Sunday, January 11, 2015

Commentary on Football

I know that not all of you that read this blog are football fans, and to be clear, I am speaking of the American football, not soccer.

There has been a lot of controversy and ire from fans regarding the quality, or lack thereof, of officiating in the playoffs. I think most who watch football somewhat regularly will agree that the officiating has been poor )perhaps even deteriorating) for a few years now.

The reality, and not a good one, is that the poor officiating has become a part of the game and all teams are subject to being a victim. I know this doesn't make it easier on us fans (and of course the actual team) when a bad call potentially alters the end result of a game.

I think the only solution is for the league to step in and set some real standards, hold officials accountable for their actions and level of required expertise, consider alternatives and/or other methodologies...in short, the league needs to take action.

I know that it can't be easy to make calls on the field, amid the action. I know there are going to be mistakes and bad calls every now and again. However, the bad call should be an occasional exception...one that has some method of corrective action, but something that happens rarely, not regularly.

Until such time as action is taken, I think we as fans can either decide to boycott the game - this may be an effective method as the revenue generated by the fans is 100% of the revenue generated - we stop watching, they will have to take action.

Realistically, that's not going to happen, so we can get angry, curse, whatever, but ultimately, we just need to deal with it.

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