Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MLB's Expanded Instant Replay Is Worse Than No Replay

DON'T YOU DARE THROW MY CRACK, OLDBOY!
Do you remember when MLB announced over the winter that they would be expanding replay? Oh man, FINALLY they were joining the 21st century and were going to get all the calls right! There was going to be a big control room in NYC reviewing all the plays! Manager challenges! An elimination of the human element! This is going to be great! And it has been great if you just completely ignore how much of a fucking disaster that this modified and expanded instant replay system has been so far. I mean, it is REALLY bad.

The concern going into this was that replay would unnecessarily extend an already way-too-long sport and—yep—it is doing just that. Now, on every somewhat close play, managers are strolling out to discuss the play with the umpire who made the call while looking into his dugout to see if he should use his challenge or not. If they say yes then he throws his invisible red flag and they go to the headset. If they tell him no, he can STILL stand out there and try to convince the umpire to look at the play again on his own accord. THEN WHY HAVE CHALLENGES IN THE FIRST GODDAMN PLACE! This is stupid.

Who the fuck wants to watch a crackhead manager like Ron Washington having a civil Q&A with shithead umpire Cowboy Joe West? If Ronnie is coming out of the dugout, I want to see spittle flying, chest bumping, and an ELITE ejection dammit! We’ve only had two ejections this year. THAT IS NOT COOL. If you’re going to hold up the game arguing then someone better be getting the old heave ho.

But the main issue is that they still aren’t even getting the calls right. I’m not one to stand up for the Red Sox but they got TOTES fucked hard in Yankee Stadium more than once over the weekend. MLB and umpires alike always champion the notion that “the only thing that matters is to get the calls right”. I guess not because they aren’t even with more eyes and cameras on the games. I don’t know what the answer to fixing this incarnation of replay is but the way that it is currently being implemented in baseball is absolutely fucking wrong. This is not working and no one knows what the fuck they are doing.

Here’s a simple way to fix things: no goddamn challenges and it works like college football. If the control room wants to look at something closer, they buzz the crew chief, who stops the game, he puts the headset on, and we make the correct call under the guise that “the previous play is under further review”. That’s it. It isn’t hard. And we can get back to having hilarious ejections again the way it should be. Now make sure that you all take the afternoon off to get an early start on your Stanley Cup Playoffs tailgating as well as today’s day/night DH between Clark The Cub and the Yankees! Hey, speaking of hockey, how about a quick playoff preview/prediction (be thankful that I didn’t spend the whole day on this like I wanted to)?

I don’t care that the Red Wings won 3 of 4 over the Bruins this year. The Bruins have the better goalie and play grinding playoff hockey. They win in 5. As for the Blackhawks/Blues series, if my boys were not still playing, I would be ALL OVER THIS series because this should be a lot of fun. Neither team lost to the CBJ this year which tells me that they are both ELITE (if the Jackets beat you then you are not ELITE…simple equation). Give me the Blues in 7 since we don’t know how healthy Kane and Toews are. I also like Montreal, The NY Rags, Colorado, Anaheim (although I don’t love it), and the Kings (never trust the Sharks). Which leaves us with the crown jewel series of Columbus and Pittsburgh. I am delusional but not THAT delusional. We are massive underdogs (just like the 1 seed Blackhawks were to the 7 seed Red Wings last year OBVZ) and have never won a playoff game in our 13 years of existence. Hell, we have never HAD THE LEAD in a playoff series. It’s going to take a big effort just to stretch this bitch out to 6 games. But I’m a homer so I will always feel that we have a chance. Two things definitely need to happen for the CBJ to push the Penguins:

1. Ryan Johansen HAS to be the best player on the ice in the series. This will not be easy but the world is about to find out that this kid is a fucking superstar.
2. Sergei Bobrovsky HAS to be the best goalie in the world. This can be done but will also not be easy.

Even if you don’t follow hockey, you at least know that Sidney Crosby is a little bitch who was probably the cunt who stuck that American Airlines plane up his box the other day. How great would it be to end his season? Oh man that would be THE BEST. Fuck it, Jackets in 6. I fucking love the Stanley Cup Playoffs now let’s drop the fucking rubber already! CARRY THE FLAG!

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget my Point Break for Keanu.

GMoney said...

You have been awarded infinity points for Point Break!

Anyone watch Fargo last night? I was not a big fan of the movie but the TV show was truly ELITE.

GAMEDAY! CARRY THE FLAG! GIVE KRIS LETANG ANOTHER STROKE!

Jeff said...

Yeah, MLB replay blows dick.

Oh man today is truly great.

Hopefully Flery gives up a softy early in the game and our confidence picks up. Please score first.

BOB must be the best. We must be more physical and limit the turnovers in our own zone and odd man rushes. Make it an ugly physical game, like Philly does against them.

CARRY THE FLAG!!!!

GMoney said...

And, OBVZ, stay out of the goddamn box. We have a tendency to commit a lot of rah-tarded penalties against these guys.

JOIN THE BATTLE AS IT HEADS EAST!

Anonymous said...

I don't believe umpires can look at plays themselves until the 7th inning or later. Before that, it is manager challenges. But still, managers can come out and suggest that umpires look at a play. Regardless, the system blows.

