As Danny Crawford Arrives, Human Officials Should Depart

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Was watching Rangers-Yankees Sunday night on ESPN and was struck by something. As our TV pictures have been more clear via HD, our screens have gotten more cluttered with an avalanche of information.

On the screen at one time were graphics for the network, balls, strikes, outs, runners on base, inning, pitch count per inning, score and--of course--the constant scroll of info at the bottom of the screen with scores and information from every sport. It was all too much ... and then ...

ESPN produced a transparent, grayish-virtual- strike-zone box over the plate. I'm probably in the minority on this one, but I loved it.

As I read today that the NBA is admitting a referee mistake in Game 1 of Nuggets-Thunder and as Mavs fans brace for the return of dark cloud Danny Crawford tonight, I say anything -- even a small step -- that moves toward eliminating the human element of officiating is a good thing.

For anyone that watched the 2006 NBA Finals, the theory feels real that officials have bias against a certain team. Coincidence or not, the Mavs are 2-16 in the last 18 playoff games officiated by Crawford. And with his arrival at AAC timed with Blazers coach Nate McMillan being fined $35,000 for his post-Game 1 criticism of the foul discrepancy -- uh-oh.

Meanwhile, the NBA confirms what we all saw at the end of Game 1 in Oklahoma City Sunday night. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins went through the net and tipped in a Russell Westbrook shot that was clearly on the rim. It should have been a goal-tending violation. Instead, the allowed basket gave OKC a one-point lead with one minute remaining in what would be a four-point win.

Perkins -- and a lot of folks -- has said that officiating errors are part of the game. But when I see tennis using computers to call lines and basketball checking replays for crucial plays and baseball using virtual strike zones, I stand and applaud.

Clutter or not, we're clearly headed in the right direction.


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Jb33
Jb33

RW you're not only a jackass but wirh a dickhead to boot

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Ive never heard of an announcer getting a night off unless an emergency came up. Is this the begining of the end for Rhads

http://twitter.com/#!/RangersR...

Brian Dlogin tweets he is play by play on TV tonight

Dmkergo
Dmkergo

OMG, I found a show worse than Richie and Greggo, and the old Bottlerockets (weekends with Elf and his buddy that is/was retarded)......it's called the DbagNation, and holy crud, it effin' sucks. Even worse than the Shah and Choppy. WORSE....than BDH broadcasting from his living room. The guy throws down sh%tloads of "bra" and hell if I care attitude, and guess what; I'll be damned if this guy ain't 30!!!! Is he appealing to:

-7 year old girls?-tollway douchers? welp, both have the same mindset-meeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEE.

He has this segment on the other night about video games and I'm thinkin', here I am in a recession, raisin' three kids to be morally just, and I have some half cocked f$ckhead telling me about Mortal Combat or Halo-WTF? My back hurts. My 401K is getting killed. I'm working 80+ hours. We are giving CARE to every person that looks like a third world national.

Also:

-The streets are crumbling-Healthcare is gone-We have massive budget cuts for schools.

And I got some 32 year old acting like a 12 year old?!!!! Really. GAVIN DAWSON, you sir are an________________________?

ps-Nobody listens to this sh$t-right?

This is exactly what I am talking about. First you have a few subversive's and the next thing you know, we have:

-hippies, then WORSE-yuppies!-assh#les with tat's and piercings-A GENERAL "I DON'T CARE ATTITUDE!"-people that make 30 grand a year that think they are rich

.............................let's take this country back; on a grassroots level, sure, a little God, but, a whole lot of moxie and rugged "know how". Stand up, it's not all about cars, and houses (as we all have seen), it's about protecting our rights, freedoms and liberty. Gorsh danged ya'll, stand up and fight!

Go Bruins, and the greatest hockey player EVER-Bobby Orr!

Radio Informant
Radio Informant

rangers on 660am loud and clear for those who are tired of ben & skin's mavs pre-game.

i was told richie was attempting to rip on the rangers for not being on espn radio today due to nba playoffs.let me remind him and you readers that 105.3 cut short his show 3 times a few weeks back to broadcast NIT playoffs.let me also remind him and you the readers that rangers baseball took less $ to bolt from 105.3 to join 103.3.

rangers baseball obviously knows a little something about how that station is run.

Ray D. O.
Ray D. O.

March 6, 1836On that fateful day, Davy Crockett woke up and walked from his bunk on the floor of the Alamo up to the observation post on the west wall.

William B. Travis and Jim Bowie were up there already. The three gazed at the hordes of Mexicans moving steadily towards them.

Crockett turned to Bowie with a puzzled look on his face and said, "Jim, are we landscaping today?"

Ray D. O.
Ray D. O.

an open letter to all the midgey whitt bashers out there:

please back off him as his purpose in life has been discovered.he is the solution for the next time some miners get stuck in the middle of the earth.you see he currently captains 100k watts of pm drive radio straight into the ground.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

As far as jokes go, that was the worst thing I've heard in a long, long time.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

The strike zone tracker would be great if it wasn't only mildly accurate at best. Umpires all have different zones, and it is up to the players to adjust per game. ESPN's graphic is just generic and thus doesn't take that into account.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

hey, welcome Captain Obvioius!I hope to see more of you around.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

I wish it were an obvious fact, but even Mr Whitt can't seem to wrap his mind around the idea that it wouldn't work for replacing humans.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

You mean umpires make up their own strike zone? You mean they ignore the rule book and call it how they want? I am SHOCKED. Fire every one of them.

