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2013-01-23 10:18:07 AM  
No. Takes some of the competitiveness out of the game.
 
2013-01-23 10:18:19 AM  
Don't like it. The act of marking the ball is inexact, I surely don't want officials knowing precisely where the line to gain is before marking it.
 
2013-01-23 10:28:38 AM  
Well it might get all the Madden gamers to a real football game.
 
2013-01-23 10:29:54 AM  
FTA:
"The NFL is our prime customer at this point," Amron said, "and if we can make something that they like, maybe the NCAA and Canadian Football League will follow suit."

Son, how about you go work out the kinks in the minor leagues, THEN try it in the NFL?
 
2013-01-23 10:39:54 AM  

Orgasmatron138: FTA:
"The NFL is our prime customer at this point," Amron said, "and if we can make something that they like, maybe the NCAA and Canadian Football League will follow suit."

Son, how about you go work out the kinks in the minor leagues, THEN try it in the NFL?


Because we don't spend money on the gimmicky crap?

/Canadian
 
2013-01-23 10:41:28 AM  
"It will help all teams bring more fans to the stadium to see the game in person," Summerall said.

So I can either watch with a completely stocked bar, beer fridge, 3 bathrooms, all my brothers/inlaws/friends and the assortment of appetizers we all bring, plus a place for my kids to play with their cousins, and an early dinner before (4pm games ) or after (1 pm games) the game and then home 5 minutes later...

OR

Pay $300 to watch the same game with a new green line on the field.


I know for some people "the experience" is worth the cost but I'm not sure I would go to a game even with free BJ's at half time from the cheerleaders...
 
2013-01-23 10:52:07 AM  

Orgasmatron138: FTA:
"The NFL is our prime customer at this point," Amron said, "and if we can make something that they like, maybe the NCAA and Canadian Football League will follow suit."

Son, how about you go work out the kinks in the minor leagues, THEN try it in the NFL?


I hope you're not calling the CFL "minor league". They may not play NFL calibre football but they are playing at the pro level.

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Well it might get all the Madden gamers to a real football game.


I really feel like this is the only reason for this. I like innovation and technological advancements but I like that spotting the ball is an inexact science that can go either way for teams. Nothing is better than hearing a Madden player at the bar harp on about how "Lynch made it over the line! What are they all blind or somethin'!?"
 
2013-01-23 11:28:27 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Orgasmatron138: FTA:
"The NFL is our prime customer at this point," Amron said, "and if we can make something that they like, maybe the NCAA and Canadian Football League will follow suit."

Son, how about you go work out the kinks in the minor leagues, THEN try it in the NFL?

Because we don't spend money on the gimmicky crap?

/Canadian


like a military defense?

LOL
 
2013-01-23 11:30:26 AM  

tbhouston: Representative of the unwashed masses: Orgasmatron138: FTA:
"The NFL is our prime customer at this point," Amron said, "and if we can make something that they like, maybe the NCAA and Canadian Football League will follow suit."

Son, how about you go work out the kinks in the minor leagues, THEN try it in the NFL?

Because we don't spend money on the gimmicky crap?

/Canadian

like a military defense?

LOL


We have a different strategy... Typically we just don't piss off other countries. Cheaper.
 
2013-01-23 11:34:45 AM  
How about this. Make the entire field a touchscreen. You can have the yard lines, first down and scrimmage line, and commentators can use those yellow pens to draw routes directly on the field. Auction off one play per game that the fans get to draw up. Show stats and scores during live play under the player it relates to. Have giant ads flash across their feet, and if someone gets a penalty the lines very loudly and obnoxiously go BOWWWWW back 10 or 15 yards. Also the whole field pulses like a strobe light during touchdowns, and there's a digital path of flames behind runners in the flat.

Or just leave things alone, whatever.
 
2013-01-23 12:06:47 PM  
My problem with the laser is how it might affect players who are tackled near the line and look into the laser by accident. Nothing quite as nice as getting a laser pointer right in the eye.
 
2013-01-23 12:13:19 PM  
Any fan who can't figure out where the first down marker is just shouldn't go.
 
2013-01-23 12:38:12 PM  

Electromax: How about this. Make the entire field a touchscreen. You can have the yard lines, first down and scrimmage line, and commentators can use those yellow pens to draw routes directly on the field. Auction off one play per game that the fans get to draw up. Show stats and scores during live play under the player it relates to. Have giant ads flash across their feet, and if someone gets a penalty the lines very loudly and obnoxiously go BOWWWWW back 10 or 15 yards. Also the whole field pulses like a strobe light during touchdowns, and there's a digital path of flames behind runners in the flat.

