OK. Here's a topic I think many of us can agree on. I've watched this league for many years and am constantly amazed by the poor quality of the officiating. In fact, what's really surprising is not that the league is once again viable but that anyone would even bother to watch a game where the oucome is determined beforehand by the officials. I'm talking in particular about the Ottawa and Toronto game on Wednesday. The league has now posted an idiotic explanation of an incredibly bad call on their website. Do they really think this will fool anyone? It happened halfway through the third quarter. Toronto fumbled and Ottawa scored. At that point, Ottawa would have gone ahead and the whole complexion of the game would have changed. I actually taped the game in question to send to a friend in the US and have replayed it a few times. The tape confirms what I and everyone else originally saw. You can CLEARY see the ball falling to the ground before anyone was tackled. No ifs, ands or buts. They got it right the first time and then blew it. What happened to change their mind?? Nothing. Perhaps the better question is what what did someone say to urge a ref to overrule a right call??
At the beginning of the season the league experimented with video replays. I suggest that Wednesday's fiasco serves to underline the desperate need to move forward with that. Every other league has video replays. Why not the CFL? Could it be that the league wants to keep some discretion in their officiating to help bigger market teams like Toronto wind football games. The Argos should have and deserved to lose on Wednesday. But now I wonder.