RW's Doppelganger
RW's Doppelganger

*swoon* - Richie Whitt responded to me on the first blog posting today! *swoon*

Still waiting on him to come to Decatur to rescue me. I think the truck I'm tangled up in is about to head out to the fires soon. Save me, Richie Whitt, you're my only hope. Grasp me in your smooth hand and guide me to your minions, Richie Whitt.

:(

greggoneedshelp.com
greggoneedshelp.com

GreggoNeedsHelp.com

i wanted to start it, but i only got 17 signatures of the Fail Fails who give a crap.

someone wanna take the lead?start a petition to get greggo a real host

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

17? That's pretty good. Probably half of all listeners right there.

Greggo's relapse
Greggo's relapse

Were you the one that fail texted "How do I get Richie kick off show?" They were bashing you on the air.

Rooster
Rooster

The only people on the planet that wouldn't want to see less refs and more automation are the refs and and the mobsters who buy them off.

Anyone that thinks Tim Donaghy was a one-off is kidding themselves...

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

In unrelated news:

1. The Korean Reliever802. Merten's Molestation713. ScottsMerkin66.54. DavyCrockett665. The Richie Shitt's64.5(+9.5 yesterday!)6. Balk You587. Fandricks578. TRDP1s Bloodytacos549. Josh'sbrokenshoulder52.510. Stupid Bitch51.511. The Carl Crawfords39

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I picked up a point. I'll take my small victories any way I can get them. Once my lineup starts hitting, and they will, watch out.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Open letter to The Carl Crawfords, I've tried everything I can think of to get Greinke out of your camp..and never even get a counter proposal..throw a trade idea at me, and we'll see what we can do.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You're offering junk for Greinke. I made a fair offer for Hamilton and Feliz where you got Greinke and Crawford and you declined. I have starting pitching--I need a closer. Feliz for Greinke straight up. Or someone else can humor me for him, but Oswalt has been dealt, I'm not letting an ace go for a Huston Street-type. Or Cordero, for that matter.

Josh's brokenshoulder
Josh's brokenshoulder

Right on brother, hold on and wait it out. I am very much looking forward to Greinkes 3rd best position player returning to the lineup..and of course Aardsma..and Josh..No wins for the old rotation tonight, but atleast Pujols got rained out. Atleast the Rangers are doing well...shoot me

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I picked #9. Crawford hasn't done squat yet but it wasn't overdrafting. Plus I'm pretty sure I went Votto in the 1st round. And just because he can't hit his way out of a wet paper bag right now doesn't mean I'm trading him for a flavor of the month.

And I'll be happy to hold with Greinke and CC as my main starters, but he is on the table given I also have Zambrano, Dutch Oven, and more. But I do need saves with Bailey still being hurt.

Being sucktacular doesn't mean I'm going to be a sucker.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

#1: I paid quite a bit for an injured Josh (Morneu, Papelbon and somebody else I don't know right now--I've had so much turnover I feel like I'm riding a barrel over Niagra Falls)#2: I drafted Neffy quite a bit higher than anyone else would have (other than Richie Shitts) for I was looking for closers and have treated them like the currency they are, much like you overdrafted Crawford based upon his ratings. #3: Methinks you may overvalue Crawford and Greinke a wee bit, considering one of em hasn't played a game and one of hasn't done squat in the games he has played. (I've carried Bob Sturm (Aardsma) all year..and look forward to his returrn before the end of the month)#4: I'll always be here for you Scruff, I turned down a pretty interesting counter offer from Sammy Mert this afternoon. We'll revisit down the road, lines of communication are always open with this front office.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

First game for Pujols on the Orange team...get ready boys. And I hope to add 3 wins to the rotation tonight. Damn good effort by Lincecum last night in his debut for me, no hitter through 7 innings. Bam Bam, Pow Pow...Me and the TRDP1 are going to be chasing down the OBSERVERers in no time. (not hating on the first place team/manager a bit, but..when y'all get a chance look at TKR's team...you talk about smoke and or mirrors.)

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

TKR's team was auto-drafted, so I plan on passing him too.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

TKR seems pretty weak when you look at that overall roster, I predict i pass the observerers by weeks end.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

thats the lowest points Ive had this year, my effing hitting needs to turn around

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

looks like someone is RW'ing me for my job. The knife is painful, TNC.

