Certainly the NFL's full-time, professional officials can also make really bad calls from time to time. But at least they are full-time employees of the NFL. They are paid handsomely for a few hours work each week, unlike the part-timers who call CFL games. And the NFL refs seldom make one call and then, brain cramp!, reverse it. This type of second-rate officiating have been the bane of the CFL ever since I was a young kid, freezing on the pine benches of Old Empire in the mid-sixties. You can bet your tintype he won't be reffing the Grey Cup after this gaff. And how can seven CFL officials get it so wrong, confusing an obvious clip with the blocking rules for screen passes? This blunder after they failed to eject Jimenez earlier for a play that will probably go down as THE most cowardly cheapshot of the season. If CFL officials can spot virtually every hold and illegal push in the back by special teams' blockers, why do they have trouble interpreting something as basic as a block in the back? Sure this sounds like sour grapes after that zebra cost us the Hamilton game. But people in the CFL have been talking about fixing the officiating since I was a boy in the mid-60s. This is an example where the head of the replay officials, in this case John Ireland, needed to intervene, a subject that has undoubtedly be raised by Buono to Tom Higgins-Head of Officiating. Look for some amendments to the CFL replay rules next year.
To be fair I think that referee who reversed his call probably feels worse about it than any aggrieved BC fan ever will, just like that MLB ump who took away a no-hitter earlier this year. We are all humans who make errors; that's why they put erasers on pencils. Refs in all major sports do make remarkably few mistakes while calling fast-paced games with players and coaches constantly harassing them verbally. But when they mess up, it might cost one team the game, as it may have done to BC recently.
Of course, that ref didn't toss two picks or put it on the ground twice in the last 17 minutes against Hamilton. Casey Printers, who had looked better in two previous wins, single handedly tipped the game to Hamilton's side. Then he sat on the sidelines moping, instead of sucking it up an acting like a pro. You never see Ricky Ray mewling when the game is going wrong or he's turning it over.
Let us hope this 'clinker' evaporates from Printers' consciousness quickly and he has a bounce back game against the Stamps. He is going to need it. And that head referee should send his game cheque to Brent Johnson and Anton Mackenzie for the worst flip flop/non-call call in years.
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