Thursday, November 12, 2020

Cowboys vs Steelers Nov. 8, 2020, one of the best lateral passes on a punt return you may see.

One of the best lateral passes on a punt return you may see. Cowboys versus Steelers, Nov. 8 2020


Los Angeles Emmy winning Producer Alessandro Machi combines his editing, camera and observational skills to provide unique insights into the World of Sports.

Monday, November 2, 2020

NFL improved helmets seem to be encouraging their players to launch when making tackles, causing concussions, spinal and neck injuries.

A not so funny thing happened on the way to making better NFL helmets, launching "tackles" that can cause concussions, spinal and neck injuries to the unlucky recipient.  


Los Angeles Emmy winning Producer Alessandro Machi combines his editing, camera and observational skills to provide unique insights into the World of Sports.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

MLB baseball should adopt a better strategy for home runs that are launched well above the foul poles.

I have extensive experience as a camera person and an editor, having done both for over 15 intense years, plus another 15 years of location camera work. 

I have come up with some innovative ideas for determining if a baseball or a football that flies far above the post that determines if it is fair or foul.

This is just another frustrating example of how Major League Baseball is not doing as good of a job as it can when it comes to high flying home runs. 

Los Angeles Emmy winning Producer Alessandro Machi combines his editing, camera and observational skills to provide unique insights into the World of Sports.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Out of Respect to the NHL, NBA, and MLB,... NFL and NCAA football should alternate weekend schedules for the 2020 Fall Season.

The headline is my article.  

The NFL should play every other week with NCAA football for the 2020 fall season.

This would give MLB, NBA, and the NHL a chance to have a shortened 2020 season, but possibly finish their seasons. As it stands now, the NFL and the NCAA will not only have not taken any kind of a real hit from the 2020 Pandemic that shut down the world, but they will also be infringing on multiple other Sports empires from having any kind of a meaningful shortened season.

The right thing for the NFL and NCAA to do would be to cut their seasons in half so they don't completely dominate and squeeze what might be left of the NHL, NBA and MLB 2020 seasons.

But on top of that, in the event the flu and COVID-19 comes back this fall, assuming improved initial treatment ballistics, players may literally test positive after a game, go into quarantine for a week, and then begin getting ready for their next game because of the 14 day time span between games. Yes, sounds crazy now, but it might not sound so crazy for the Fall football season of 2020 if COVID-19 and the flu season comes around.

Even if NHL, NBA and MLB were to cancel their 2020 seasons, an alternating schedule for both the NFL and the NCAA may still make sense since it would give both sports a chance to play on even if there was a moderate resurgence of COVID and the season flu. This of course assumes that our Medical field is able to improve their initial virus triaging, which in my personal opinion believe is very possible.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Myles Garrett backed up 15 feet, was then accosted by Mason Rudolph who put both hands on Garretts upper body, before Garrett finally responded, it was self defense.

Myles Garrett backed up 15 feet, was then accosted by Mason Rudolph who put both hands on Garretts upper body, before Garrett finally responded, it was self defense.

I'm surprised that Cleveland consumer reporters are not filing  a suit against the NFL for not using video forensics to study what really happened because it resulted in the harming of the reputation of Cleveland, the Cleveland Browns, Myles Garrett, and reduced the quality of the product the Browns put on the football field.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Taking a Moment to Ponder David Ortiz and Kevin Durant.

David Ortiz shot in the back. Seriously? Why? Kevin Durant tries to come back to help his team and will pay a heavy price with his injured achilles tendon.

Being shot in the back, being shot at all, I doubt David Ortiz did anything to anyone to warrant such a cowardly act of violence. Mr. Ortiz just had a second surgery and one hopes he is now on the mend.

Kevin Durant reminds me of Kyrie Irving all over again. Kyrie was trying to "step up" during the 2015 NBA Playoffs and shake off nagging leg pain. The Cavaliers would sweep a Playoff series, Kyrie would get extra time to rehab and prepare for the next series. This led to a false sense of security for fans and probably the coach.

Coach Blatt was literally only using 8 players from his roster during the playoffs. Kyrie played 45 minutes in the first Championship game match against Golden State and blew out his knee. Kyrie was not supposed to play more than 25 to 30 minutes.

If Kevin Durant had not played, fans would not have forgiven him, he did play, and now fans understand. The tough part about being an athlete for sure is the hostile scrutiny they are put under when they are injured and trying to come back as quickly as possible.

