For those who don’t know, there was a predictable challenge tonight in the CGY@SSK game on a fumble by Burris that resulted in a SSK TD. The question was, “was it a fumble or a forward pass?” Pretty standard.
That whole play is the head referee’s call. Fumble, recovery, forward progress or touchdown going the other way is all covered by the head referee – almost exclusively. Now the challenge flag comes out so the head referee goes under the hood to re-evaluate his own call.
Here’s my question - as a matter of optics would it not be better that another oficial goes under the hood when the head referee’s call is the one being challenged? The obvious choice, to me, is the Umpire. I’m curious what others think about this - to me it’s kind of like the cop who gave you the speeding ticket also being the judge in your court case to dispute the ticket.
I’m also happy to admit if I’m overthinking the whole issue.