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Old 05-19-2020, 01:00 PM
AK84 is offline
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Sports fans, how have replays and new technological aids changed conventional wisdom in sports

....and the game generally. (ran out of space)

For me in cricket, it was a surprise when ball-tracking technology came into being that batsmen who were hit "right in front" of the wickets were usually given out wrongly, the ball would likely go over the stumps.

Having played cricket since my youth, we all "knew" that the batter would feel the slightest touch of the ball on the bat, hell it was something we all experienced, you got a slight knick on the ball and nobody from the fielding side realized it.

When the Snickometer came into being, it turned out, actually, the batsman might make substantial contact and not realize it. So much so that it took nearly a decade for the technology to be accepted.

In tennis, since the advent of ball tracking, line calls are regularly being overturned since the ball **did** touch the line, so maybe John McEnroe had a point.

In soccer, Video Assistant Referee have unsurprisingly confirmed our suspicions about the synchronized diving abilities of top players, but still its shocking just how little illegal contact (stuff which would previously have ben ignored) is sufficient to bring down a player.


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