Replay ready to go

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

Upon further review, CFL instant replay system appears ready to go.

The system was tested again during last night's Calgary Stampeders-B.C. Lions game at McMahon Stadium.

CFL director of football operations Shawn Coates liked what he saw.

"We still want to see how it will go in Edmonton and Hamilton (tonight) but, after six games, I predict we'll be ready to go to start the season," Coates said.

"The guys in the booth are excited about it. They see the flag hit the ground and start cueing up the replay.

"They're pumped about doing this so it's not really panic, more excitement."

Unlike last week's Stamps-Lions pre-season tilt in Vancouver, instant replay didn't turn last night's game into a marathon.

Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins threw a yellow flag in the third quarter when an apparent Nik Lewis touchdown grab was ruled a dropped pass.

The total time between flag hitting the turf and resolution was two minutes 24 seconds.

It would have been even quicker but the head referee reviewed the play twice.

After the review, the ref's ruling stood.

The only play in the first half to get the video treatment -- a fumble by Lions running back Antonio Warren -- also stood.

"We're trying to use this is a tool for the referees, not to work against them," Coates said.

"We're happy so far."

Higgins, who has long stated his objection to replays, is pleased the test run is over.

"We needed to get it done to see if our machine worked," Higgins said.

"It was worth doing it."


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