With the announcement today by the CFL Rules Committee that footballs coming into contact with the goalpost ribbon will henceforth be live rather than dead balls, perhaps a clarification is warranted.
For instance, on a day when the wind is light, and the goalpost ribbon dangles limply by the side of the post, yet the ball grazes the ribbon, or worse, glances off it slightly, will there be a replay official to determine if the ribbon actually came between the ball and the post? And if a coach challenges the question of whether or not the ball actually came into contact with the ribbon, will he obtain an additional challenge if his challenge is upheld? What happens if the coach’s challenge of the ball grazing the goalpost ribbon is overruled? Does he forfeit a timeout, or perhaps grant a “ribbon rouge” to the opposing team?
When the wind is strong, as it is most often on the prairies, will there be arbitration over the permissible length of goalpost ribbons? If there is unlimited goalpost ribbon movement on windy days, officials in Regina and Winnipeg and Calgary may elect to install longer goalpost ribbons than usual, the better to block the kicks.
Goalpost ribbons! That’s a new one.