The World According to Keitho

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Posts Tagged ‘instant replay’

The slide

Posted by keithosaunders on October 12, 2015

LIsten, the Mets did not lose Saturday night’s NLDS game against the Dodgers because of Chase Utley’s chippy slide. They lost it because they couldn’t score more than two runs against Zack Greinke.  As much as I hate to admit it Utley did nothing wrong.  He went into second base hard, as he was trained to do; as ballplayers have doing for over a century.  I’m more upset that the umps did not rule him out since he came nowhere near to touching second base.  Once again replay fails us. What’s the point of having it if not to decide plays like these?

And memo to Terry Collins:  Throw the sabermetrics away.  You had no business taking Bartolo Colon out of the game after a botched double play.  This may be a stretch, but big Bartolo has pitched a few years — I think he can get a lefty out. Leave your broken down chess pieces in the bullpen until you get into real trouble.

That being said, this series is the Mets to lose.  They got what they wanted out of their trip to Los Angeles — they stole a game from Clayton Kershaw.  Now it’s time for Matt Harvey to back up his cocky demeanor.  Harvey against Brett Anderson is a mismatch.  If the Mets bats are quiet we need to see Harvey go deep into this game and silence an anemic, underachieving Dodgers lineup. That means pitch count be damned. Is Harvey a ballplayer or a corporate interest?  A gamer or a faceless drone? A hero or a bum?

Advertisements

Posted in baseball | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Why getting it right is so wrong

Posted by keithosaunders on October 2, 2015

A few comments about how much baseball sucks today. That 1977 Phillies/Dodgers playoff game I watched the other night: How long do you suppose it took to play that game? Remember, this was a 6-5 game. The Phillies used 4 pitchers while the Dodgers used 6, which was a lot for those days.

It took 2 hours and 59 minutes.

Here’s another thing: In the 2nd inning there was a play at the plate. Burt Hooten hit a double and Steve Garvey tried to score from 2nd. Bob Boone, the Phillies catcher, blocked the plate because this was pre-pussy baseball before the neutering of the catchers and umpires.   Harry Wendelstedt, the home plate ump,  ruled that Garvey was safe. However…he was out. You could easily tell by the ONE REPLAY they showed that Garvey was not able to slide under the tag. Wendelstedt, got the call wrong. The announcers noted it and then moved on, never once mentioning it again.

And guess what? The world didn’t stop turning on its axis, and what ensued was one of the more memorable playoff comebacks. There was the technology, even in ‘1977, to institute booth reviews yet they didn’t. Why? Because they realized they had a great game and didn’t want to ruin it.

Think about this as you enjoy your 5 hour Yankees/Bluejays games.

Posted in baseball | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Getting it right…wrong.

Posted by keithosaunders on August 10, 2015

umps

The worst thing that’s happened to sports in the past decade is the proliferation of instant replay. Nothing makes me reach for the remote faster than the sight of a zebra going under the hood for a 3+ minute booth review.

In the case of baseball it is an abomination.  There’s nothing like taking a slow game and slowing it down.  Every single close play at first base is reviewed.  Every single play!  It’s gotten to the point where I feel embarrassed for the umps.  Why do they even bother to make a call when they know it’s going to confirmed or overturned by some slacker in a N.Y. bunker.  Safe, out, who cares?  Let the boys in New York decide. (by the way, where can I apply for that gig? I’d like to sit around in my underwear all night eating pretzels while staring at half a dozen MLB feeds.)

Don’t give me this tripe about ‘getting the call right.’ Are the umps not skilled professionals?  For a hundred years the umps ‘got it right’ well over 90% of the time. Improbable though it is, the game has not only survived but thrived.

Do people even want umps, because if folks are souless enough to trumpet the ‘we have the technology to get it right’ argument then they are tacitly admitting that umpires are an anachronism.  Let the fucking quest tech robots call the balls and strikes and your little bunker boys can review every damn play of the game.

Oh yeah, and enjoy your 5 hour April Mariners/Rangers games.

Posted in baseball, sports | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Annnnnd I’m back

Posted by keithosaunders on November 10, 2013

March 12th, 2011 is the date of my last post.   What happened to me? First of all my laptop died rendering me without a keyboard.  In addition, I have experienced the greatest surge in business in my life and am now gigging 5-7 nights a week, in addition to teaching.  Lest you begin to think that I have become a one percenter let me remind you that this is the music business we’re talking about – specifically the jazz business.  I remain, albeit happily, ensconced in my 500 square foot apartment with hot and cold running   pretzels.

So how about those republicans?  Since I’ve been away they’ve managed, through their batshit crazy hijinx, to put themselves in a position where it will be damn near impossible to win a national election.  But conservatives need not despair for the Democrats have become the new Republicans.  Data mining, wiretapping, and endless war will see to it that we the people remain in a constant state of subservience to the conservative ideal.

On the music front the scene has devolved into asking friends, family, and strangers for handouts to fund  projects such as recording dates, concerts, and by virtue of the tip jar, club gigs.  And it’s not just music I’m referring to.  I’m getting ready to kickstart a project to dress my dog in authentic period clothing of La Belle Époque.  It’s out of control!

In sports replay is all the rage.  How we, as a society were able to endure over 100 years of World Series without definitive proof of the accuracy of umpires calls is beyond me.  No matter, baseball, with its inevitable move to instant replay is hell-bent on sucking the final iota of soul that remains in this once proud game.  Any sport that boasts Joe Buck as its number one announcer would have problems, even sans McCarver.  The addition of interminable booth reviews to the 2014 season could be the tipping point to this fan’s tolerance of post season ball.  The thought of Buck having an additional 20% of air time to fill is horrifying to say the least.

Posted in baseball, jazz, media, music | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

I have a dream: A world without booth reviews

Posted by keithosaunders on November 19, 2010

Sometimes it feels like I’m on an island.  I am the only one I know who would be happier if the NFL did not use instant replay.  For years we got along without it and we did just fine.  In fact, if you asked to name one important game that was lost due to lack of instant replay I would be stumped.

To be honest I don’t care if the refs get it right or not.  All I want is for the game to keep moving.  I have confidence that the refs are professional enough that they will call the play called correctly over 90% of the time.  That’s enough for me.

How many times are you enjoying an exciting game only to have it interrupted to decide whether or not both of the receiver’s feet were inbounds?  Not only does the game come to a grinding halt but we are then subjected to at least a half-dozen replays.  Not to mention the mind-numbing speculation by the announcer as to the ruling.   By the time the ref gets his ass out from behind the curtain I don’t even care if the call is reversed.  I just to see more of the damn game.

Worse still is when the game gets down to the final two minutes of the 2nd and the 4th quarters, at which point the refs upstairs decide if a play is reviewable.  They always err on the side of caution;  they will call for a booth review if the left tackle so much as sneezes. 

Under the current system it stands to reason that half of the time the call is going to go your way, meaning in favour of the team you’re rooting for, and the other half of the time you’ll be disappointed.  Wouldn’t it be exactly the same without replay?  Sometimes a bad call will go your way, sometimes it won’t.  The only difference is that without replay the game moves at a much faster pace. 

Human error is part of life.  Sometimes imperfections give it character.  I don’t care if Max Roach speeds up and I also don’t care if Chad Ochocinco is inbounds or not!

Posted in football | Tagged: , , , , , | 6 Comments »