Tuesday, August 5, 2008

On camera

Another sign that the world as we know it is coming to an end: They're going to use instant replay at the Little League World Series.

That's the Little League World Series, not the Major League World Series.

So important are championship baseball games for young people, apparently, that adults will rely on replays so that, perish the thought, a judgment call -- part of the sport for its history -- can be reversed.

The big leaguers may have replay by World Series time, too. But at least you can make the case that so much money is at stake, it would be foolish not take advantage of what video technology has to offer, rather than have important games decided by human error.

Not so at Little League level, where kids are supposed to be taught all about athletics and sportsmanship and dealing with defeat, seemingly unfair defeat.

Did somebody say our priorities are misplaced? Yes. Me.
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