NFL: Television is better than ‘Live’ Action

NFL Tickets

There is nothing better than attending a pro sporting event, right? Some are for it, but I have a feeling most are against it. Truth is, I would rather sit at home and watch football games than attend them in person. People who have season tickets are crazy.

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World Cup Quarterfinals Preview

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With only 8 teams left in the World Cup, it is only fitting that I give you a few random lists of top 8’s.

Eight Reasons to keep watching the World Cup post-USA:

  1. From here on out there are no longer any lopsided match-ups. Any team is capable of winning it all at this point. Make sure to call off of work for Germany vs. Argentina on July 3 at 10 a.m. (ET). This game is going to be the match of the tournament thus far. It’s a shame this isn’t the final. Then again, that would mean Argentina’s manager Diego Maradona would be that much closer to streaking…..
  2. No longer are the games at 7:30 a.m. There are two more 10 a.m. games, while the rest are at 1:30 p.m. It’s no longer possible to use the excuse of sleeping through a game. If 10 a.m. is too early, then you have serious issues.
  3. With only one African team left in the World Cup, Ghana, the vuvuzelas have quieted down a bit. They are still able to be heard, but aren’t as annoying. Just when I was starting to like them…..Just kidding.
  4. There won’t be any instant replay, at least for the rest of this year’s World Cup, but the refs can only get better. FIFA has apologized to Mexico and England, which are baby steps considering how they handled the U.S.-Slovenia game.
  5. No more ties. This is probably my favorite reason, because it just isn’t right to end any game in a tie. There has to be a winner and a loser. Granted, I don’t like how penalty kicks can decide the outcome of a game either, but beggars can’t be choosers. Can someone explain what is wrong with just playing extra time until a team scores?
  6. Jim Rome, the soccer scrooge, is talking about soccer. He admits he doesn’t necessarily like it, but just the fact that he’s talking about it is revolutionary. If he can watch it, anyone can.
  7. Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands and Germany. What do they all have in common? They all love to score goals, and lots of them. The goalies will be busy going forward.
  8. Whether it’s a controversial call, a flopping player or a close game, there will be plenty more drama from here on out.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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USA-Slovenia Game Poster-Child for Instant Replay in Soccer

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The USA’s disallowed goal against Slovenia may go down as one of the worst calls in sports history and may leave a sour taste in the mouths of USA fans for the rest of their lives. However, if the right action is taken by FIFA, it could be a blessing in disguise for the future of soccer. Sometimes there needs to be a catastrophe in order to perfect a system. We have seen this happen in other sports.

  • In the 1998 NFL Wild-Card Round, before there was instant replay, Jerry Rice blatantly lost the ball before his knees touched the ground, resulting in what should have been ruled as a fumble. However, he was ruled down before the ball popped out. This play paved the way for instant replay in the NFL.
  • Just recently, umpire Jim Joyce blew a call that cost Detroit’s pitcher, Armando Galarraga, a perfect game. Bud Selig came out after the game and said he would look further into instant replay in baseball. The MLB already has replay for home runs.

So, why is FIFA refusing to budge when it comes to replay?

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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