Friday, December 7, 2007

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

December 7, 1941. Franklin Delano Roosevelt uttered those famous words after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

But for the sports world, the date is December 7, 1963.

CBS was broadcasting a college football game between Army and Navy. On that December Philadelphia afternoon, CBS director, Tony Verna used a modified Ampex VR-1000B videotape machine for an instant replay of Army quarterback, Rollie Stichwehs' touchdown run.

"This is not live!" announcer Lindsey Nelson screamed. "Ladies and gentlemen, Army did not score again."

And so was born.......instant replay. We take it granted now days and even when I attend a live sporting event, I'm looking up at the Jumbo-tron to get my instantaneous replay. CBS........we applaud you and thank you. This is indeed a date which will live in infamy.

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