The NFL changed its replay rules this year to create a decision-making Czar who is defined as: “a designated member of the Officiating department at the League office.” That particular nerd in front of a TV-official is located at a desk in New York City and is in charge of communicating the dumb-fuckery he sees in a monitor from hundreds to thousands of miles away directly with the referee on the field. The referee on the field then consults with the round-table of zebras on the field and regurgitates the NYC decision to the rest of the world.
While every fantasy football owner and general fan of the team/player in question sits on pins and needles (literally if you live in Buffalo), inevitably the ref on the field with the microphone clicks onto public-mode and crushes dreams in real time.
It gets even worse when the refs on the field don’t understand why a catch was ruled NOT a catch:
NFL rule 15-2-3 states this: “A decision will be reversed only when there is clear and obvious visual evidence available that warrants the change.”
“Clear and Obvious” sounds like the title for the inevitable biopic film based on Caitlyn Jenner starring the “Going Clear” mega-star, Tom Cruise.
During the game, CBS aired replays from several angles, you be the judge:
Rarely do I agree with anything that CBS’s officiating studio-stooge and Dean Cain stand-in candidate, Dean Blandino says but…..
Even FOX Sports’ own version of Dean Blandino seemed to agree with his network-nemesis of truth and fake news on this matter:
For a league that places 100% of it’s own financial success on a Quarterback’s health and ability to throw it deep, they sure do manage to take away valid catches and scores on a VERY consistent basis. This catch-non catch rule is a tidal wave of contradiction and inconsistency, which is pretty much on-par for the rest of the NFL’s dealings in general. So by that standard, the league’s officials and NYC office are right on track for another jelly-of-the-month club kind of season.
Can’t wait to see what kind of rule the NFL puts into place this off-season to take this sinking battleship further into the abyss. There’s already talk of microchips inside the footballs, drone cameras hovering over the field like a plague of tech-locusts and a reward for kickers who boot the ball between the uprights on a kick-off.
Like, maybe a cookie or something. By the way, I hate fantasy football and it’s slowly killing me inside. When I die, I want my headstone to read: “He should’ve just played Tyreek Hill”.