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Friday’s Three for All recap: Tim Benz’s arena football announcing days on ESPN; NFL installing new tracking system; man calls 911 to try to get out of ticket

08.01.14 at 1:46 pm ET
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On Friday’s edition of Three for All on Middays with MFB, Lou MerloniChristian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed a play from an Arena Football League game that Benz called, the newest NFL technology and a man who called 911 to try to get out of a speeding ticket. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

On ESPN’s top 10 worst sports moments this week, one of the plays that appeared was from a Pittsburgh Power AFL game against the Philadelphia Soul.

“Two-point conversion, Philadelphia is going for it, and they botch it,” Benz said. “So the Philadelphia team blows it on the two-point conversion and the ball rattles around 50 yards down the field the other way for a Pittsburgh Power two-point conversion of their own.”

The guys then played the audio of Benz’s call of the play.

“I like it,” Fauria said.

ESPN, however, did not play the audio on its segment.

“Courtesy of Tim Benz, they couldn’t go there?” Merloni said.

Said Benz: “That sucks. Now I’m pissed.”

— The NFL announced Thursday that it is installing a real-time tracking system by Zebra Technologies in 17 stadiums this season.

Players will have quarter-sized chips on their uniforms that will sync with radio receivers in the stadium to provide statistical information such as a player’s position, speed, acceleration and total distance run. 

“So what it’s going to do is for 15 Thursday night games, they’re going to be able to track the distance and speed to enhance the fan experience,” Fauria said. “Not every stadium is going to have this, but every team will be part of this process.

“So if I catch a ball and start running, automatically you’re going to know where I caught the ball, how many yards I ran after I caught it. It even goes so far to say how many yards back an offensive lineman pushes a defensive lineman.”

Gillette Stadium is one of the fields that will have this technology this season.

Fauria said he hates it because there would be too many stats thrown on screen at once.

“I don’t want lines all over the screen either, but if you use that at some point during the game and just sort of post the information you get in the background, that’s a different story,” Merloni said.

— Florida police said a man made a phony 911 call to report a possible murder in progress as he was being pulled over in an attempt to get out of a traffic ticket.

Every officer available went out to respond to the situation except for the officer giving him the ticket. The man who made the call, named Julius Lupowitz, had his name read aloud by the dispatcher over the police radio. The officer writing the ticket realized what was happening and caught him.

“Rather than getting a $200 traffic ticket, he’s now facing a felony charge with a five-year maximum prison term,” Merloni said.

Said Benz: “We couldn’t have found out he had meth or something in the car?”