-Damman

GMoney said...

It really does. It's freaking stupid and it has greatly diminished the best scene in the sport AKA old men screaming at other old men

Prime99 said...

G$ makes a great point about the unlikely underdog 1 seed Blackhawks that had virtually no chance against the Red Wings last year. But, in true 1980 US/Russia fashion, a MIRACLE occurred and one of the greatest upsets in hockey history spurred the Hawks to their second Stanley Cup in four years. AMAZING!

Haven't been impressed with reply. When a call goes wrong they say, "Oh, the reviewer didn't have THAT angle." Well, if everyone else has it, they should look into getting MLBTV for the reviewers.

Anonymous said...

I like the fact that it gets things right...but, OBVZ there is no reason for the tards in NYC to still be getting things wrong.

Wings don't start until Friday...but, I'll be tuned in to see how the Jackets/Pens goes tonight.

--Drew

Randall Stevens said...

Fargo is on the list today. I had to DVR it because I finally watched Wolf of Wallstreet last night. If any movie could convince you that doing a shit load of cocaine is the best decision you can make in life...that's the one.

Grumpy said...

Zatkoff>Bob

Anonymous said...

I found Wolf on Wall Street to be pretty OVERRATED. Although the naked blonde wife on numerous occasions was delightful to look at.

--Drew

GMoney said...

I find DiCaprio to be about as OVERRATED as Cindy Crosby.

Zatkoff isn't even on the playoff roster, bruh.

By the way, Drool, 7 is better than 8 which means that you can finally admit that the CBJ are better than your Wings (something that we have known forever). DEAL WITH IT!

Anonymous said...

Nope...had the same amount of points...and we'll go farther in the playoffs. DEAL WITH IT SON.

--Drew

GMoney said...

I beg to differ. We won the season series (again) and held all tiebreakers. Thus we better still.

Melrose has picked us to shock the world and send Crosby back to The Manhole early. BARRY THE FLAG!

It's kind of cool that everyone throughout the world is rooting for us. Sane people hate Crosby and the rest of Trash Nation.

Anonymous said...

Sorry...you should really try to have more points some year...since it's never happened.

Errybody hates Cindy.

30 for 30 on The Bad Boys tomorrow night...will be one of the GOAT television programs. Hopefully, there is a clip of a young Randall with DUMARS in his head.

--Drew

GMoney said...

BETTER THAN YOU AGAIN AND FOREVER PLEASE DEAL WITH IT ACCORDINGLY.

Already have it scheduled to DVR. Really looking forward to the memories of how much I hated that group of dirty shitheads.

Grumpy said...

The Pens website says otherwise. With only two healthy goalies, Zatkoff would have to be active.

Anonymous said...

The after-show with Simmons and Jalen interviewing a few of the Bad Boys will be tremendous as well.

G$...what do you think of hte Columbus turncoats who root for both the Jackets and the Penguins....but, will be wearing their Penguins gear for this series? I know a couple....

--Drew

Randall Stevens said...

They came to me for footage of the head art. I wanted too much money.

GMoney said...

Grump, they just called up Vokoun but maybe he won't be active. Either way, they are rolling with The Flower. And Bob is better than all of them.

I will say this: although we are an ELITE 0-5 against them this season, Bob only played 26 minutes combined in those five games. They saw a hell of a lot of C-Mac which explains the gaudy record.

Drew, you know, I don't have a problem with it. A lot of us had teams before the franchise even came into existence. I understand people wanting the Jackets to do well but still having stronger ties with who they grew up with. Just do not wear a Crosby jersey and a Jackets hat. You make your choice and stick with it. You are not allowed to hedge.

Randall Stevens said...

G$ LOL'ed Stauskas leaving for the NBA but the real LOL needs to be thrown at Glenn Robinson III. What the fuck?! Projected second round pick? Yeah...leave for the draft. Dumb.

GMoney said...

To be fair, Tim Hardaway Jr sort of proved that projections don't mean shit considering he was one of the best rookies in the league this year.

Anonymous said...

So, because one or two guys a year can move into the 1st round it makes it a smart decision for LaQuinton and Robinson? LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ That's some Slow logic right there.

--Drew

GMoney said...

Seriously, who else enjoyed the shit out of Fargo last night?

GMoney said...

I didn't say that, 8 seed. But if one of your WE ON buddies says not to worry where Chad Ford and people of that ilk have you ranked now, then if you have confidence in your game, you should go. If you believe you are ready then by all means go.

GMoney said...

I mentioned at the end today but I want to say it again...LOL Airplane Vagina Girl and American Airlines!!!!

Jeff said...

I started Fargo and will finish this weekend. It does seem like it has staying power.

T minus 4.5 hours. I'm TOTES pumped for Monday. Half day at work and will be well hydrated by puck drop.

Jeff said...

Where was Anthony Bennett projected?

GMoney said...

NUMBER ONE!

Holy shit...Tatanka is just embarrassing the Cubs today. Then again, Clark's team is probably worse than anyone he ever faced in Japan.

Randall Stevens said...

I don't always agree with Drools. But when I do, it's when G$ says something really really dumb.

GMoney said...

Typical Pistons fans...always congregating under a banner of idiocy.