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I do think they watch my Twitter feed on game day. I will answer their questions and make comments, even if they are unsolicited. But what you find on

Twitter is people who blind- ly support their home team or their bet, and any call that goes against that, they’re malicious and vicious. It is kind of demoralizing to think that someone can sit at a computer and say the things they do. But then you quickly put it in perspective and realize it’s a very small minority. I’ve stayed with it, and I assume I will. My job’s not done yet. I

took it to help fans under- stand the rules better. If you understand the rules of the game—and it makes no dif- ference really if it’s football, or basketball, or baseball, or golf—you’ll enjoy the game more. That’s what my task has been with FOX. I’ve made progress, even with some of our TV commen- tators. I think you could probably say that when you look at some of our color guys, who are ex-players and ex-coaches, they don’t know everything—and you can’t expect them to, because the rules are very complicated. I think I’ve made progress with them too. It’s been really fun and I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it. I’m ready to move on and

maybe do a little more study on the Rules of Golf. FOX now has the USGA contract. I think I am even going to branch out and do a little baseball as they go to instant replay. I’m studying the sys- tem so maybe I can contrib- ute on Twitter and on-air.

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tral command center for instant replay, very similar to how FOX uses you for football. Does it feel like baseball is adapting that system? They looked at what the NFL and NHL did. The NHL is a central command also, and they base their decisions out of Toronto. In the NFL, the decisions have been made on the field, with input from the replay official at the stadium. I think baseball looked at it and wondered how to do it quickly, how to do it consistently, and they decided to go to the com- mand center approach.

have an interest in be- ing an official in either sport or is it just for your personal enjoyment? It’s a little bit of both. FOX got so heavily involved with me in football, I think they feel a little bit of an obligation in baseball, or at least in having a rules person. Baseball rules are compli- cated if you read the rule book, but you don’t have as many judgment calls as football. I don’t think I would have begun studying baseball if instant replay didn’t enter the picture. It’s totally going to change how the game is umpired,

It’s a dream to transition from when your job is done in New York at the NFL to something like this, where you work part-time and you get to play golf.

And I think now, even though I was partly respon- sible for putting together the replay system for football in 1999, I think they are going in the right direction. I think even this year the NFL will go more in that direction and either have a central command center, or give in- put to NFL stadiums when a review is in progress. It doesn’t make any dif-

ference what sport it is. You want consistency in the application of the rules. If you have a central command center that is occupied by your four best replay of- ficials, and they make all the decisions, you’re going to get better decisions than with 17 different guys mak- ing them all on the their own at different stadiums.

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You said you’re interested in learning more about the Rules of Golf and Major League Baseball. Do you

and even how players and coaches can argue. They’re going to be

reviewing just about every- thing. They’re not doing balls and strikes, of course. They’re not doing area plays (double plays), and at this point they’re not doing tag-up plays, but they are reviewing safe and out, fair and foul, traps. I don’t think they know

totally what they are getting in to. But I believe it will be a system that changes even during the year. They’ll see some things that either need to be included, or some communication will need to be included.

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Are you pretty well schooled in the Rules of Golf? I have the NCGA’s Big Little Book. I study it. I haven’t taken any Rules quizzes yet, but I’m going to. I plan on going to the next Rules school at North

Ridge in Sacramento where I’m a member. FOX also has an obligation to send people to rules school as part of its contract. The USGA is very smart in doing that. I’m just a rules guy. I don’t

have mystery novels on my night stand next to my bed. I have rules books. For some reason it’s just always intrigued me. The more I’ve gotten involved with FOX, I think people kind of look at me and expect me to have knowledge in other sports too.

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Golf has a lot of Rules. Do any of them bug you when you play? I do object to how fans can call in and report infractions from home. That’s like saying in football a fan could call in and say they missed holding on this play. It just doesn’t seem right to me. It’s a self-reporting sport and you have officials on the course. I just don’t like that. You know how people are.

They are watching it on TV and looking for stuff so they can call it in. But rules-wise, I’m a

little scared about learning the golf rules, because my personal scores will go way up—and then I’ll lose all my friends because I’m call- ing out violations on them.

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Instant replay seems like it became a part of golf without anyone really deciding it. Instant replay is a part of golf. You go back and look at Tiger Woods at Augusta with his drop, and they were trying to find where the divot was and all that. So far, when you look at any sport, nobody operates with their own set of cameras. It’s what the networks show you.

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