lions getting screwed late in a playoff game. » 2/20/15 2:40pm 2/20/15 2:40pm

B1G Officials Lose Minds, Award OSU An INT On Obvious Incomplete Pass

Big Ten officials were stricken blind and stupid early in tonight's Ohio State-Penn State game as a pass from the Nittany Lions' Christian Hackenberg that clearly hit the ground was declared an interception by the Buckeyes' Vonn Bell. » 10/25/14 8:33pm 10/25/14 8:33pm

MLB Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt Sat Down For A Pre-Game Interview

MLB umpires rarely sit down with the media, however umpire Hunter Wendelstedt gave Todd Kalas a peek into this year's biggest game changer – the instant replay. Instead of being salty that technology was taking part of his job, Wendelstedt praised the positive impacts that instant replay has made on the game. » 9/03/14 12:00am 9/03/14 12:00am

Pirates Still Stewing Over Controversial Walk-Off Loss

The Diamondbacks won last night on a walk-off fielder's choice in the 10th, as Nick Ahmed successfully broke up the Pirates' potential double-play by getting hit in the arm by Jayson Nix's throw to first. Pretty perfect positioning with that arm, actually. Maybe a little too perfect. » 8/04/14 1:33pm 8/04/14 1:33pm

There Is No Explanation For Blowing This Call

This was a trapped ball. It was pretty clear, and indisputably so on replay. Yet umpires upheld their initial ruling of a catch, even after Ron Gardenhire's challenge. My headline up there isn't some huffy hyperbole on just how baffling the call was—it's about how umpires literally didn't give an explanation for how… » 7/30/14 10:07am 7/30/14 10:07am

Blue Jays Challenge Play To Get Their Own Runner Out

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons used MLB's instant replay in an unusual but clever decision in the top of the second of Thursday's game against the Athletics. » 7/04/14 10:00am 7/04/14 10:00am

The Nationals And Rangers Both Challenged The Same Play

A little bit of baseball replay history, and an old-fashioned inexplicable Ron Washington decision, all on a simple stolen base attempt. » 6/02/14 11:08am 6/02/14 11:08am

Is MLB Replay Just Making Things More Complicated?

"It's extremely difficult to have any faith in the process that's being used," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of MLB's new replay review procedure, which went against Boston on consecutive days. "On the heels of yesterday, it's hard to have any faith in the system." » 4/14/14 12:23pm 4/14/14 12:23pm

Umpires Used Instant Replay To Check The Count And I Wanted To Die

It took exactly four days for me to do a complete 180° on MLB's new replay review system. It happened when umpires lost track of the count in the ninth inning of last night's Yankees-Astros game, and spent more than three minutes using replay to count balls and strikes. I went from let's use technology to make sure we… » 4/04/14 1:47pm 4/04/14 1:47pm

MLB Replay Had Its First Major Fuck-Up

It took two days, but it was only a matter of time before MLB's new replay review system exposed its single biggest flaw. And it happened in a big way, on a play that very directly affected the outcome of a game. » 4/02/14 1:49pm 4/02/14 1:49pm

MLB Replay Reviews Took An Average Of 1:39

In the 13 games played on opening day, managers took advantage of MLB's new replay review system to challenge four calls, with a fifth coming from the umpires themselves. Two of them were overturned, but just as importantly, the reviews were conducted quickly—the shortest in 0:58, the longest in 2:30, and an average… » 4/01/14 6:05pm 4/01/14 6:05pm

This Is What MLB's Replay System Will Look Like

Expanded replay, approved during the offseason, had its debut today in the Blue Jays-Twins game in Fort Myers. Twice, actually! This is going to be a familiar sight in baseball's future, so we might as well get used to it. » 3/03/14 4:36pm 3/03/14 4:36pm

NFL Will Consider Making Fumble Recoveries Reviewable

You probably guessed this from your own knowledge of how knees are and aren't supposed to bend (Warning: photo is painful to look at, but maybe not quite as painful as Fox showing the replay six consecutive times), but the preliminary diagnosis indicates that all-pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman has a torn ACL. The least… » 1/20/14 11:06am 1/20/14 11:06am

MLB Is Adding Manager Challenges To Its Replay System

Major League Baseball has announced that the players' and umpires' unions have approved a substantial expansion of the league's current replay system. In short, baseball is getting an NFL-style challenge system, because it's deeply important to always get the call right unless the manager has already disputed a play… » 1/16/14 3:03pm 1/16/14 3:03pm

MLB Approves Instant Replay; Here's How It Will Work

At the owners' meetings in Orlando yesterday, MLB's 30 owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive instant replay system to be implemented for 2014. From a practical standpoint, this means we now have our first official description of what the system will look like. » 11/15/13 9:31am 11/15/13 9:31am