Sunday, May 11, 2008

If you can make a puck glow you can figure out if it passed the goal line.

Martin Biron just greased a goal away from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The puck redirected off of Hatcher's face (yes, his face) and into the net. Except as it was passing the line, Biron put his glove over the puck. It was very obvious to the entire audience that the puck did cross the line, but just as it did, the camera view was obscured by the glove of Biron.

I make my case again for goal line, chip-in-the-puck technology. The technology for having a chip inside of the puck already exists (see: stupid yanks need black puck on white surface to glow to increase contrast). Also, soccer has been testing various goal line sensors for a few years now and it appears to be advanced enough to be working. So my question is, with goaltenders gloves as large as they are, why are we relying on cameras to see through them?

It was a goal.

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Jenn, my ex had the same idea about a chip in the puck or sensors in the puck. The thing is, they whack the HECK out of the puck! Do you think that it would stand up?

I say, forget the overhead cam... what they need is a camera *under* the ice (i.e., in the floor). Biron's glove obscuring the goal line is actually the second goal (or non-goal, rather) in recent memory where the goalie's body or pad or glove (etc.) obscured the puck.