Here is part of the explanation give by Tom Higgenshttp://www.cfl.ca/article/late-in-the-als-vs-lions-game
after the pages were sent to four on-field officials instructing them to stop play, whistles did blow during the play, before it had concluded with Montreal in the end zoneWatch the video, no whistles blew during the play. I posted from where the official is telling Trestman that there should be 1 minute left on the clock
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Someone pointed out that you can hear whistles while the Als are in the huddle, actually you hear them just after the official finishes telling Trestman "1 minute" These are not the officials whistles, They are from the stands. The refs don't blow short double blasts, the blow rapid multiple times.....Even Higgins makes no mention of it
Now why the review in the first place?
Again from the explanation
At that point, both the Supervising Official at the stadium and the replay official in the Command Centre at the league office, connected by phone, felt the score clock should have been set at 1:05, not 1:00, remaining. The Supervising Official sent a page for that reason to the on-field officials, intending to halt the proceedings before the next play started, so the clock could be adjusted. The on-field Referee informed them that the field clock was correct, as the BC Head Coach had taken a time-out at the 1:00 mark.Here is the problem that HIggins never addressed
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NOT REVIEWABLE PLAYS These include, but are not limited to: ??Proper down ??Status of the clock ??Penalty calls and their Administration ??Forward progress not relating to a first down or goal line ??Force outs on pass plays near a sideline ??Recovery of loose ball in the field of play ??Field Goals
Situations involving the clock; penalty administration; spotting the ball other than for
first down; etc. are not reviewable.
They not only screw up by
A) Attempting to stop the play
B) Disallowing the play before it was discussed
The ref said "There was no play, it is under review!" He simply should have said the play is under review, discussed with the supervising officials that the clock was right and then announced that the Touchdown stands.
There should never have been a review in the first place because
STATUS OF THE CLOCK IS NOT REVIEWABLE!