In the early seventies we were to assume that by today robots and computers would have been running the world a muck. Do you remember Stanley Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odessey?
A movie about HAL an acronym for a computer who was hellbent on wrecking havoc with the humans who he had daily interface with.
Well sometimes I feel the same about compubox, the computer input system in which I cannot go a round with Jim Lampely blaring out the statistics as if it were the only thing a fight is judged upon anymore.
Created in the early eighties, compubox has two men in charge ,with simotaneously timed keys they register ,calculate and just plain amaze me and at the same time frustate me with the statistics that they accure during the fight.
Has enough become enough?,Has this system taken the process of the average guy who watches a fight and rendered his opinion worthless.
Is it important to know how many punches the PACMAN has thrown and landed? Yes it is, to a point.
In all fairness I think compubox has taken some of the romance from the sport and people have learned to wait for that damned cumputer to judge the fight for them.
It doesn't judge it for me, it doesnt tell me when or how many times a man's legs are wobbled, how many times the fight has almost been stopped. It doesnt count to ten or even tell me how hard a punch to the stomach hurts.
HBO has just taken this to be the deciding factor in many of there fights, and when you have people like Pacman throwing gaudy numbers throughout a fight it seems to put him on a pedastel.
Boxing matches watched by the average joe can be decided by the eye factor, it's just that us being merely human , we probably need all the help we can get.