referee #73, Brian Chrupalo, not surprisingly of Winnipeg Manitoba, field judge, should be awared the game ball for at least 3 calls that influenced the game in the favour of the Bombers. First, in the 2nd quarter, Thigpen caught a punt in the air with at least 3 Bombers inside the zone, yet no flage. Thigpen was incredulous. This was right in front of #73 and his call to make.
Secondly, he is the one who threw the flag on Bo Smith on what was shown on replay as being his stripping the ball from the receiver's hand when it hit the hands, giving the Bombers a long gain and points. Other refs closer to the play did not throw the flag.
In the 4th quarter, he then makes a no yards call against Hamilton, at a crucial point, when it was clear no one was in the restraining zone.
The gist is that the many of the officials are incompetent. They think they are the game, and even the announcers mentioned the number of flags and the role of the refs.
#73 in my opinion (oh, I had officiated for years and have some knowledge ) is out of his league and there are others like that. Though most officials will object, the only way to get accountability from officials is to have their stats published. Clearly set out which ref makes the most calls, and which type of calls. Offsides and motion are usually easy and obvious. No yards and interferenence are the calls that influence games. Let's see how many of these calls are made and by whom. Let's make the refs accountable and to hell with how they feel about it, as most fans are paying good bucks to see pro football players and not part-time garbage pickers dictate the flow and outcome of the game.
Sorry Brian, but your screw ups were the last call for me, and you have to be called out as being incompetent.
As the officials association will fight such accountability, fans should call out the refs that stink, they have numbers, they have a website (google CFL referees) so they should be called out and replaced by competent refs.