CFL Games of Week 4, July 13 - July 15

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:56 am

Hopefully what the "million dollar mistake" will do is make the new commish understand how important it is that the league improve it's officiating. The disparity between how good the athletes are and how poor the officials are is shocking. It's one of the weakest links in the CFL. Plenty of fans are turned off by the amount of flags and stupid or blown calls. This just throws fuel on that fire.

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Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:53 am

Sir Purrcival wrote:
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:26 am
So I have two questions about Officiating from tonights games.

On the first play of the Als game, can someone explain to me how the Jackson catch wasn't the result of Off. Pass Interference? He literally changed direction ran over the defender and pushed him to the ground. Is the defender not entitled to his space?

In the Esks game, the Ottawa lateral that went for an Esk TD. Did not the Edmonton player clearly block the Ottawa player in the back when he was trying to make the tackle? I didn't get to watch this game so I don't know if a penalty was called on the play or not but it didn't seem to be the case in the highlights package.

And lastly, how crappy should the Official from last nights game feel after not only making a ridiculous call on a TD kick return that nullified a great play but also cost some poor person a million freaking dollars. I see that there was some attempt at apology by way of providing some lesser gifts to the person in question. To me that seems tantamount to an admission that the Official on the field got it wrong, badly. This time it cost someone a lot of money and a chance at a completely different life, a payed off mortgage, a chance for mother to not have go back to work after mat leave. The consolations gifts probably amount to a few thousand dollars. (the home entertainment system was already won by the way so that shouldn't count). It is really unfortunate and frankly, if the league really thinks that the call was wrong, should man up and award the prize.
I got the sense in the Ottawa-Edmonton game that the officials were keeping their flags in their pockets more than normal and not calling marginal penalties, especially those that could nullify big plays. The stats seem to bear that out. There were 13 penalties enforced in the game (not including those that were declined). The league average this year is 16.92 penalties, a number that has been dropping for several years. I think that's a good thing. Let the players play, don't spoil the action by calling ticky-tack penalties and don't overturn the call on the field unless is "indisputable," as the CFL review policy states.

I thought the lateral that resulted in a game-changing touchdown was in fact a forward pass by about half a yard but the camera angle didn't offer indisputable evidence so the call on the field stood. If it were called an incomplete forward pass, that probably would have stood on review too. I'm fine with that. Far too much energy has been wasted this year by people using freeze-frame HD replays to try to show that marginal calls should have gone the other way.
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:35 am

I would completely with not calling ticky tack penalties. However, both the cases I cited weren't in the category IMO. One went for a huge gain and when we have seen Def. PI called for a little as a half second tug on a jersey, it seems a bit much for a receiver to be able to knock over a defender and then go on to make a big play.

The same applies on a turnover play. It was called a lateral, I don't challenge that but when Sinopoli tried to make a tackle an Edmonton Defender levelled him from behind. A play we see called almost every punt and kick off. The same kind of call that incidentally cost a person a million dollars. If they are going to call things a certain way, I am fine with that but the lack of consistency is ridiculous.
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