That was sad to see it happen again to my team yesterday.
I have no problem (at least no anger) suffering a loss like the ones we had in 2011 and 2012 in our home against HAM and TOR. That was not fun but We lost it ourselves on the final play of the season by a mistake from one of our player.
But, yesterday....in the end zone with 20 some seconds remaining, it is a touchdown pass that will certainly be caught by Carter and....bang he gets hit really hard before the ball arrives, it is so obvious I did not need to see the replay.....
We could sense a little shame in Mr. Suitor' voice when he saw the replay.....that was so evident! Again the league, the CFL, demonstrates is greatest weakness: the referring....
If that call is made what 's up: it is 1st and goal at the 1, with what? 16 seconds remaining? With Smith and Sutton in the back field? We all know what would have been the end result. 17-13 Als with less than 10 seconds, game over! They would have earned a very well deserved presence in EF next week in TOR. Especially with that strange season they had.
It was not a pretty show on both side of the field Sunday with really bad weather conditions And we all know that Sean Whyte has played his last game in MTL...and maybe even in the CFL. Both teams had made their mistakes along the way throughout the game, and still, the game was on the line with 20 some seconds left....We were stolen our rights to go to the next level.
AND I can't bear anymore comments such as the one made by Matt Dunnigan after that obvious gaffe again made by a referee, stating that you have to let the players decide the outcome of the game....what now??? the Hamilton DB that hit Cater is not a PLAYER? suddenly?....really strange appreciation made by that intelligent man. That Player, took that penalty because he was beaten on the play by a better athlete thant he is...isn't it what competitive sports is all about?
If you play the cover asses game, you won't go anywhere in life, and referring in the CFL will never improve either. That is what is happening. I follow the Als sicen 1998 and that part of the game never improved...if not, got worse....And I have seen many games form the West where so many bad calls finally became game changers....Eithe you call or you do not call the penalty, referees are part of the game and they have an impact on the result, they cannot say "we do not want to one that decide the game" well gentlemen I have new for you: you already have and many times....that is part of your job.
I know they are human....but the verb "to improve" applied to humans as well doesn'it? It is sad to see it doesn't seem to be part of that league vocabulary...
I have to admit that I am disgusted with all the bad calls made or not made that I witnessed with the Als in playoffs game clutch moments: 2000 Grey Cup, 2 pts converts wiht Haskins tripped by BC DB; 2005 Grey Cup, interference call against MTL in end zone, end of game and EDM scores a TD when they get 1st down and goal at the one...NOW they made the call that day and the game was on the line...what about that Mr Dunnigan? we took our pill and what was deservved by our player - he was beaten on the play, let move on...; 2009 Grey Cup 2 pts convert interference call not made on Alexander against Richardson, that would have tied the game at 27 with about 1 min left in the game....We won it anyways....that was real fun...
And now, Nov 2013 ESF...As an FYI I can tell you that Troy Smith was a little annoyed by that play....and he knows Football better than I do, and certainly as much as Mr. Dunnigan.
Raise my hat to Glenn Suitor that told right off: there should have been a penalty called on that play that was plainly obvious pass interference. That man always tells things straight, and I have a lot of respect for his work. He is the best analyst we have, that is my own appreciation.
This is ridiculous. I know you guys might probably censor my comments. But it is what it is.
We'll be back next year with a new Football team in MTL: new head coach, new QB, new RBs....we shall see.