Or just leave things alone, whatever.


just to pile on...create a football that when it detects that it is spiraling, it emits a smoke trail. Put chips in the ball so that it can be tracked when it breaks the plane of the endzone. Put lasers at the top of the fieldposts so that if a kick sails over the post, you would be able to know by seeing the laser light dot on the ball in the replay. Also, a video camera in every helmet (like they do for nascar)
 
2013-01-23 12:50:24 PM  
Why do some of you farkers like something "inexact" in your football experience? If that's what you like, you might as well get those replacement refs back. You can even have an inexact amount of timeouts, or an inexact interception.

I'd rather have something that speeds up the game, as long as it's accurate.

Yanks_RSJ: I surely don't want officials knowing precisely where the line to gain is before marking it.


They probably wouldn't be able to see the line at the time of marking the ball anyway, because players would be blocking the laser beams.
 
2013-01-23 12:53:37 PM  

skrame: or an inexact interception.


Guys I found Aaron Rogers FARK handle!
 
2013-01-23 12:55:20 PM  
Here's Summerall demonstrating it. On a side note, Pat Summerall and Lasers are the main theme of my new Sci-Fi screenplay.

Link

I wonder if there is a risk of eye damage.
 
2013-01-23 01:43:56 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: skrame: or an inexact interception.

Guys I found Aaron Rogers FARK handle!


Ha!

My allegiances lie a little south from GB. :)
 
2013-01-23 03:10:08 PM  

Hyjamon: Put chips in the ball so that it can be tracked when it breaks the plane of the endzone.


I know your post is somewhat facetious, however, I've been thinking for years that chipping ball (and the puck in hockey) would be extremely helpful and probably produce a buttload of useful statistics.

Determining forward progress would be easy, what's the ball trajectory when thrown, where did that punt go out of bounds, as you said, did the ball break the plane?

I wouldn't wire it up to lights or anything but I'd make the data available to the replay official and the movement of the ball stats available to the teams after the game.
 
2013-01-23 04:53:50 PM  
They still use chains, like the ancient Romans? I'da thought they started using lasers in the 70s.
 
2013-01-23 06:41:37 PM  
Lose the chains. Start every first down on a solid-yard line. If a guy gets tackled at the 39.5 yard line for a first down, just move it to the 40. No gimmicky laser needed as everyone knows they now need to get to the 50 for another set of downs.

The exception would be in first-and-goal situations (where inches actually matter) and you wouldn't use chains down there anyway.

There. We just saved 5-10 minutes per game.
 
2013-01-23 06:45:20 PM  
What makes you think the potato-heads would call it right even with another marker on the field. How many times do they have problems figuring out if a ball went over the goal line?

/I still like my idea of the ball exploding if it goes over the goal posts.
 
2013-01-23 06:48:29 PM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Orgasmatron138: FTA:
"The NFL is our prime customer at this point," Amron said, "and if we can make something that they like, maybe the NCAA and Canadian Football League will follow suit."

Son, how about you go work out the kinks in the minor leagues, THEN try it in the NFL?

I hope you're not calling the CFL "minor league". They may not play NFL calibre football but they are playing at the pro level.


More pro than Tebow, anyhow.
 
2013-01-24 08:33:32 AM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: I really feel like this is the only reason for this. I like innovation and technological advancements but I like that spotting the ball is an inexact science that can go either way for teams. Nothing is better than hearing a Madden player at the bar harp on about how "Lynch made it over the line! What are they all blind or somethin'!?"


You really think if sports events were officiated better people would stop discussing them?
 
2013-01-24 09:21:11 AM  

xria: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: I really feel like this is the only reason for this. I like innovation and technological advancements but I like that spotting the ball is an inexact science that can go either way for teams. Nothing is better than hearing a Madden player at the bar harp on about how "Lynch made it over the line! What are they all blind or somethin'!?"

You really think if sports events were officiated better people would stop discussing them?


No, but it would detract from that smug sense of superiority people get from knowing something someone else doesn't. You can't tell me it isn't somewhat satisfying to hear someone go on about how "Phil Simms doesn't know anything about being a quarterback!" and know how terribly wrong they are.

In all seriousness though, I just prefer keeping officials who get paid to spot the ball responsible rather than a LASER system that can be scapegoated every time there's a dispute. Not to mention the chains are material and noticeable if altered. In the unlikely event some one maliciously reprogrammed the LASER system how long would it take for anyone to notice?

/I like the tangible world
 
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