CFL commish scores an early TD
Canadian football can be a super game. Plenty of passing and scoring, great plays over three downs on a wider field involving skilled players. What’s not to like? Well, anyone watching this CFL season instantly knows that answer — the dreaded coach’s challenge.
What could be considered a good thing for the integrity of the game, has been bad.
For dedicated fans who pay good money to sit in the seats at McMahon or Commonwealth — or for those of us sitting at our home screens — the overuse of challenge flags has hurt the enjoyment of the sport we love. There’s been an absolute flurry of flags. It’s been tough to watch. Delay after delay. So kudos to CFL commissioner randy Ambrosie.
The newly-minted boss of Canadian football made his first act of business one for the fans, and one sure to improve the quality of our game.
Six weeks into the season, he has announced the league would immediately limit coaches to one challenge per game, down from two.
It may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Paired with the threat of losing a time out if the challenge is unsuccessful, and with the ability to only issue the one challenge, pace of play is bound to improve.
And as Postmedia sports writer Ted Wyman reported, it should also help eliminate frivolous attempts to draw penalties.
The video replay is meant to improve the quality of decision-making by referees in crucial plays of the game.
There is no doubt the quality of CFL referring still needs work. But we think fans can accept that not every call is going to be perfect, every time.
Baseball operates this way on an umpire’s calls of balls and strikes.
What is deemed a penalty in hockey often varies slightly from referee to referee, let alone time of year.
We think the CFL puts out a great brand of football.
A return to its free-flow best, as Ambrosie says, will make it “super.”