Thursday, June 03, 2010

 

"Upon Further Review"

In the category of "phrases we'd better get used to in  major league baseball,"  this is the top one. After a blown call for the ages, there's now a -- dare I say it? -- "perfect storm" for instant replay to become a regular part of MLB games. Right now, we're in the second year of instant-replay being used for home-run calls.  By next year, it will be used for bang-bang plays at the plate, stolen bases -- and, yeah, tight last-second, end-of-game plays like the one that cost a young pitcher a perfect game.  

Purists can whine all they want, but get over it.  It's a done deal. No further review necessary.  

UPDATE:  Great video-in-video comparing Joyce's blown call with umpire Don Denkinger's blown call in the 1985 World Series: 

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

 

Turks & Chaos

New York Post columnist Ralph Peters identifies the real politik playing in the background of the Israeli "humanitarian flotilla" crisis.  

It's also interesting to note that Hamas is also blocking flotillas of it's own headed to the people of Gaza.  

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