If the CFL officials were in college, they would be given an A+ for their effort this season.
It's just the 2.5% of calls that are blown are remembered instead of the ones that were made properly. Director of officiating George Black said his crew is holding the standard set last season, while there are fewer flags being thrown overall.
"In all honesty, we're around the 94 percent mark for good calls," Black said. "Another four percent are marginal calls on plays that require judgement. There could be a foul, but it didn't have a complete bearing on the play as we needed it to. Then we have about 2.5 to three percent that are incorrect."
The actual perception this year is more flags are flying per game, but the number is actually down, dropping to 22.6 per start compared to 23.4 last season. So far in 2007, preventable fouls (offside, procedure, time count, etc.) make up 47.6% of the flags, which is a 2.5% increase from last year at this time. Technical fouls are down, while roughing fouls are up.
This past weekend, Black said the officiating jobs were great, aside from three plays which caused him concern.
An Andrew Nowacki catch that was overturned on replay review Friday should have stood up because the Edmonton Eskimos receiver took four steps and survived contact with a defender.
In the Montreal Alouettes game, a quick whistle on a Paris Jackson fumble likely cost the Alouettes a touchdown, but it had no bearing on the outcome.
And in Winnipeg, the onside kick try that was ruled simultaneous and given to the Bombers should have been kicked again.
"The guys really beat themselves up about it," Black said. "Everybody understands how important it is. People make a living at this, and we want to get it right. The guys take it very seriously. Every now and then, we have a brain cramp."
Given the low mark of 2.5%, how many people can say they go through a work day with a higher efficiency rating?
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