Types of reviewable plays increases

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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