Penalties per game up 30% across CFL

Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel throws a flag during the CFL Western Final at McMahon...

Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel throws a flag during the CFL Western Final at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta. on November 17, 2013. (Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Rarely do I gripe about officiating, and that's not what this column is about, either.

But if while watching CFL games this season you've had the impression it's been raining flags, you're bang-on.

The average number of penalties per game has exploded this season, up 30 percent from last year: from 18.4 per game to 24, league vice-president of officiating Glen Johnson confirmed in an interview with the Sun, Wednesday.

"There's more penalties than anyone would like," Johnson said. "We're working really hard to sort that out... it's a shared responsibility between the clubs and our officiating department."

So what's happening?

Has discipline gone out the window?

On some drives, penalty yards are a team's best weapon. You don't even have to do anything on offence. Just wait for your opponent to mess up.

Not exactly precise, textbook football to watch. To say nothing of the time it's adding to games.


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