How do we fix the broken replay system in the NFL?


I want to make it clear that, first off,  I'm here for all the tomfoolery going on in the NFL. I am pro-anarchy and chaos. I tend to find the humor in just about everything. I mean, I'm getting back surgery on Thursday and have been making paralysis jokes all week so you know I'm not overly serious about many things. However, I’ve had it with the NFL and the referees and the slow-motion replays.

Nothing drives me crazy faster than a group of officials who want to see their name in the headlines the day after a game. I firmly believe an official should never decide a game because they are never the ones in danger and seemingly go unpunished if they completely miss a call. It kind of goes toward the reason I am not super fond of kickers in football. Personally, I can't stand when someone who hasn’t played the entire game, hasn’t been hit, hasn’t bled, has done nothing but watch from the sidelines like the rest of us, gets to decide who wins in a game pure slobberknocking. How in the most physically demanding sport do we constantly let someone who is often not even considered a “football player” decide the final outcome? It should be decided on the field and in the trenches with the guys that got them there.

However, if we are going to have slow-motion replays on every single play, can't we at least get the friggin’ calls right? Jesse James, the tight end for the Steelers, caught that ball. That was a touchdown in every single way. If you take that clip and show it to 20 people back in 1955 they would all say it’s a touchdown. If you show people in 1970 they will say it’s a touchdown. Hell, you could ask Tony Romo, who was the color commentator on the broadcast on Sunday, and he would tell you it was a catch. Yet, somehow, the Patriots are gifted another win due to the NFL rulebook and spineless officials.

In America we have laws and we also have a court system with judges and juries. Why? Because there are always exceptions, there are always special circumstances, rules are not black and white. Each time a rule is violated the punishment should not be the same and if you don't agree with me then you don't agree with the American judicial system and well, that’s another discussion. But the point remains that we ultimately hire arbiters to make these decisions. For example, what if two people are arrested for shoplifting. In California, shoplifting can be punishable by up to six months in county jail. Person A is a 45-year-old man who stole a portable heater he couldn't afford because his newborn baby was shivering through the cold subzero nights  and Person B is a 35-year-old man who stole four speakers just because he likes to, “live dangerously.” Should they get the same punishment? I guess perhaps a better question is WOULD they get the same punishment?

My point with all that is that the NFL is a multibillion-dollar business that hires arbiters to interpret the rules, but they aren't doing their job. I hate when Fox brings in Mike Pereira for a multitude of reasons, chief among them that he is always wrong and do we really need someone else’s opinion that doesn't matter? If they are going to dress this up in pageantry and pretend like they have power then let's give them some actual power.

Anyone on Earth can interpret the letter of the law. A chimpanzee can determine whether something is a catch or not when it’s broken down to the exact letter of the law. I want these referees to have some balls for once and enforce the proper spirit of the law. I don't care what the article 12 subsection B states — we are paying these refs to make the right calls. Everyone on Earth who doesn't worship at the church of Brady knew that was a catch, so then have the stones to call it a catch.

If the officials right now are unwilling and think they may become some sort of sacrificial lamb then get them out of there are put someone in the position that has grit behind them. If it’s a matter of payment and the officials don't think they make enough to make those calls then pay them more. The reason we have judges is to make rational decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Calvin Johnson’s infamous touchdown that was taken away was clearly a touchdown. Dez Bryant’s stretch for the goal line against the Packers was clearly a touchdown and so was Jesse James’ catch on Sunday.

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