The NFL has a weird relationship with technology.
On the one hand, instant replay is part of the game. On the other hand, first downs are still measured using a ten yard long chain. It’s a weird dichotomy. And we saw the results of both low-tech and high-tech on the games last Sunday, as we were left pondering once more what exactly is a catch in an age of hi-def super-slo-mo, and as we watched a referee using an index card to determine if there was a first down.
If you’re wondering why the NFL still uses a chain, Pro Football Talk explained why here. Frankly, I don’t buy it, but at least they’re thinking about it.
If you’re wondering why no one knows what a catch is, you are not alone.
Other topics for today:
- Kobe’s numbers retired
- Jerry Richardson, dirty old man and racist, to sell Panthers
- Hot Stove League finally heats up
- Christmas Day basketball extravaganza coming!
As ever, all sports topics welcome.