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As long as it is considered "manly" to risk injury and be
injured "playing games", injuries will not decrease.
Almost every "sport injury" can be reduced by taking
measures to prevent the injury.
Protect the pitcher:
A "simple" example might be the problem of baseballs
hit back at the pitcher,
who sometimes makes an
amazing catch, sometimes deflects the ball, sometimes
and sometimes is destroyed by the ball (severe injury or
Modern technology is capable of sensing where the
baseball is- even moreso if the ball were changed
A device between the batter and pitcher could thus know
when the ball is returning at HIGH rates of speed (not
bunts) toward the pitcher. A deflector can be launched
(rapidly) to deflect the hit ball upwards, allowing it to
in play but not allowing it to hit the pitcher.
The WALL in baseball:
The continuing problem of "the wall" has been
repeatedly over the past decades. A less rigid wall.
wall. Warning track. But even so, injuries occur
Technology exists to add sensors to the wall and have
them turn into an airbag-like buffer if struck with
force. In major leagues, there are tons of money to do
and the huge salaries would seem to justify the expense.
HOCKEY FIGHTS!! Make them more entertaining!
In hockey, the problem of injuries related to "fighting"
does not seem to be amenable to rules, or penalties- so
why not address the problem by giving the referees
TASERS. Guys want to fight- let them fight. The referee
skates over as quickly as possible and ZAP- so much for
that fight. And the FANS WOULD LOVE IT (well, some of
the fans would love it- depending on team affiliation).
Both fighters might deserve being tased, so the
entertainment would persist beyond dropping the first
fighter... the referee could try to chase down and tase
the other fighter unless he was clearly NOT the guilty
With better video replay, unseen referees could inform
the zebras on the ice when a player commits an
unrecognized infraction (like elbowing or spitting), which
also would deserve some electrical stimulation as soon
as the zebra could get to the offending player. A
separate enforcer referee might be necessary, so
enforcement of the rules would not suffer.
In praise of Tase:
OK, so it isn't lions eating Christian martyrs... but
even so it would provide a lot more fan enjoyment, don't
||Why tazers? Why not machine guns? Too many uncertainies. [-]
||I'll suggest you try something that you've never done before:
||Most of your ideas have been short enough to not need them. This
one - not only does the length require some breaks, but the absolute
field-scatter of topics makes it appear you didn't have "an idea", but
more had "several drinks and a keyboard".
||So the idea is to tazer people who break minor sporting
rules? Better than shooting them I suppose, but not much.
||"better than shooting them"??
But isn't it also "better than letting them fight"??
...and Faulkner got a Pulitzer for stretching out his
sentences, all I got is this lousy "T shirt".
||//referee skates over as quickly as possible and ZAP - so much for that fight//
||Because 22 men on slick ice, each wielding a 4œ ft hardwood club and a blade on the bottom of each foot isn't potentially violent enough; let's zap them a few times and see what happens.
||Anyways, if you absolutely have to taze something, why not start with cricket... or water polo. No, wait - golf.
||Hey, hit them at just the right moment and you might get the first ever 835-metre drive (with a putter, too).
||// ZAP - so much for that fight //
||Just how much electrical energy do you think it takes to get the attention of an angry ice-hockey player ? Is the ref going to drag a sled with a generating set on it, or trail a cable ?