When you watch a baseball game today, it takes as much as a half hour longer because of all of the delays to let the re-call umpires in New York decide a play. There are so many cameras either on the field or in television booths that can produce slow-motion pictures of what is going on. The human eye does not have slow motion, so the umpire must make that quick call. Even the best ones miss one or two.The umpire pool is also more diluted today because of the increased number of teams. Therefore, the percentage of mediocre officials is going up. The umpires are also very conscious of the fact that they are being watched, and this might lead to quick decisions that end up as missed calls.The fact that the home plate umpire positions himself to one side or the other of the catcher means he sees one side of the plate better than he does the other. That makes it harder to see the far side of home plate. The final thought is that stars get preferential calls–even though the umpires deny this to their grave. Ask Joe Morgan and Greg Mattox about this.
“He really was the stabilizing force, Mr. Consistency,” Olsen said. “He was an incredibly important part of that equation.” Lundy was the first black football player to receive a scholarship at Purdue, the school said. He led Richmond High School to unbeaten football seasons in 1952 and 1953 and to the state’s Final Four in basketball in 1953. He was selected to the 1959 Pro Bowl team and led the Rams in sacks, an unofficial statistic in those days, in 1961. A knee injury he sustained in 1967 led to his retirement from football. Funeral arrangements were pending. Lundy spent his entire 13-year career with the Rams (1957-69). He teamed with Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones – both Pro Football Hall of Famers – and Roosevelt Grier to form a mighty defensive line. In 1968, the defense featuring the four set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed during a 14-game season. Olsen called Lundy, 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, the anchor of the line. Broncos running back dies: Damien Nash, a backup running back for the Denver Broncos, collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in St. Louis, his agent, David Canter, said. Nash was 24. Circumstances surrounding his death weren’t immediately available. Signed as a free agent in August, Nash played in threegames for the Broncos last season and finished with 18 carries for 66 yards. He started as a rookie in 2005 with Tennessee, which drafted him in the fifth round. The death was the second to strike the Broncos in less than two months. Cornerback Darrent Williams, 24, was shot and killed Jan. 1 while riding in a limousine after leaving a nightclub in Denver, just hours after the Broncos’ season ended. Also: Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney voided his contract, and potentially lucrative free-agent options could make it difficult for the team to re-sign its top pass rusher. … Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens needs more surgery on his injured right ring finger and might not be 100 percent until training camp. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lamar Lundy, a member of the Fearsome Foursome defensive line for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, died Saturday. He was 71. He died after a long illness in his hometown of Richmond, Ind., the Community Family Funeral Home said.