Dr. Priya Narasimhan, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, doesn't intend to put a single NFL
referee out of work, but there's no doubt that the technology she's tinkering with could indeed have that effect. The prof and her students are developing sensor-laden footballs and gloves, both of which could eventually tell in real-time whether a ball bounced off the ground before being caught or whether a player actually had possession of a ball whilst being piled upon after a fumble. Currently, she's had zero luck persuading a college or professional team to help her experiment further, and we can sort of see why. We mean, it's nice to get every call right in theory
, but what fun would sport be without the all-important "Ref, you suck!" chant?