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From:  James R Womack
Date:  Tue Jun 8, 1999  1:05 pm
Subject:  Re: Another use for SW

On Tue, 8 Jun 1999 08:18:43 EDT William McGruder

> Now I'm not advocating making public folks' deepest secrets; just
> wondering if any baseball players out there have used SW for their own
> signals.

Not likely because they have no reason to. The signals have to be
demonstrated in specific situations. They are highly unlikely to
put that info into print as they have learned the hard way. Cases of
traded or dismissed football players taking the players handbook with
plays and offering them to rival teams was rather common in the NFL and
college conferences. The lessonlearned was to tightly control the books
and print as little as possible. Since signalled plays ar dynamic in that
can change in the middle of a play, they are of high strategic value.
Thus, no
team will tolerate their being inprinted form of any kind. It would be
Thsi exception is mainly due to the fact that pro and college sports are
revenue producers so the folks in volved as paranoid as casino owners.

In addition, sports signals in football and basketball tend to be
converted into
numeral data on the field and court to further prevent the opponents from

deciphering the called play. The signals themselves donot appear in
that's how secretive they are and that's why coaches have closed
practices so
certain plays and signals are not recorded or seen by any means. Thus my
statement that they'd "kill" you if you put it in print somehow.

But your idea is very intriguing. It just doesn't apply to sports due to
pro sports is run. That's nto to say some innovative coach might decide
since all teams and all people don't know SW, why no try it out. i would
not be
really surprised if that was done. But it'd be short lived cause it opens
the way
for signals to go the way of stolen playbooks.

However, societies are becoming more and more iconic. It's very possible
that SW may be employed as a universal tool to communicate important
and/or technical information via computers or other visual media. Thus
inter-lingual communication access. Indeed, we just might be the
foreguard to
a one language one world society. Then there's the international space
and the lingual problems sure to appear with time. SW is a logical choice
as a
tool to circumvent this to some degree. Besides, "in space no one can
hear you scream."
Thus, as signed languages are more effective to scuba divers than
signals, so too
would SW be nmore effctive in the vacuum of space (especially when radio
transmission is knocked out) where you have a multi-national crew working
outside the station.

SW in sports? It does make sense in many ways, but the money motivated
won't let it happen.

o/ James Womack \o ,
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