Just to sum up the refs in 2009 in 1 word: Terrible.
I think the CFL may have "fired" the wrong officials.
Over the offseason I am going to reread the rules because there are a few that I just don't understand anymore:
Holding, called sometimes, missed a lot of times, they call Dyakowski in the middle of a huge pile on the Cobb TD run that I just can't figure out
Pass interference, I just don't get the rule anymore, we get called for screening even though our DB turned his head around and knocked the ball away, screening is when you don't look back at the ball and just throw your hands up in the air
No yards, it's a pretty simple rule, a defender who is within 5 yards get a penalty. The refs all year have not been calling this one consistently. It's the simplest rule to call!!!
Anyways, did we lose any games because of the refs? No but a missed or bad call can turn the momentum of the game.
The CFL needs to hire these officials full time. Not part time.
If the game is on Sunday, this should be their schedule.
Monday, Tuesday off.
Wednesday review ALL games from the previous weekend
Thursday on field workouts plus work on positioning and reviewing the rules
Friday give out assignments for the weekend, review the teams, players and coaches, plus more on field
Saturday is a travel day
Sunday game day and travel after game
It's really simple. Your refs are only as good as their preparation during the week, just like the players. How can a guy who sells insurance for 5 days really take the time to focus on a game he is going to ref on Sunday afternoon.