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Old 11-22-2018, 01:40 PM
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The high tech use of chains to determine first downs seems to be fading.

It seems that when a tackle is made within (pick a number) inches of a first down, the ball is spotted favorably and the first down is signaled. Rarely is the ball spotted in the 3-6 inch range.

I do not know if statistics are kept, but it seems like measured first downs with chains are getting rarer.
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I would think with all the GPS and wireless technology this could be determined remotely without needing the chains at all.
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I would think with all the GPS and wireless technology this could be determined remotely without needing the chains at all.
Exactly, and probably a case could be made for calling ball and strikes as well.
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I worked the “chain gang” at a NAIA college football game last year. Having never done that before, it was a really cool experience. However, it was very eye opening how unprecise the process is. I would think with the technology of today it could make the chains obsolete.
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Its even better when the ref folds an index card in half and sees if it fits between the ball and the end of the chain to determine if it's a first down or not.
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