During the BC/Calgary game, the Stamps had to waste a challenge after the BC punter took a dive, (Long has done that several times this season). One of the announcers came up with a very good suggestion that when proven to have taken a dive, the offending team should be penalized 15 yards. I totally agree. In fact I would take it one step further and suggest that not only should there be a 15 yard penalty for embellishment but that the other team not be charged for the challenge.
I’ll go against the grain here and say that I don’t think it should be a penalty to “embellish” like Long did. While I absolutely hate these kind of theatrics and think Long deserves a quick slap in the face, the fact is that players do sometimes get hurt without there being any contact from another player. I would not want to see a team have to march back 15 yards because a kicker landed awkwardly and actually hurt themselves without any contact, and I don’t think it’s really up to the refs or the command centre to judge anything other than “did the player get contacted”.
I do, however, think that this and other major infractions that are obviously missed by the refs are things that should be overturned without a coach having to burn their challenge.
Dave Dickenson was on the radio today saying he sent in a formal complaint to the league regarding Ty Long’s actions and that Long had lost his all-star vote. Hopefully others follow suit. This isn’t soccer.
NOW that is well said. If you punish the kicker, which i totally disagree with then you punish recievers who cry on every play, which I agree with. And whats with this stupid MIC ON feature or sorry lack of feature. Players yelling gerbil. That should be a 25 yard penalty Mr Randy.
There is a big difference between flopping to the ground pretending you were hit illegally and saying hey ref, that was pass interference. But with that said…If you do the flag throwing motion, you are penalized
But if you think they should be penalized for “Crying” PI then they should also be flagged for signaling incomplete, or complete or TD or first down or a fumble recovery or facemasking or holding or pointing to the opposing line claiming they moved first
Sorry no…asking for a PI flag is no where near to FAKING being roughed up