Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thy Cup Runnith Over

Kicking Back comments:
Special thanks to Dan O'Leary to sending this along for posting.

Following is an interesting article regarding one of the physiological aspects of refereeing, specifically about the human brain. While KB believes the author brackets the article poorly, analogizing the Lampard incident with some physiological failing (Dammit Jim, I'm an engineer, not a doctor!), instead of the positioning catch 22 that was discussed in Bye-Bye Uruguay, the article is very good at discussing the human capacity and how it intersects with refereeing. Certainly a good read to inform (or remind) us just how far we as humans can go ... for now.

Even referees' brains have their limits

DETROIT (Reuters) - It was the World Cup goal seen around the world but missed by the eyes that mattered most: England midfielder Frank Lampard's shot that dropped cleanly past the German goal line but was not given by the referee.

The avalanche of complaints about that missed call and others during the largest soccer tournament in the world raised the philosophical question of whether instant-replay technology improves games or turns them into soulless events run by a bank of blinking lights.

Scientists who study the human brain say it is surprising that bad calls do not happen more often. ...
Full article continues here, courtesy of Reuters Canada.

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