My more eagle-eyed reader(s) may have noticed that references to a certain event in South Africa have been thin on the ground for a couple of weeks. Following my last, deeply delusional and slightly jingoistic, World Cup-related post, I've been a wee bit sheepish about blogging my thoughts on the tournament.
But, seeing as it'll all be done and dusted by Monday, I thought I'd take one last opportunity to go off on an ill-informed and highly defamatory rant.
In the interests of keeping up the vague pretence that this is a tech-themed blog, I should probably throw my weight behind the goal-line technology debate. (Take that, Blatter!)
To use a facile and reductive argument, we can put men on the moon, but we can't tell if a ball's crossed the line or not? Thankfully, the unbridled apoplexy caused by England being cruelly denied the chance to lose by one less goal to superior opposition looks likely to force FIFA's hand.
And not before time. And, I'm sure, once the technology has been introduced for the glamour teams and big tournaments, it'll soon be on evidence at the Orient. But who cares if it's not? As long as we get it right when there's something important riding on the outcome.
People's jobs and reputations are on the line here. I'm sure fans of Chester, Luton, Rotherham, Bournemouth and others will be as mortified as I am at the idea of Fabio Capello missing a mortgage repayment.
In all seriousness, we should get technology involved, sooner, rather than later. It's embarrassingly Luddite and amateurish that we haven't yet. But, as some CRN readers will happily remind you, let's not forget about the little guy.
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