Durant probably knew his limits but probably wanted to prove to everyone that cared. I recall his last season in Oklahoma when he came back from an injury, his leg/foot was acting up and he motioned to the bench that he wanted to come out and the coach basically ignored him for quite a while. It may have been a factor as to why Durant left Oklahoma. 

Yet once again, because he is so valuable Durant just has to be out there. May take a year or more to recover and allegedly he may not have the explosiveness he had when he was uninjured. What a price to pay just to show his teammates and the fans that he cared.

Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 Purdue / Virginia Elite Eight Game features late clock start after Missed Foul Shot was Tipped with 5.9 seconds left.

The Argument that NCAA clock management can't accurately dictate when the clock will start after a missed foul shot is tipped is flawed. In the Purdue vs Virginia 2019 Elite Eight game, EVERYBODY in the Arena knew the second foul shot had to be missed for Virginia to not end up losing by one point.

Ball being tipped with 5.9 seconds left from about 12 feet from the rim.

Even the Television Announcers said in advance that the second foul shot needed to be missed. On top of that, as soon as the ball bounced off the rim, Clock Management dictates being ready to start the clock as soon as the ball is touched. Clock Management took approximately 8 to 10 video frames before the clock started counting down from 5.9 to 5.8 seconds.

Tipped Ball Travels about 10 to 12 feet after tap without the clock moving. Ball is in the air on level with the rim, near the 3 point line. clock is still stuck at 5.9 seconds.

During the time the Clock did not move, the ball was tipped and then floated through the air for 10 to 15 feet before the Time Clock moved from 5.9 to 5.8 seconds. Sports Cam Detective calculates that between 0.25 to 0.33 seconds elapsed before the Clock started.
Virginia Game Tying Shot in Regulation against Purdue appears to be on one fingertip or just leaving fingertip with 0.4 seconds left. However, the clock won't change unti it is .30, so we don't know if there was .4 or .31 seconds left. If only .31 seconds was left when the shot left the fingertips, the late clock start at the beginning of the play probably caused the shot to be taken after time had expired. Aren't you curious to know the real truth?

It appears the Shot that tied the game was taken with around 0.4 seconds, but it might have been anywhere from 0.40 to 0.31. If the Clock had started at the moment the ball was first tapped, it is possible that the shot might have still been on the Shooter's fingertips as the clock turned 0.0.

Whether or not the Shot would have still been within time, it sure would have made for one of the most gut wrenching NCAA Elite Eight regulation endings as fans waited to learn if the ball either barely left the shooter's hands, or barely was still at his fingertips as the time expired.

In Sports Cam Detective's opinion, Clock Management may have altered the destiny for the 2019 NCAA tournament for Purdue and their Fans, yet it will never even be investigated. Without an investigation, no discussion of some type of method can be implemented so future games don't rely on the whim of when the shot clock starts so late in a game with so much on the line.

Lets not forget that in overtime, as the game was well in hand, the Referees suddenly were very big on clock management and kept referring to the scorers table to make sure the game clock was accurate. If that same level of attention had been used in regulation, Purdue might have been the winner.

One other aspect of the final play that will probably be overlooked to some degree is the absolutely perfect shoulder level pass. If the final pass had been anywhere else but where it was thrown, precious time would have been lost as the shooter would have had to rebalance before taking the final shot, and that could easily have taken an extra 1/3 to 1/2 second.

While it is possible that clock management may have affected the outcome of the 2019 Purdue / Virginia game, without the final perfect pass the final shot would have been late even with the late clock start.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Missed call in 2019 Rams / Saints Conference finals taints the 2019 Super Bowl.

Incredibly, not only did the Saints get robbed of a chance to go to the 2019 Super Bowl when a Rams defender committed one of the most blatant pass interference calls anyone can ever recall, but a week earlier the Rams got a huge break at the end of the 3rd quarter in their game against the Dallas Cowboys when the placement of the ball on a critical 3rd down play was mis marked by anywhere from 1 to 2 feet. It ended up being the critical play of the entire game as on fourth down the extra half yard that was needed caused Cowboys running back to stand up to try and get more yardage when a straight dive would have been enough if the ball had been properly placed.

There are solutions to these mistakes that would add an extra element of drama. However, I won't reveal the best solution simply because I am Brand Elevator and if the NFL would like to elevate their Brand by eliminating these silly mistakes, I have a solution.

