For anyone holding onto the belief that musical, murder mister dramas could make it on TV, "Viva Laughlin" has been canceled after two episodes.

It only goes to prove that sometimes new, isn't always better. The same goes for sports where newer or faster often doesn't equal better. The NHL recently allowed a hand full of players to test the Thermablade, a new battery-heated blade developed by a Calgary man, in practices and games. While the NHL doesn't endorse products, if the trial period goes well, it could OK the product for players soon.

The skate works with a heated blade melting the ice underneath the blade to reduce friction.
Wayne Gretzky was so impressed by the product several years ago, he became an investor in the company. The advantage is pretty clear just from watching the sample video at The heated blade allows skaters to glide better and make tighter turns.
The Web site claims to give one player an advantage over the other at the moment. However, what if the NHL approves the skate for all players?
Is this really going to help the game? Hockey is already a fast sport. If everyone uses the skate will it really make hockey a better sport? Would Major League Baseball be better if everyone used aluminum bats?

If some players chose not to use the blade, it could open a divide between players - one that could be looked at as cheating.

New technology and inventions don't always make the games better.

Baseball is hesitant to apply technology for that purpose. While FOX shows TV viewers exactly where pitches land in relation to a perfectly outline strike zone, the game is still left to a judgment call by an umpire. It isn't necessarily a bad thing. Meanwhile, the steroid-era in baseball has been only been a colossal headache.

There's even a book, "Glow Pucks and 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst ideas in Sports History," that begs the same question. Not every idea has been implemented for the right reason or made the games better.

Perhaps the best innovations in sports have come through TV. The games have always been good, but allowing almost anyone to watch them more intimately with out spending $200 for nosebleed tickets has made a great difference.

The yellow graphic first down markers that like the field on TV for football games - now that's progress. Football is a better sport because of TV. Producers have it broken down into a science. Many NFL fans will never see a game in person but don't miss out on too much because of the quality of the broadcast version. Using the First and Ten, the first down graphics system conceived by ESPN, by was a perfect marriage between making the game that much easier to watch and not being terribly distracting. The same couldn't be said for FOX's glow puck experiment, used for just four years, with hockey.

Is new always improved? No.

Now if only soccer could adapt technology to properly call offsides.