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Sunday, March 24, 2019

The NFL is considering proposals to add pass interference to a coach's red-flag replay challenges. One proposal just adds interference. Another adds interference, roughing the passer and defenseless hits. A change requires 24 of 32 owners and could happen this week when they meet in Phoenix. Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II told the team's website, "There's more interest in looking at how we make sure that plays are getting corrected than in other years."

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That should speed up the game..

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-24 12:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

As if the game wasn't long enough. This obsessive search for scientific accuracy in officiating is the game.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-24 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This obsessive search for scientific accuracy in officiating is the game.
#2 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Haven't thought if it that way, interesting, it won't be long until teams hire a "lawyer" to navigate the rulebook. Perhaps within our life times, a call will go all the way to the Supreme Court.

I can only hope...

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-24 12:41 PM | Reply

Meant to say "ruining the game."

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-24 12:42 PM | Reply

Apparently, the league has chosen to keep the gamblers happy over the viewing public. And they wonder why ratings are down.

#5 | Posted by morris at 2019-03-24 09:44 PM | Reply

#1 & #2 ... both define reality through their misery.

I dont gamble but do like the rule change... lots at stake with these games.. better to get the calls right

#6 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-03-25 08:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The problem is that replaying will only truly be beneficial for a tiny percent of the pass interference calls. Almost every debatable PI call, even after a year has passed, has people who still believe varying conclusions. Very rarely does one happen like in the playoff game that was 100%, unquestionably clear cut and non-debatable. Reviewing PI calls won't stop most people from changing their opinion, so they really need to figure out a way to only make specific types of PI actually reviewable.

#7 | Posted by humtake at 2019-03-25 12:07 PM | Reply

So let's slow the game down even more? I've always thought non-calls, even blatantly bad non-calls, by the refs are part of the game. I hate it when it is against my team and I am okay with it when it is in favor of my team. Which, arguably, is the way it should be.

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-03-25 02:43 PM | Reply

I've always thought non-calls, even blatantly bad non-calls, by the refs are part of the game

Yep.

What's worse is when video replay shows that a call should be overturned and the officials fail to overturn it.

Here is a perfect example (left foot touches before right - a TD that was ruled incomplete):

www.youtube.com

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-25 02:57 PM | Reply

Hawk Eye in tennis is fantastic. A computer and 10 high speed cameras make an instant decision based on objective data. More often than not it only confirms what the umpire called in the first place. The same technology can be used for goal line decisions in soccer, also great. But instant replay where the game is halted and a human is asked to make a subjective call with often incomplete data is worse than useless. The best you can do is have professional full-time referees that get paid enough to make the job very competitive and a system that reviews and rates officiating teams based on their performance. The best crews are given the biggest games and the worst crews are given the sack. Instant replay insures poor officiating. Referees in leagues with replay get worse over time and more importantly are trained to not make calls and let the replay sort it out.

An element of luck is required to make sport truly interesting and exciting. A bunch of fans whinging over over a call is part of it. The NFL is more of a television drama than a sport anyway, its' fans should be least interested in making sure every single call is spot on, even more-so considering it already takes FIVE hours to watch a game. The worst team in the league is given the best player, how is that sport? One team can go 0-16 and still get a big check at the end of the season with no relegation. Another team can go 8-8 and win the title. It's basically 5 hours of everybody-gets-a-trophy communist propaganda with cheerleaders and an occasional pop star thrown in for good measure.

#10 | Posted by BluSky at 2019-03-25 04:48 PM | Reply

I've watch NFL my whole life and still couldn't tell you what pass interference is.

#11 | Posted by Alaskan_Guy at 2019-03-25 07:53 PM | Reply

I don't even know what a catch looks like anymore.

#12 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-03-25 08:09 PM | Reply

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