It should be noted that I believe that defensive backs are taught to commit pass interference if the receiver is the in end zone and its obvious they will catch the ball. 

Example, there are 3 minutes left in the game, one team is down by 10 points but is driving, they have the ball at the 2 yard, first and goal. First down, perfect throw to the wide receiver in the end zone, the defensive back or safety purposely hammers the receiver, pass interference is called. ball is placed at the one yard line, first down. Next play, pass interference, first down at the one, again. Time is being taken off the clock and the offensive team has to risk calling a running play knowing that if they don't score a touchdown the clock will keep running or they will have to burn a time out, or down the ball and suddenly it will be third time. All of the scenarios favor repeated pass interference plays in the end zone. 

This is just nuts and we finally saw it come to a full froth in the Saints / Rams Conference championship game. If the Saints make the reception, the game is over. If the Rams commit Pass Interference, there is a chance the refs might not see it, so it's gotten to the point where do what needs to be done to prevent a game ending or game tightening catch is still a win for the Defense. The Defense is being rewarded too much on pass interference plays. There is a clever solution and the NFL may figure it out, if not, just contact me. Give me a LinkedIn Skills and Testimonial Endorsement and the Idea is yours, NFL.

Being in Los Angeles a couple local ESPN radio announcers were ridiculing New Orlean's fans for not getting over it. I felt this was a form of Gaslighting. The Rams don't deserve to be in the Super Bowl, it's just that simple.

Is this Super Bowl 53 tainted for Tom Brady, no. And that is the irony. The two questionable plays happened in the NFC whereas Brady is in the AFC. So, we have a tainted Super Bowl 53 but it really won't reflect on Tom Brady one way or the other, Tom Brady has a chance to win his sixth Super Bowl, a rather remarkable achievement that may never be equaled.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Justin Turner misses chance to end Red Sox ninth inning of 2018 Game 4 World Series between Dodgers and Boston, Sox score four more runs.

It is not Justin Turner's fault, and not much discussion was given to what third baseman Justin Turner did in the ninth inning versus what he should have done. With runners on first and second base and two outs, a slow grounder was hit to Justin Turner at third base. Turner had to charge in and make a valiant throw to first base, but the speedy left handed hitting Andrew Benintendi beat the throw to first base.

However, if infield coaches throughout the baseball world would preach that with runners at first and second base that third base should be viewed as the new first base things might have gone much much better. The top of the ninth inning would have ended with an out at third base, the Red Sox up by only one, and who knows, maybe the Dodgers still get their two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it?
If Justin Turner does not charge the ball and instead stays within the actual base path on this soft grounder, the out would have been at third base and the top of the ninth inning would have been over with the score only 5-4. Instead, Turner charged the ball and threw to first base and the runner was safe at first base, and four more runs scored later in the inning. The Dodgers would score two runs in the bottom of ninth inning to make the final score 9-6. But if Turner had gotten the final out at third base and the Dodgers had still scored their two runs, the final would have been Dodgers winning 6-5 in game four of the 2018 World Series.
So why isn't it Justin Turner's fault that he raced in to get to the ball quicker to have a better chance at first base when the wiser play would have been to plant himself on the base path and wait for the ball to come to him? It's up to the infield coaches to drill in the concept that when there are runners on first and second, that third base becomes the new first base in certain instances.

It is also imperative that the third baseman learns to OWN the invisible base path between second base and third base if he can legitimately field the ball while in the base path. This poses many problems for the baserunner. If the baserunner collides with the third baseman, the runner is automatically out. If the baserunner runs in front of the infielder and blocks the third baseman's field of view, the baserunner is out. If the baserunner is hit by the ball, the baserunner is out. If the baserunner runs around the third baseman by going behind him, the baserunner may add another half second to one second time to his dash to third base, which basically mitigates the advantage of having a bigger lead off of second base then one can usually get off of first base, and then some.

Would the Dodgers have gotten two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning if the Red Sox had only been leading by one run? Of course we will never know, but being down by one run going into the bottom of the ninth inning is certainly a better scenario than being down by five runs. Four more runs scored after the potential third out was not recorded on this particular play.  

