Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Getty Images Perfects "Crotch Cam" Technology

Every day it seems we see new innovations in the way the media brings you sports. In arena football, the quarterbacks and coaches are mic'ed up. It's given new life to being the person that bleeps out profanities during sports broadcasts. In baseball, ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball has that wacky pitch tracker that shows you the exact line of flight on every pitch.

Naturally, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to ignore the epic failure of the glow puck and take another shot at hockey technology. In what can be described as a unique (erotic?) attempt at bringing us closer to the game we love, photographer Bruce Bennett and Getty Images have brought us the 'crotch cam'. Or at least that's what it looks like from the above picture. The caption doesn't identify what lucky guinea pig got to try this out, but I can assure you it was someone in the Islanders farm system that you've never heard of.

Will this new technology succeed? Only time will tell. But just image the potential in-game uses. We could see one of Alex Ovechkin's beautiful dekes from crotch level. The speed of Sidney Crosby, now seen through his legs. Sean Avery and... Well... I don't think it would be a good idea to try this thing with Sean. We might see some things that we can't unsee. But nonetheless, the crotch cam is here and it's sure to make fans uncomfortable and give players some nasty chafing.

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