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I was at the athletics over the
weekend. One downside of athletics is
that sometimes things happen very fast
(e.g. the 100m sprint) and you can
only really appreciate what happened
by watching the slow-motion action
replay which is shown on big screens.
However, I didn't pay lots
money for a ticket to the event just
to go all the way there and,
essentially, watch television. What
should happen is the action replay
should be live, with the same runners
re-enacting the race on the track at
half speed, and keeping to the same
positions relative to one another at
all stages of the race (radio
earpieces may be needed for this).
Before anyone else says it, I am
aware that there are some athletic
events (e.g. pole vault) where this
approach may not work because of
physics, and some events (e.g. the
marathon) where a half-speed event
might be boring.
||Pole vault could use those stage flying harnesses
||Theoretically, if you're going to go to this sort of trouble,
you could have multi-angle playback, and even a multiple-
choice audience-controlled outcome.
||You mean they'd have to re-enact the event multiple
times from different angles? On the
audience-controlled outcome, I'm not sure this is
really in the spirit of an action replay...
||That would depend on any bets you may have placed.
||I worry that the athletes themselves will be too focused on doing athletics, and after the event perhaps too emotional about the outcome to perform an accurate replay.
||But that does not mean it should not be done. Once you dispense with the idea of the athletes playing themselves there are many options for various replay types, with actors playing the parts of the athletes. Some might be accurate representations, with actors that resemble the athletes. Others would be more artistic and less true to life, with the replay connoting various other aspects of the athetic event, real and imagined.
I tried for high minded prose there but really I want rodeo clowns at all sporting events.