Once again, the "vaunted" CFL Officials embarrassed themselves on International television by totally botching a No Yards non-call that led to a lost fumble by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats tonight. This picture, http://tinyurl.com/ordoh8w, shows Brandon Banks attempting to field a punt with 10:32 (or so) remaining in the 2nd Quarter while an Alouette player is WELL within the 5-yard restraining area. That should be an immediate 15-yard "No Yards" penalty from the point of the foul, but apparently the "vaunted" CFL Official cannot count to 5.
I challenge Bob Young to bring this to the attention of the League. I challenge him to do whatever is necessary to make "No Yards" a reviewable call. I even have a solution that can easily be implemented to aid in this.
For years, we have seen a virtual "first-down" line on our TV screens. It should be just as easy to "draw" a 5-yard circle around a punt returner to be used AS AN AID in determining a challenged "No Yards" call.
I am tired of the extremely sub-standard officiating in the CFL. I am tired of watching a bunch of amateur guys in stripes throwing flags, and, all of a sudden, a football game breaks out for a few plays. Frankly, the "vaunted" Chief of Officiating for the CFL, Glen Johnson, either has to crack down on his underlings, or be fired at the end of the season. Under his tenure, what was already questionable, has turned into a disaster. At least Tom Higgins had the stones to DISCIPLINE Officials when they messed up. Wait a minute, he may be looking for a job now, right?