CFL Blitz: Officials are on the ball

Chad Johnson of the Montreal Alouettes hugs an official after scoring his first quarter touchdown...

Chad Johnson of the Montreal Alouettes hugs an official after scoring his first quarter touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Percival Molson Stadium on July 11, 2014. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images/AFP)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

CFL teams and fans should be breathing a sigh of relief: the officials know what they’re doing.

Stop cursing and hear me out.

Going into Tuesday night’s game between the Bombers and Argos, CFL quarterbacks had thrown 1,694 passes. Defensive pass interference has been called 39 times, and only once has a coach disagreed.

Only 13 other times has a coach felt there should have been pass interference on the play, but only three times was he right.

So forget about whether or not the right to challenge pass interference is a good thing (which it is); what should be celebrated here is the officials almost always get the call correct. They have made the wrong call on three of approximately 1,700 passes. That’s a pretty darn good percentage.

Yes, they throw too many flags, but that’s a discussion for another day.


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