No Timeout Penalty

When does a penalty actually disadvantage the non-offending team?

When your 1st and goal at the opponent’s 1yard line with 5 seconds left and the opponent calls for a time out they don’t have.

Last night Sask called for a time out when they weren’t ready for the play. So the refs stop everything to throw a flag on Sask for calling a time out they don’t have, but since the ball is on the one, it doesn’t move closer to the goal line. Ticats don’t get an extra down or play out of it.

So basically, Sask got the timeout they didnt have and the extra time to set up their defence.

If the refs knew they had no timeouts left, they should not of stopped the play from proceeding.


Smart coaching by Chris Jones. Use the rules to your advantage.

Buzz Lightyear (Bradbury) the so called "Head Ref" called a terrible game last night. He was on his knees the entire night. Great call by Corky, how can you be penalized if the opponent is on your one yard line.

If it was a deliberate call for a time-out, knowing one wasn't available to them, that was some smart move, with quick response and knowledge of the rule book, by whoever made the call for the Riders. If the current rules, regarding Delay of Game penalties were to be changed, for the future, because of that situation when there is no room to move the ball 5 yds., or even 1/2 the distance to the goal-line, I think it would have to be the awarding of an extra down, or a certain number of extra seconds on the clock, with the choice of the two given to the team on offence.

Actually the refs screwed up, the Riders did have 1 timeout remaining, they lost one on the challenge and hadn't used their other timeout. Heard this on the after game show. I checked the CFL play by play and it does not show the Riders calling a timeout.

If any game comes down to the head coaches' knowledge of the finer points of Canadian football, I'm afraid we come out on the short end every time.

On the other hand: If Chris Jones was changing out his defence to match the situation, he would have been putting in the run stoppers, since the only reasonable call in that situation was to punch it in on the ground. Strangely, that should have made our ridiculous pass play more likely to succeed since the Sask D would not have had the right package in place.

A team can only use one time out in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter. As the failed challenge was in the final three minutes, they could not use their second.

Yes, this was a brilliant use of a loophole in the rules.

Refs could have just not called anything if they knew Sask had no timeouts left.

Another quirky rule that in effect penalizes the non offending team. Sask could go offside or PI or whatever even try calling more time outs. Other than us getting another play they would get the time to adjust their D and the ball will stay at the one. Granted we still need to punch it in but advantage D

In their own end Zone defensive players to escape being the goat on a play are all too often more than willing to intentionally cause interference on a pass to the offensive player he is covering. Yes, too often. Rather than the rules be providing the defense, who simply cheated to avoid being scored upon, with another opportunity to defend, as well as remove the loophole of the phoney time out call by coaches, to regroup, perhaps the ruling, when any interference is committed on an offensive pass receiver in the end zone, to whom the ball is thrown, should be "automatic TD". If not throughout the whole game, such penalty could be applied when less than 3 minutes remains in each half, or anytime in overtime?

If the officials were able to directly give points to a team by awarding an automatic touchdown, imagine the outrage when they get that call wrong? And there would always be people who think the call is wrong.

Jones may be arse, but he is no fool when it comes to manipulating rules. Remember the "centre moved the ball" thing? Love him or hate him, he reads the rule book, and uses it!

Not smart... devious/defiant/obnoxious. Cheat within rules.

Using loopholes is not cheating. Cheating is when you break the rules, hoping to get away with it.

A few weeks back, Austin threw the challenge flag in the final three minutes of a game even though he had no more timeouts. He was penalized for delay of game. Was he cheating? No, as he knew he wouldn't get away with it. But he got his point across, and may have even gotten the Command Centre to review the play on their own.

Smart move by both coaches.