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

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 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

Will Instant Replay Kill The Neighborhood Play?

In the end it didn't matter. The Tigers won handily even with Stephen Drew clearly coming well off the bag on a would-be double play in the second inning. (The throw to first would be late.) But what if this extra out, which cost Detroit at least one run, had meant the game? This question's only hypothetical for a few… » 10/17/13 1:59pm 10/17/13 1:59pm

MLB's Crappy Replay Tech: It's A Miracle Umps Ever Get A Call Right

Much has been made of umpire Angel Hernandez's botching of replay review in last night's Oakland-Cleveland game, a mistake that might have cost the A's the game. You've doubtless already seen the play numerous times on your home TV or computer screen, but you've probably never seen it the way Hernandez did—or how every … » 5/09/13 5:23pm 5/09/13 5:23pm

Upon Further Review, The Overscrupulous NBA Replay Policy Wastes…

March Madness arrived early in last night's Boston-Miami game, but that had less to do with LeBron James's improbably perfect game-winning jumper over Jeff Green, and far more to do with the mindless, inane three-and-three-quarter-minute review on the following play. » 3/19/13 6:36pm 3/19/13 6:36pm

The NFL Will Get Rid Of Its Dumbest Rule

On Thanksgiving, Jim Schwartz boned Jim Schwartz by throwing a challenge flag on Justin Forsett's 81-yard touchdown. But really, the NFL boned Jim Schwartz—the rule that you can't challenge a play that's automatically reviewed, and if you try, you're penalized and it's not reviewed, is awful, illogical, and frankly… » 2/21/13 3:35pm 2/21/13 3:35pm

Bud Selig Is Not Against Change, Just Change That Matters

We've had a busy week around here and things were bound to fall through the cracks. So, I hope you don't mind if we take a spin in the Wayback Machine to Tuesday last so we can talk about your favorite doofus uncle, Bud Selig. Great, thanks. » 7/14/12 2:20pm 7/14/12 2:20pm

Does The Success Of An NFL Replay Challenge Depend On Which TV Network …

NBC's 40 cameras should give officials an unprecedented number of angles to analyze in the occasion a replay challenge is issued during Sunday's Super Bowl. While it makes sense that the biggest game of the season would have more replay resources, there are also differences in the video coverage of regular season… » 2/03/12 4:30pm 2/03/12 4:30pm