CFL replay given more power
Ball can change hands after league reviews
Ian Busby, Calgary Sun
Friday, May 13, 2011 12:38:42 EDT AM
As nervous as football fans were for their CFL team’s fortunes during last season’s playoffs, there wasn’t a more anxious person than Tom Higgins.
Knowing there was a rule he needed to change but couldn’t, the CFL’s director of officiated held his breath every time a receiver dropped a pass on a bang-bang play.
Things came to a head Sept. 24, when the Montreal Alouettes pulled out a victory against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Late in the fourth quarter, Als receiver Jamel Richardson pulled in a one-handed grab, but the ball was jarred loose by a Bombers defender and recovered.
It was ruled incomplete on the field, but it should have been a catch and a fumble.
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