The concept makes too much sense to ignore, so maybe it will take a league MVP and Super Bowl champion to convince the National Football League.
You know when there’s a massive scrum on the goal line and the officials can’t see whether the ball has crossed the line for a touchdown?
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes believes the NFL would be spared all kinds of controversy by simply using a microchip to determine how far the ball progressed.
Officials very likely would welcome the innovation – especially because the footballs already have microchips in every football as part of its data tracking.
“I’ve always thought the chip in the ball has to happen sometime, where if you cross the line, it just tells you a touchdown,” Mahomes said on the WHOOP podcast, via the Kansas City Star.
A CBS Sports story reported that Mahomes is among the more cutting-edge thinkers, too. He’s an investor in WHOOP, a fitness tracking company that monitors an athlete’s training and sleep patterns digitally.
“The biggest thing to me is when they get in the pile by the end zone, there is literally no way to tell if he’s in the end zone or not. It’s like you said, it’s just whatever they call. … I’m sure it’ll happen soon enough.”
It wouldn’t solve the problem of determining whether the ball carrier’s knee or other body part contacted the field prior to the ball crossing the goal line.
But there are plenty of instances in which that already is clear, and that leaves only the question of whether the ball made it to paydirt.
The support for increased use of tech in the NFL often centers on forms of this opinion: It already exists; why not use it?