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Technology trips on helmet as kisses liven up the MCG

Following the lunch break, Channel 9 cameraman Joe Privetera was operating a segway cam, a two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device, out in the middle.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2011 00:57 IST
Rohit Bhaskar

When driving something with wheels attached to it, a helmet is always a safe bet. But, as one cameraman found out, helmets aren't always there for your safety.

Following the lunch break, Channel 9 cameraman Joe Privetera was operating a segway cam, a two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device, out in the middle. The segway has gyroscopic sensors and fluid-based level sensors to detect even the minute shift in the stability of the operator. But can technology ever help better human error?

With his focus on filming Michael Clarke & Co, Privetera, who was the cameraman guilty of the infamous 'can't bowl, can't throw' rant against journeyman pacer Scott Mueller over a decade ago which was recorded on a stump cam and heard on live TV, failed to spot the helmet behind Aussie wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. He drove the platform ride over it and came crashing down. The crowd let out a big roar, and Privetera enjoyed his 15 seconds.

Wonder what Mueller thought of this. Did we hear someone say, 'can't shoot, can't ride'?

Pucker up
During the drinks, the giant screen at the MCG has a special place in the hearts of many. Or even, of the many in the heart.

The camera zooms on two people with a heart superimposed on the screen, the objective being those in the frame have to share a kiss, hence the name, given by a sponsoring mobile operator - pucker up.

First it's a disinterested girl and the guy sitting next to her. No love, she just flashes her middle finger as most of the 52,858 fans at the MCG laugh out loud.

Then a Sikh man and a white girl are the centre of attention. They are game and lock lips amid applause from the crowd.

The cameraman then, rather cheekily, focuses on two girls in the crowd. What ensues? A kiss, and the loudest roar of the day.