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I have a dream: A world without booth reviews

Posted by keithosaunders on November 19, 2010

Sometimes it feels like I’m on an island.  I am the only one I know who would be happier if the NFL did not use instant replay.  For years we got along without it and we did just fine.  In fact, if you asked to name one important game that was lost due to lack of instant replay I would be stumped.

To be honest I don’t care if the refs get it right or not.  All I want is for the game to keep moving.  I have confidence that the refs are professional enough that they will call the play called correctly over 90% of the time.  That’s enough for me.

How many times are you enjoying an exciting game only to have it interrupted to decide whether or not both of the receiver’s feet were inbounds?  Not only does the game come to a grinding halt but we are then subjected to at least a half-dozen replays.  Not to mention the mind-numbing speculation by the announcer as to the ruling.   By the time the ref gets his ass out from behind the curtain I don’t even care if the call is reversed.  I just to see more of the damn game.

Worse still is when the game gets down to the final two minutes of the 2nd and the 4th quarters, at which point the refs upstairs decide if a play is reviewable.  They always err on the side of caution;  they will call for a booth review if the left tackle so much as sneezes. 

Under the current system it stands to reason that half of the time the call is going to go your way, meaning in favour of the team you’re rooting for, and the other half of the time you’ll be disappointed.  Wouldn’t it be exactly the same without replay?  Sometimes a bad call will go your way, sometimes it won’t.  The only difference is that without replay the game moves at a much faster pace. 

Human error is part of life.  Sometimes imperfections give it character.  I don’t care if Max Roach speeds up and I also don’t care if Chad Ochocinco is inbounds or not!

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6 Responses to “I have a dream: A world without booth reviews”

  1. verdun2 said

    College is worse. There the people in “the booth” can call down and review any play they want without reference to either time on the clock or coach challenge. Slows the game even more. Yuck.
    Good job.
    v

  2. zapple100 said

    Couple of years ago they broadcasted a football game with no announcers. I think it might have been a football game. It was alright but I like announcers if they’re good and don’t over talk.
    Most of the time when I watch a baseball game I turn the sound on the TV off and put on music. The give the stats somewhere on the tv screen so you know what’s going on.

  3. zapple100 said

    The refs call are part of the game.

  4. Even with replay it figures that half of the time the call is going to go your way, meaning in favour of the team you’re rooting for, and the other half of the time you’ll be disappointed. Wouldn’t it be exactly the same without replay? Sometimes a bad call will go your way, sometimes it won’t. The only difference is that without replay the game moves at a much faster pace.

  5. Yeah this one I don’t so much agree with. I absolutely care that the refs get EVERYTHING correct. I don’t care how long it takes to get the call right…make it happen.

    Now as far as the last two minutes are concerened, it is kind of weird that during that time period the refs can challenge anything. If they were going to do that, wouldn’t they just make everything at every time reviewable? I don’t get that?

    That being said, it is about half and half…half the time they have the good angles and get it right, and the other time they don’t and they jack the call.

    No perfect machine, dude.

    Meehan

    • Here’s my point: Let’s say they only get it right half the time. The half of those times the decision figures to go against your team. Without replay the play figures to be right about the same percentage and it will go against your team the same percentage. The difference is the tempo of the game will be increased exponentially and we won’t have to endure endless rreplays while the ref sorts it out in the booth.

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