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Subject:  Re: Isn't that illegal? It should be . . . Date:  10/8/2007  2:28 AM
Author:  mcemerson Number:  34043 of 56953

Just a couple of weeks ago, the NE Patriots got busted for using game video to try and decipher the signs the opposition were using across the field (and for whatever other purposes). Now, we just learned from the TBS guy down on the field that as a designated hitter David Ortiz goes into the clubhouse between at-bats and looks a video of pitches, "studying the strike zone" of the umpire.

I submit that Ortiz is getting unfair advantage and ought to be barred from doing that. Despite the fact that I deplore umpires "having a strike zone" other than corner to corner of home plate and high and low according to the written rules, if the rest of the hitters have to go out there and guess what's going to be a called strike, then Ortiz ought to have to do the same. Same for any other hitter who uses the video for such purposes, if they do.

Seems like cheating using game video is running rampant in Boston.

Normally I would be the last person on earth to defend anything that goes on in the New England area (there isn't a sports franchise up there that I don't think sucks) but isn't it quite common for football teams to study film of their opponents? In fact, is there anything in the rules keeping them from doing it during the game? In fact (again), don't the offensive and defensive coaches during the normal course of a football game get stills from television shots showing them the different offensive and defensive alignments of the opposition? How would that be all that different from what Ortiz is doing? Btw, all of that is a bit different from what New England was doing... they weren't busted for using game video, they were using their own cameras (or hired cameras) to film coaches to steal the opposition's signals.
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