Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:21 AM
Once again, I stand firmly behind my position that the referees NEED TO BE ABLE TO CONSULT EACH OTHER (and the linesman, too!) during the game, especially after questionable penalty calls. Front ref calls a trip, back ref comes up and says, "I had a better angle, there is no question it was a dive." Call the freaking dive, not the trip!
They should be able to review, as it's hard to differentiate real and false at this type of speee. BUT least it isn't as bad as the NBA with PBJ flopping like a fish out of water on one side of the court with a player not in sight lol.
I agree with both of these, and I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record with this, but the reviews would be MUCH faster if you cut out the phone calls and video goal judges and just let the referees get a quick view of the replay in the scorer's box. Actually, I don't know much about this technology but it would seem to me that we're not too far off from just letting the officials wear some kind of video screen on their wrist like a watch that will allow them to just see replays right after they blow the whistle rather than wait for them to skate over the scorer's box and walk in front of the monitor, although that doesn't take much time either.
Obviously adding reviews will lengthen a few stoppages, but this is vastly overstated. Even if they could, they're not going to review every single play, it would probably only happen a couple times a game, and the process can be drastically streamlined so that each review doesn't take nearly as long as it does now. Not to mention, a review on a penalty call wouldn't take nearly as long as a review on a goal scored by a high-stick or a kick.
I bet a lot of the people who oppose giving the officials a chance to review plays are the same ones who go bananas when the ref makes a bad call. People always complain about officiating being bad, well it's not like there are better refs out there so the only way to lessen blown calls is to let them get a second look at it in slow motion. Many times whether we are watching from the stands or on TV, we don't know what exactly happened on a particular play until we see the replay, and then when we see it we go nuts once we discover it was a bad call. Since we demand 100% accuracy, why not let the officials get the call right rather than leave it up to a guess made in a split second?
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