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A game no-one plays

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Digitally remove every player from a taped game of soccer or football, leaving only the ball behind. Add appropriate music. The ball will seem to jump and dance of it's own free will, performing a bizzare ballet to the rapture of the adoring crowd. And when the ball finally plunges itself in the net at the crescendo, the crowd go wild with appreciation.
simonj, Feb 06 2009

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free us from the tyranny of advertisers [simonj, Feb 07 2009]

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       This should be done live, with a robot ball.
bungston, Feb 06 2009
  

       No need for robots, this is hamster work.
Laughs Last, Feb 06 2009
  

       Or you could make just one player invisible, for an occasional surprise.
phundug, Feb 06 2009
  

       A lot of work, but well worth it I reckon. I suspect it would be easier to just track the ball position and then render a cgi ball onto an empty pitch, with appropriate camera moves.
wagster, Feb 06 2009
  

       Or move the ball 2 metres to the left, reverse the path of the ball completely, or superimpose one game's ball on another game's players, on a third game's crowd. Utterly ridiculous [+]
MadnessInMyMethod, Feb 06 2009
  

       See if you can merge ideas with. Free us from.............. under the business category. This would be perfect!!!
porge, Feb 07 2009
  

       From the title, I knew this would be about soccer.
Amos Kito, Feb 07 2009
  

       Coming soon to a music video near you [+]
BunsenHoneydew, Feb 08 2009
  

       I think it would be funnier to digitally remove the ball. +
colorclocks, Feb 09 2009
  

       With different coloured balls you could save time by watching several games at once.
hippo, Feb 09 2009
  

       Maybe just leave the goalkeepers, making them look foolish as they concede against nothing.
Germanicus, Feb 09 2009
  

       Newspapers could run "Spot the player" competitions.
hippo, Feb 09 2009
  

       No, just leave the referee.
marklar, Feb 09 2009
  

       Laugh as he brandishes red cards.
Germanicus, Feb 11 2009
  

       This doesn't have to be just about soccer, virtually any ball game could be used.
simonj, Feb 11 2009
  

       + good 'un!
tennis would be boring...worse yet, ping-pong!
xandram, Feb 12 2009
  

       Yes!
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 01 2009
  

       //virtually any ball game could be used.// No, I think this is actually interesting as a way of classifying ball games: with some, it would be amusing, with others, not. The excitement of bowling is unchanged, under this transformation; how about golf, or billiards?
mouseposture, Dec 02 2009
  

       I think that this would be fun for american football. Just remove the defense and watch the offense spaz out for no apparent reason.
normzone, Dec 02 2009
  

       Some of the appeal of beach volleyball would be lost.
hippo, Dec 02 2009
  

       [hippo], brilliant!   

       Ice Hockey too would lose at least half the fun, basketball would be OK though.
Germanicus, Dec 02 2009
  
      
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