A moment of silence for the passing of Tony Verna, please. And then once you realize what he accomplished, it would only be fitting to repeat it.
Category Archives: Science Marches Onward
On the amateurism front, it may be that we’re seeing the beginning of a shift on the part of the NCAA from belligerent hypocrisy to benign neglect.
Of course, it may simply be that nobody working for Mark Emmert understands the technology behind social media, let alone a way to stop it.
- Jeremy Foley finds his man? “McElwain reportedly has $7.5 million buyout in his contract, but money shouldn’t be a problem at Florida.”
- Helluva resume, Karl Dorrell.
- Tim Tebow is even deader to me now.
- At least Georgia nerds come up with stuff that’s football-related.
- I know one says all kinds of stupid when you’re in a presser announcing the dismissal of a coach, but I’m still having a hard time reconciling calling Brady Hoke a “hero” with this.
- It sounds like Will Muschamp’s on a lot of fan bases’ minds.
- Lost in the disappointment of Saturday: “7 Consecutive 100-yard rushing games for Georgia RB Nick Chubb after he ran for 129 yards against Georgia Tech on Saturday. That’s the longest 100-yard streak since Herschel Walker ripped off 11 in a row in 1982 on his way to the Heisman Trophy.”
In another potential body blow to an already wobbly NCAA amateurism model, John Infante suggests that the next wrinkle in crowdfunding is probably something the organization is powerless to stop.
Ain’t technology grand?
I happen to think that, while the technology still needs work, the idea of a football with a transmitter installed in it to make tracking the position and orientation of the ball more accurate for measurement is a good one. Is it one of those newfangled developments that will meet resistance from the old guard? Sure. But I bet that the technology was developed via funding from Disney will make it easier to overcome that resistance.
The engineers developed this using funding from Disney Research. Not coincidentally, Disney owns ESPN. The researchers initially envisioned this simply as a way to let TV viewers more easily see the ball at home, like the NHL’s infamous glowing puck experiment during the 90’s.
You don’t say no to ESPN easily.