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No need to wait for the instant replay

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General view of the video board during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on November 28, 2004 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

I'm always fascinated by the intersection of sports and photography, particularly live video. Who can forget the infamous "Spygate" scandal involving the use of cameras to steal signals during football games.

The New York Times today wrote about football players who use the large end zone video boards as a rear view mirror to see what's going on behind them. Star receiver Randy Moss used them as early as 1998.

Moss did not limit his viewing to plays when he had the ball, either; he would watch the board constantly, using it to see exactly when quarterback Randall Cunningham released a pass so he could cut or break off his route at the precise moment required.

Note: I used an archive photo of the old Giants Stadium (above) to show the relationship of the video boards to the action. The Times mentioned the run of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (below) this past Sunday.

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (L) glances up at the video board as he runs for a touchdown after catching a pass during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 1, 2012.

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The referee signals a touchdown after New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks catches a touchdown pass against Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Jan. 1, 2012