There was a brief discussion by the announcers as to whether or not Turner, after charging the ball, could have gotten back to third base before the baserunner reached third base. However, the issue of Turner staying back on the ball was not discussed. I have seen the staying back strategy worked to perfection by the New York Yankees in a game against the Cleveland Indians. Francisco Lindor was the runner at second base and he ended up being called for running into the infielder. In that instance the shortstop, it might have been Jeter in his final year, deliberately stayed in the basepath when the more logical move would have been to charge the ball. But as long as Jeter had a path to the ball, he is allowed to occupy the base path and it basically meant Lindor would have been out no matter what he did.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Umpire Interference causes Trevor Bauer and Francisco Lindor to miss double play opportunity in 7th inning of 2018 Game 3 Houston vs Cleveland Playoff Game.

SportsCam Detective feels so alone sometimes. Apparently nobody else in the world noticed that the second base umpire ran in front of the play at second base and obstructed both Trevor Bauer's and Francisco Lindor's view of EVERYTHING during the most important play of the 3rd game of the 2018 playoffs between the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. 

If the Umpire had not run through the middle of the infield during the play to get a better vantage point this would have been an inning ending double play in the top of the seventh inning, game three of the 2018 Houston vs Cleveland playoff series, the score remaining tied 2 to 2. Trevor Bauer would have come out for the eighth inning have pitched very effectively. Home field advantage would have been Cleveland's. Instead, Bauer was replaced the Houston just pummeled what was known to be a questionable back end of the bullpen, something that Francona knew and was trying to avoid.

This one Umpire Interference play that was never even noticed by Dennis Eckersley, but it entirely changed the narrative of the series between Houston and Cleveland. Instead of possibly being down 2 games to 1 with Carlos Carrasco set to pitch game four, and Cleveland having had the lead for most of games 2 and 3, this missed Umpire's Interference call changed the Narrative to Houston was the superior team as they racked up 10 more runs from the 7th inning through the ninth inning. This one play completely changed the dynamic of the playoff series, and it was never even mentioned by Eckersley.
Trevor Bauer is already set to throw the ball to second for an inning ending double play, but to who? He can't lead either infielder because the Umpire is blocking his view and the path of where Bauer should be throwing the ball.
Yep, in the middle of the most important play of the game for Cleveland, the Umpire has decided to get a better vantage point of the play even as his own wrongful actions change the destiny of the play.
The Umpire has literally now COMPLETELY blocked second base from Bauer's view. Bauer had started his arm motion to throw to second. If Bauer stops, the play is dead all around, so he continues his arm motion to second base hoping to correctly anticipate where Lindor will be.
First the second base Umpire blocked the view of second base from Bauer, now he is blocking the flight path of the ball in terms of where the throw would need to go so that Lindor can take the throw and in one motion tag second base and then throw to first base for an inning ending double play and game saving play.
The Umpire is still trying to scramble to his new vantage point even though the damage has already been done.
It just gets worse and worser and worstest and every other wrongful grammatical word one can think of. First the Umpire blocked Bauer's view of second base, then he blocked the path of the ball to where Bauer needed to throw the ball so he could lead Lindor to the bag, now the Umpire is actually blocking the line of sight for BOTH Bauer and Lindor so neither player see each other.
Whew, the Umpire is FINALLY out of the line of sight of Bauer and Lindor, um, except Bauer has already thrown the ball and the ball is already halfway to the wrong side of second base. Bauer threw the ball before he could see Lindor because he had no choice and he clearly threw it to the right of the Umpire. Unfortunately in this situation the pitcher should be throwing to gracefully lead the infielder, not throwing so far to the right of second base because he literally threw the ball where they ain't. Both Bauer and Lindor clearly acted in a tentative manner specifically because of the Umpire's bad decision to cross in front of the play, Bauer throwing too far to his right and Lindor moving too slowly to get to the ball quickly enough.

Lindor's judgement was questioned because he did not try and tag the baserunner out when the reality was he was forced to make his decisions with incomplete visual information. Remember ballplayers are taking in data and determining their course of action a second or more ahead of time. The Umpire crossing the road to get to the other side of the infield cost both Bauer and Lindor dearly.

The 1/2 second delay by the hustling to do his job Umpire caused Bauer to not both not see where he should be throwing while also causing a delay in the trajectory and accuracy of the throw.

Why didn't Lindor instinctually know to tag the runner at second and at least get one out? Because once a ballplayer has his lines of sight taken away, they basically lose their ability to foreshadow the best possible plan of action. Lindor had to lunge for the throw at the last second to get to the ball. 

