Thursday, March 03, 2005

Now I can go gray more slowly

The Southeastern Conference, following the example that the Big Ten Conference set last year, will experiment with instant replay during all league football games this fall. SEC officiating was particularly atrocious last year, as anyone who tuned in to the Alabama-LSU and Florida-Tennessee games can attest, and instant replay makes so much sense on so many levels that I'm amazed that it's just now catching on in the college ranks.

It's unfair to football players, coaches, and fans whenever a blown call decides a game's outcome. Props to the SEC for taking a big common-sense step to try to alleviate that problem.


Blogger John Hubbard said...

Sadly, the blown call in the LSU game couldn't be reviewed. But there are plenty others that could. Including the blown fumble call in the Music City Bowl.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it the Auburn-Tennessee game that had the act of unsportsmanlike conduct that should have been called? I'm wondering if the officials in the booth could see that when the officials on the field don't.

Don't forget that blown calls are also unfair to the universities themselves when the call costs the team the conference championship berth, a bowl match-up or a better bowl match-up - ultimately, it's costing them major dollars.


8:46 PM  
Anonymous the Free Voice said...

It's good to have a measure in place to fix blown calls. I wish I could find the article I came across several years ago about an attempt to make it law that all spors officials have eye exams and hearing tests on a regualr basis, and attempt which was shot down.

I'm glad I'm not the SEC commissioner, the conference would probably be short on officials as I'd fire any that consistently blew calls. Major dollars require the best performance.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

J.B.G., I wasn't aware of anything like that in either of the Auburn-Tennessee games, but I remember that an official made a horrible unsportsmanlike conduct call near the end of Florida-Tennessee that forced the Gators to punt and let the Vols drive for a winning field goal. A Tennessee player hit a Florida player right in front of the official, but the ref only called a penalty on the Florida guy who responded.

Free Voice, I agree. The same crew worked both the Florida-Tennessee and Alabama-LSU games last year, though the official who made the terrible no-call on the LSU pass interference was a substitute for a regular member who sat out the game because he was an LSU graduate.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It probably was the Florida-Tennessee game. Must be all that dang orange all of our hated teams wear.


6:23 PM  

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