Replay would clean up referee mess

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

The CFL needs instant replay.

Why?

Because everyone makes mistakes.

The most glaring and important missed call of the CFL season occurred Friday night at B.C. Place when the Calgary Stampeders completed a successful onside kick for a touchdown as time expired.

The (Vancouver) Province reported Sunday that referee Jake Ireland, while on his way to the officials' locker-room after the game, was overheard asking his fellow zebras if they knew where Sulecio Sanford -- the Stampeder who picked up Mike Juhasz's kick and took it into the end zone -- was on the final play.

Excuse me?!?!

It would have given the Stamps a meaningless win over the B.C. Lions, but a win is a win and Calgary deserved it. That's the bottom line.

The Stamps filed an official protest with the league yesterday. The chances of them getting the result overturned are probably slim to none. It should not have come to this.

WORKS

Instant replay works, as the NFL has proved over the last few seasons. Who cares if the game takes longer to play? Who cares if a review kills the atmosphere? This game is about football, and, like it or not, winning and losing.

What if that Lions-Stamps game was for first place? What an embarrassment it would have been for the league.

The CFL needs instant replay.

MORE REPLAY NEEDED: What's wrong with this picture?

Two of TSN's four Gemini nominations, announced last week, were for its CFL coverage.

On Friday night at B.C. Place, however, they couldn't even show viewers a conclusive replay of the controversial final play of the Stamps-Lions game.

The network had the tape for SportsCentre later that night, but it looks like they had to borrow one of the teams' game tape.

PRINGLE PEEVED: If you believe that Mike Pringle wasn't being selfish on Sunday when he wasn't called upon to carry the ball from the one-yard line, I've got some ocean-front property near Carberry to sell you.

Pringle said after the game that all he cares about is winning.

Jason Maas scored a touchdown, which, last time we checked, aids in the winning process.

Pringle was calm in front of the television cameras on Sunday, but as soon as they left and a newspaper reporter kept asking questions about his fit, Pringle really blew his top, according to Sun Media reports.

"Get out of my mother------- face!" Pringle screamed repeatedly as three teammates dragged him away.

Pringle later told another reporter that he had promised his son that he would score a touchdown.

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THEY SAID IT

"Just got season tickets for the Expos."

- One of the top 10 reasons, according to Saskatoon Star-Phoenix columnist Cam Hutchinson, Als coach Don Matthews became a Canadian citizen over the weekend.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 2

The number of Eskimo quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 5,000 yards in a season after Jason Maas reached that milestone Sunday against the Bombers. Warren Moon did it twice.


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