I get that the Umpire messed up. I am not upset with TBS announcer Dennis Eckersley for  missing what I saw when the play first happened. What I question is why can't there be a back up "guru" somewhere out there who can call in their observation and save the day from the point of view of giving Eckersley the corrected analysis.

Sportscam Detective noticed Mr. Eckersley proceeded to comment about Bauer not being prepared to defend his position and that Mr. Lindor did not make the correct decision to tag the baserunner before the runner reached second base. Basically Mr. Eckersley impugned the abilities of both Mr. Bauer and Mr. Lindor when it was Eckersley who erred by not noticing the scampering, interfering umpire.

The narrative that the third game was lost because of an umpire over zealously trying to do their job is a superior and more accurate storyline versus stating that two All Star Indians players totally messed up a play.

I am suggesting to MLB to have some outside advisers available who can call in during a game and have the observations quickly evaluated. Even if the correction is made in the next inning, lets at least get the dissection of the play correct for history's sake. Yes, Sportscam Detective is available for such duties.

SportsCam Detective would like to share certain sports moments that sometimes go unnoticed if it can correct an inaccurate narrative before hostile comments begin about the players from fans who are being wrongly informed about the play by play.

These types of mistake scenarios exist all around us and people who come and help are called fixers. A good fixer uses the truth to explain what went wrong and to elevate the discussion back to the level that the fans and the "play by play" people are capable of producing.

But Houston won going away so it didn't really matter, no? 

No, the score would have been 2-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning and Bauer, who was pitching fine, could have gone another inning or two. Houston was barely making contact and to their credit, were lunging after Bauer's pitches and hitting balls into the ground and creating infield hits. Not exactly dominant hitting. Bauer basically threw back to back double play balls and all he had to show for it was one out and two runners safe, and an exit from a game he had been pitching decently.

But Houston was the better team, no? 

Yes, and that's just an another reason to not help them win, no? But worst still, to not notice an Umpire's unfortunate decision to run across the infield at the precisely wrong moment and then blame the umpire's wrong decision on two All Star caliber players, is just not right. 

Wait till betting is legalized and suddenly these ballplayers have a million angry betting "fans" blaming them for a bad outcome play that was not even their fault to begin with.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets produces first Browns Victory since 2016, and a Strange Camera Quirk.

When the Cleveland Browns kicked and made their first field goal to draw to within 14 to 3 against the New York Jets on their way to a come back 21- to 17 victory on September 20, 2018, complete with Baker Mayfield playing his first professional game, something strange happened as the ball rocketed into the sky on the first field goal attempt.

As the kicked ball rose into the air, the ball clearly appeared to first move outside of both goal posts, and then come back inside the goal posts. The Thursday Night Football announcers noticed this phenomena as well. But when the field goal was shown from a different angle, one from directly behind the goal posts and most likely with a more conventional lens, the ball NEVER appeared to venture outside of the path of the goal posts, and this was commented on by the announcers.

The prior week in New Orleans Sportscam Detective noticed the same phenomena on a field goal by former Browns Kicker Billy Zane.  The ball seemed to do a dipsy doodle and then stay wide. Sportscam Detective believes the wide angle lenses on the aerial cameras used above the field of play that move on guide wires are using wide angle lenses that are distorting the path of the ball at a certain distance from the camera lens.

This is not an attempt to slander the maker of the lens. However, the evidence is there, in the video recordings of both kicks.  Sportscam Detective is concerned that if the aerial camera wide angle lenses have some kind of Bermuda Triangle zone in terms of distance from the camera and lens and the amount of telephoto or lack of telephoto lens used can create a momentary optical illusion, could this illusion incorrectly influence how the Instant Replay crew reviews the field goal of the ball perhaps stayed above the goal posts?

Imagine having to rely on the aerial camera to judge an instant replay because the ball stayed above the field goal posts and the camera in the stands could not capture the flight of the ball. If Sportscam detective can find the video online it will be posted her so you can judge for yourself.

In the meantime, it seems somewhat fascinating that lightweight portable wide angle lenses may have built in wide angle anomalies that can actually change the spatial relationship of two objects that are not on the same plane of view.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Welcome to Sports Cam Detective.

Welcome to Sports Cam Detective. We will explore the nuances in sports that are captured by Sports Cams on game by game basis.