|Behind the Stripes|
|Written by SaskatoonHomepage.ca|
|Monday, 29 October 2012 05:33|
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Can’t take it anymore! A co-worker who enjoys watching football but isn’t committed enough to really understand the rules relies on the commentators for insight into such matters. (You know who you are Vanese Ferguson). She presents a scenario from last week’s Rider game and asks why the officials got it wrong? When pressed she admitted that she was just going by what the commentators had said, and they seemed to think the call was incorrect. Make no mistake there are times when the officials are wrong and the commentators are correct but it is far more common for the officials to be correct and the commentators either are unfamiliar with the rule or misunderstand the rule and its application. The football rulebook is one of the most complex in sports and officials spend hours and hours studying each rule and even then it will sometimes trip them up. If I was a betting man, I would assume the officials will be correct more often than the commentators when it comes to a rule interpretation.
|Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2012 05:37|