Good to see JBS and I trending upwards.

phe_75034
phe_75034

Agree on Lewin. I am rooting for Rhads to succeed, but it's been painful so far. And, yes, thank the sweet Lord, Mark Lowe has been banished.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Off the replay topic, I guarantee 90% of y'all were bitching about Josh Lewin the past few years..I liked and enjoyed listening his minutia, hell it made the Mrs. Brokenshoulder stop down from time to time. I said it when it went down, worst move by Nolan since he's been here. (Clee is a close second, but I'm wishing failure on him now..hope we meet up in the WS and he get's behind the count and refuses to walk somebody)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I was very pro-Lewin, even with the dated references and baked goods talk. Defended him many times, but I do understand he was polarizing.

Greggo's relapse
Greggo's relapse

I never had a problem with Lewin. I actually tune in to his show on the Fail when I can. He's not that bad and comes off much more genuine than Richie because he doesn't do the awful fake radio persona. I am starting to think that someone from Josh's show reads the comments here because he's been limiting Lacey's time on the air and its helped immensely. Richie should try that sometime.How many people here were celebrating Mark Lowe's descent to the minors?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Josh & Elf have been really good lately when I've listened, and I'm much happier with never having to hear Lacey brainfart her way through, well, anything. If someone is paying attention, let me be the first to suggest that lunchtime and evening drive should be swapped. Josh & Elf are enjoyable because they have good sports conversations without trying to contrive disagreements or generic radio listener-baiting, which goes on morning and evening.

PPM Don't Lie
PPM Don't Lie

mark my words: josh & elf will be doing either am or pm drive soon.

to everyone's point of richie being a bad actor and not letting the game come to him.DEAD ON

never has the metroplex seen such a transparent agenda.his days of being on air and slashing PPM ratings like a cheap version of the Dump are numbered

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Agreed on trying to do 5 hours. That's hard to do when a show is actually good, I don't want to kick RAGE in the balls anymore, but they suck it up. I can't even go there when the Hardline is talking music.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

RAGE was very good middays. There were some great segments that had Richie and Greggo just talking--I recall Richie telling about his childhood baseball addiction and early days of writing, and Greggo's segment on explaining the basics of baseball (I remember 15 minutes on breaking balls that was outstanding). Which is why the show as it is now is so frigging disappointing. The Hardline can be irritating with what they talk about, but it's still always a conversation and authentic.

Rooster
Rooster

I think the 5 hours rage has to fill is taking a toll on their show.

Listening to Captain "Create Some False Controversy" pretend he disagrees with Greggo on virtually every topic (and dude, no offense, but you're a REALLY bad actor) in an attempt to fill 5 hours is an eyeroller at times.

It's reminincent of the early Hardline promos where Rhynes and Greggo pretended to disagree on everything. The difference is they let that schtick go....

Sometimes its better just to let the game come to you....

Greggo's relapse
Greggo's relapse

I agree. I thought that RAGE was actually better during middays. It seems like they try to hard in afternoon drive and Richie became more arrogant and douchey. I didn't think it was possible but he did.

Greggo's relapse
Greggo's relapse

I'm all for computers and checking replays. What I am not for is Rhadigan. Someone needs to fire that guy. Do it, do it right now. I'm pretty sure he was the idiot that some wires loose and caused us to the lose the video feed for a few minutes. Wasn't that combined with his awful commentating enough to warrant termination?

Rooster
Rooster

I'm still giving Rads a chance to find his groove, but I'm still trying to figure out how they eventually see this as being better that Josh Lewin.

Bing
Bing

Rhads found his groove, and it needs to be retired.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What in the world does this post have to do with Ogando? Attack of the lazy phantom tags again.

I liked ESPN making the pitch tracker live. I hate their constant scroll and still wish for the days when only ESPN2 and ESPN News did it. I'm not all that crazy about FSSW's new info-graphic this year, because they obscure the outs with the pitch MPH.

But that's no biggie. What is a biggie is the beat-down combination of Rhads and Knox. I ask baby Jesus in his manger to make them cut the cuts to Knox in at least half. Every single time it's a Ty Walker-esque powerdown. I don't care about whatever "interview" Knoxie is half-assing out there. Guaranteed. Doesn't matter the subject. Doofus kid with Highland Park hair catching a homerun? Don't care. Old lady celebrating her birthday? Don't care. Little kid being named Fan of the Game for some arbitrary reason? Don't care. It seemed like it was every inning. I thought Lewin was dumped because they wanted the broadcast more baseball-centric? It's getting where I much prefer road game broadcasts. Please, baby Jesus in your Rangers jumper, make them dial back on Jimbo.

Plus I'm tired of hearing Rhads say "I should've said..." after he screws up something.

Gagreed on using tech any time it can determine the outcome of a cut-and-dry rule. Human interpretation doesn't need to come into play on fair/foul, in the cylinder, across the goal line, anything where cameras and sensors can eliminate error.

Greggo's relapse
Greggo's relapse

Did you catch Rhads drunk brother singing? Don't forget the five minutes they spent doing hockey talk. This is some of the worst broadcasting I have ever seen. Nolan took it in the opposite direction he was intending. Rangers broadcasts are the 105.3 of MLB.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I kinda liked the Highland Park kid interview. I'm right there with you with Rhads. Dare I say RW could even do better.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Kid was on the phone while Knox was shoving a mic in his face--it wasn't exactly an Emmy-winning segment.

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