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Instant Replay is Always Horrible

There has never been a good replay reversal or a bad missed call.

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I have always said this. I will always say this.

Yesterday, today and always.

Instant replay makes every sport worse.

Instant replay makes every sport less enjoyable to watch.

Instant replay makes things that aren’t so, so.

Instant replay is glorified Monday morning quarterbacking.

Instant replay takes a live event that is televised and turns it into a game show.

At their essence, all sporting events that are televised should remain live events.

By introducing instant replay, you turn the game into a made-for-TV movie.

Was this an inevitable development in the history of sports? Probably.

But I don’t have to like it and you don’t have to like it.

I am an instant replay absolutist.

There is never a good situation in which to use it.

It is a Pandora’s Box. An ever-moving goalpost.

There is always some new compelling reason to introduce it into a game.

And it always makes things worse.

This cure is far worse than the problem.

I prefer every bad call to every good replay reversal.