The great debate continues – to use technology in sport (or more technology in some instances) or not to?
An umpire gives a batsmen out, whose going through a rough patch and his international career ends because of a bad/wrong decision (that refers to cricket for my US friends :).
A ref makes a bad call (or in the case of Mr Bryce Lawrence – 223 bad/wrong/horrendous/daft/questionable/entirely contrary to the rules/stupid/downright incompetent/where in the world did this guy get trained because he had no idea what he was doing, calls) and a nations hopes of winning the rugby world cup come to an abrupt halt!
The previous sentence is in no way directed at Mr Lawrence but is merely an example that I decided to use to make a point – I’m sure Mr Lawrence’s best years of refereeing are still ahead of him because clearly its not behind him!
Okay now that that’s off my chest let me get into this. I have always been for less use of technology than more. However when you look at all that is invested into sport these days from players careers, to the money investors lay out and the emotions of rugby fans who felt they were cheated out of winning a world cup because some New Zealander had his eyes closed all game……. Okay Thatman take it easy!!! I have come to the conclusion that the technology is there, so use it. Purists will argue (and I was one of them) that it will slow down the game and take away from the traditions of the sports and the intrigue of waiting for a human umpire to give you out when you clearly didn’t nick the ball – I say if humans are getting it wrong more and more these days and with so much at stake, then there is no other alternative than to make more use of Hawkeye, goal line tecnology, 3rd umpires and other technology out there!
I’d rather have the right decision and add a few minutes to the game than a wrong one that decides the outcome of an important game.

ThatManRuss would like to add that he holds no grudge against Mr Lawrence and wishes him nothing more than for him to never officiate another Springbok game in his life!!!

You can bite on both…

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Comments
  1. I still blame him for the BB outage…

  2. Spook says:

    Forget hi-tech stuff… All third umpires should be equipped with military issue sniper rifles, to take out offenders and bad refs!

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