Category: College Football

Robot Referees Won’t Make Mistakes

Robot Referees Won’t Make Mistakes

I am so frustrated with authority figures making mistakes while officiating sporting events. Umpires, referee’s, line judges it makes no difference. We have the technology, why not make machines to enforce rules? Human error would finally be erased from sports. Could you imagine how much better the games would be? I can, and they would be much, much worse.

The University of Miami pulled off a miracle, 8 lateral pass, kick return for a touchdown to beat Duke on Oct. 31. At first, the world was in awe. Later the world realized the touchdown was awful. Referee’s made four total errors on the final play of the game, which would have taken the game winning points off of the board. In response the NCAA has banned the officiating crew for two games without pay.

That doesn’t change the the bogus fact, that the Blue Devils lost to the Hurricanes.

On Nov. 1, the Seahawks got away with something that could have altered the outcome of the one point game. Pete Carroll made the mistake of calling a second straight time out. This should have resulted in a penalty, giving the Dallas Cowboys a first down. Instead the referee’s told the world they made a mistake, and the game continued on.

Major League Baseball umpires never catch a break. Networks use pitch tracking technology to show if a pitch truly should have been a strike or not. Based off of that technology, those home plate umpires are the worst officials in all of sports.

Basketball referees turn to a monitor to decide if a players foot was on a line, to judge intent on a hard foul and to see if a game changing shot left a players hand before time had expired. It’s 2015, shouldn’t technology have been developed to where the court itself can alert the teams if a player is out of bounds, or on the three point line?

Every major sport uses reply to review crucial points in a contest. It seems that when authority figures go to the replay booth, is the only time they get a call right. I don’t even see the need for human referee’s anymore. Maybe we should get rid of them.

While we are at it, I am tired of seeing base running mistakes, fumbled snaps and turnovers. Let’s build machines that play the sports for us. I would be intrigued to see a Super Bowl match up between Tom Bradybot, and Arron Robo. Two perfect teams, with perfect officiating seems like the perfect sporting experience.

Perfection in sports would take away everything we love about them. I love seeing a hitter take advantage of a mistake pitch, and follow it by unleashing a bat flip that disgraces the pitchers entire family. The internet explodes every time Steph Curry puts a defender on roller skates. Stories of persevering over adversity wouldn’t exist. Even the mistakes made by referee’s get the attention of the viewing audience.

Mistakes lead to emotion. Frustration with referee’s, heartbreak for those affected, elation if your team benefits. As a sports fan, I want the events to be full of errors. Sports are unlike anything else, the imperfections are what makes them perfect.


Sark After Dark

Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Some find relief in a long conversation with their best friend. Others relax with a video game controller in their hands. Unfortunately the desire for relaxation can go to an extreme.

Steve Sarkisian was considered one of the best college football coaches in the country. This was shown by the University of Southern California’s hiring of Sarkisian. That image has been destroyed over the past few months. Sarkisian was publicly intoxicated at a USC rally in August.

“Get ready to f***** fight on baby, let’s go,” Sarkisian said.

This drunken quote brought attention to USC’s football program. Coach Sark admitted mixing medication with alcohol during that event. The pressure of being a major college football coach had Sarkisian finding comfort in the bottom of a bottle.

USC asked Sarkisian to take a leave of absence and seek the proper medical treatment. The school fired Sarkisian one day later. In college football, there is no room for error. If a team losses a game, they have no chance of competing for a national title. That is the standard for how most high profile programs are judged.

What started as an entertaining slip up, resulted in an embarrassing, sad story. It is questionable if Sarkisian can ever return to coaching. As a coach, you are expected to be a role model for young men and women. Sarkisian’s troubles will follow him wherever he goes. I hope he can fully recover and return to what he enjoys doing.