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Saturday, January 21, 2006

NFL Football: Today and Back in the Future - Jetsons style

The Jetsons TV series which started in 1962 did a pretty good job of forecasting the future. Here's how their writers saw the future of football. Jetson's Night Out was broadcast during their first season 1962-63:

George Jetson and his boss Cosmo Spacely attend a robot football game. George fools his wife into thinking he's working late and so he won't be able to attend a PTA meeting.

Domed Football Stadiums
Domed Football Stadiums. The Astrodome, in Houston Texas, was the first domed sports stadium. It opened in 1965. Astro was the name of the Jetsons' family dog.

Spectators getting their tickets scanned
Spectators getting their tickets scanned

Control Rooms
Coaching from the Press Box - Control Rooms

Wireless player communications
Wireless player communications

Flying TV Cameras - Skycams
Flying TV Cameras - Skycams

Big Screen TV's and robotic recovery vehicles
Big Screen TV's and robotic recovery vehicles

Was the Astrodome Named After a Dog? [NY Times, Dec. 11, 2005]

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