After watching an entire season of football and all the instant replays that go along with them I began to wonder when all the non-sense began. Doing some research I found out the first televised use of instant replay was during the December 7th, 1963 Army-Navy game.
Oddly enough this game was originally to be played on November 30th but because of President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22nd the game was rescheduled. Kennedy was a huge fan of the Army-Navy game attending the two previous years as the the official pre-game coin tosser.
So the first ever replay to be broadcast was Army’s Quarterback, Rollie Stichweh’s touchdown in the forth quarter of their 21-15 loss, which he faked a hand-off and ran off-tackle for the score. Announcer Lindsey Nelson fearing the viewers wouldn’t realize it was a replay stated, “Ladies and gentlemen, Army did not score again!” The run was played back at full speed.
Unfortunately the tape of the original replay has been lost and will never be able to be replayed again but I did find some footage from that game to give you an idea of the footage that was taken during that time period.
It was replayed at the original speed, with commentator Lindsey Nelson advising viewers “Ladies and gentlemen, Army did not score again!
UPDATE: Watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics I heard mention that instant replay was “invented” by CBS during the 1960 Winter Games in Squaw Valley:
On the slopes, two skiers came westward from Hanover: Tom Corcoran ‘54 and Chick Igaya ‘57. Corcoran placed ninth in the slalom event, a race which is believed to be the origin of instant replay when CBS producers were asked for a tape of the race by officials, to settle an argument.
This was use by officials to determine the winner of the race and was not used during a broadcast. The Army-Navy game was the first use of instant replay viewable by the audience whereas the Squaw Valley use was the first known use for officiating.
We’ve got a lot of numbers to look at here. First let’s check out the overall highest paid players. A few points to make about this list is that you’ve got Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming out for the Rockets which will of course skew their numbers and the same goes for Gilbert Arenas with his suspension.
If you take these players and and sort them by how much they earn per point scored it now looks like this:
|Player||Earned Per Point|
I found this ESPN poll to be pretty funny. The majority of the nation feels pretty much the same about the Super Bowl this year as any other year with the exception of a few states. Obviously Indiana & Louisiana (and fine Mississippi too) are going to be more excited this year. Why Utah is more excited as well beats me…anyone know better than myself?
The interesting thing about this poll is that the only state which seems to be a Debbie Downer is Minna-so-dah. I guess they just can’t get over that loss.
I mean really guys, you haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 34 years and each of the fours times you managed to make it you lost anyways. So what may I ask is “worse” about this year? Is it that you came so close…or is it the realization that your one-time QB (I’m mean really…he’s been there one year!) is actually human?
With everyone except Peyton’s mom jumping on the “Who Dat?” bandwagon, we thought we’d point out some other annoying slogans. Yes, yes…Raider Nation and Cheeseheads aren’t quite slogans but they are annoying enough to be included as a whole. What other sayings or slogans annoy you most?
10.) San Francisco 49ers
9.) Georgia Bulldogs
8.) Cincinnati Bengals
In an amazing feat this 3-year-old Indianapolis Colts fan rattles almost the entire roster practically flawlessly, given just the jersey number, 58 names in a row. L.J. not only lists the starting players but also all players on the injured reserve and even 4th string QB Drew Willy.
Wearing a #44 Dallas Clark jersey, the thing that really gets me is that he obviously has his favorites as he states them a little more familiarly, “Addai!!!” “Freeney” and he’s on a first name basis with “Peyton!” and “Reggie.” This kid must be one of the most hardcore fans I’ve ever seen. Obviously his parents put a lot of emphasis on what’s important in life. Makes me wonder if this is the Indianapolis Colts or the Cults.
And I couldn’t understand what he said at the end but a commenter mentioned that it might be “Can I have some M&Ms?” That sounds about right to me…now we know the motivation. It does look like he’s about to grab something on the floor…sweet candy. Scroll past the video for a transcript.
“LJ learned the entire Colts roster at the age of 3. He loves the Colts! He eats, sleeps, and breathes Colts football. If we are not watching them on tv we are playing catch while he reenacts plays from the last game.”
Mom – “What’s you name?”
A.J. – “A.J.”
Mom – “How old are you?
A.J. – “3″
Mom – “How old?”
A.J. – “3″
Mom – “K, who’s your favorite team?”
A.J. – “Colts”
Mom – “K, you ready to do our Colts numbers?”
A.J. – “Yeah”
Mom – “K”
A.J. – “(94) Ervin Baldwin, (67) Tony Ugoh, (7) Curtis Painter, (23) Tim Jennings, (40) Jamie Silva..Ahhh (48) Justin Snow, (68), Eric Foster, (3) Matt Stover, (45) De’von Hall, (50) Philip Wheeler, (16) Drew Willy, (63) Jeff Saturday, (1) Pat McAfee, (74) Charlie Johnson, (61) Jamey Richard, (27) Jacob Lacey, (93) Freeney, (32) Mike Hart, (65) Ryan Lilja, (29) Addai!!!, (90) Daniel Muir, (71) Ryan Diem, (85) Pierre Garcon, (81) Hank Baskett, (98) Robert Mathis, (25) Jerraud Powers, (86) Tom Santi, (78) Mike Pollak, (87) Reggie, (17) Collie, (11) Gonzalez, (58) Gary Brackett, (99) Antonio Johnson, (18) Peyton, (44) Dallas Clark, (33) Melvin Bullitt, (20) T.J. Rushing, (55) Clint Session, (52) Cody Glenn, (96) Keyunta Dawson, (4) Matt S….mmm…Adam Vinatieri, (95) Fili Moala, (69) John Gill, (35) Chad Simpson, (79) Raheem Brock, (54) Freddy Keiaho, (12) Tim Sorji, (31) Donald Brown, (28) Marlin Jackson, (43) Aaron Francisco, (21) Bob Sanders, (66) Kyle DeVan, (47) Gijon Robinson, (41) Antoine Bethea, (84) Jacob Tamme, (59) Ramon Humber, (26) Kelvin Hayden”
Mom – “Nice job!”
A.J. – “Can I have some M&Ms?”