Apparently Mike O'Shea and the Blue Bomber upper management have been demanding an explanation on the No End call that put the Bombers in 3rd and 5 from the 43 yard line instead of 1st and 10 inside the Calgary 40. Of course as it played out Winnipeg was forced to try a 50 yard field goal which they missed to basically seal the game for Calgary.
The issue is that Darvin Adams, the receiver who apparently drew the penalty for not being on the line actually received confirmation from the ref that he was on the line prior to the snap.
I watched the play again from the TSN TV angles. You can clearly see Adams point at the ref as he is walking down the line of scrimmage towards the sideline. The ref pointed back confirming he was on the line. After this though Adams did appear to change his lead foot and in doing so did end up taking a half step back from the line. As soon as the QB sneak was whistled dead the sideline ref ran right to the pile where he was called over by the head referee. After a brief conversation the sideline ref begins to throw his flag just as the TSN camera angle changes.
So while it was the sideline ref on Adams' side that eventually threw the flag it seems like it was the head ref that told him to do it and that was why it was so late.
It was suggested by someone on another forum I follow that based on the CFL rule book Adams should still have been considered properly lined up. They cited this rule:
Article 3 – Scrimmage Zone
The scrimmage zone is the area extending one yard on each side of the line of scrimmage and from Sideline to Sideline.
Kirk Penton's twitter (ugh!) is now reporting that the CFL is investigating the call. A few tweets down you can also see a video clip of the play in question.https://twitter.com/PentonKirk?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author
Arash Madani also tweeted the following (https://twitter.com/ArashMadani?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author):
Source on-field tells me Mike O'Shea asked for explanation on Adams flag. Source on stripes: "buried his head and ran away. Literally.
As a Bomber fan I am surprised how apathetic I am towards this. The Bombers made enough stupid mistakes that they can look at themselves before getting too upset with the refs. My biggest lament is that the call, right or wrong, took away the potential for a really exciting final 60 seconds.
I don't expect anything to come out of the in house investigation except at best an apology from the league.