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Enough already: Instant replay reviews getting out of hand

Friday, January 8, 2010

Every Sunday night after the 10 o'clock news, the NBC affiliate in Des Moines features a special called 'Sports Sound-off,' which is an hour-long sports commentary program hosted by the station's sportscasters.

One of the most popular segments, especially among my classmates during my high school days, is called "What's Bugging Andy?"

The segment is basically just an opportunity for host Keith Murphy's sidekick Andy Fales to rant about whatever is bothering him.

So this week, I've decided to take my turn to write a tirade of my own.

As I prepare to watch the final college football bowl game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas this evening, I am crossing my fingers that the contest will not be overwhelmed with this phrase: "The previous play is under review."

If you watched any football on New Year's Day, perhaps you understand my beef.

I understand the beauty of instant replay and how wonderful it can be if a play is overturned in favor of your team.

But the sheer number of times the games were paused last Friday was simply ridiculous.

Maybe they should just review every single play in the booth - and take a commercial break each time. Talk about making a game last forever - fans could spend an entire day watching a single game if this replay nonsense continues to grow at this rate.

What ever happened to letting the players play, the officials officiate and the spectators spectate, as the announcement is given before so many high school contests?

If you've ever attended a high school athletic contest, you will know that the officials miss some calls. Do you know why? Because they're not perfect. No one is.

But I digress.

Instant replay reviews would be wonderful if used at the appropriate time. Reviewing where the player was down on a 1st-and-10 is not the time to use this technology. Triple checking if the runner broke the plane on a touchdown that will decide the outcome of the contest is.

Just as a high school official cannot call every single travel in a girls' basketball game, so it is equally unnecessary and time-consuming for the replay official to review each and every play during the Rose Bowl.

And while I am on my 'What's bugging me' rant, I most definitely need to include the white fluffy stuff blowing around outside my window.

Can I just say that the 37.4 inches of snowfall thus far this winter is more than enough for the next three years?

I love having a white Christmas and I'd love to go outside to build a snowman or make a snow angel.

But I did not write "blizzard" on my Christmas list and it's unsafe to make a snow angel in a four-foot snow drift.

Not to mention, it's so cold out there I wouldn't even consider rolling around in the snow. Plus all that fluffy, blowing snow is not conducive to building a snowman, woman or family.

But it's winter in Iowa, so I suppose snow is inevitable.

Much like Brett Favre throwing interceptions in the playoffs.

I can only imagine we'll see a little of both this month.

As long as they don't send me to another commercial while "the previous play is under review," I think we'll be okay.

I'm Bethany Kroeze, and that's what's bugging me.

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Are you in favor of an NFL-type replay system that only goes in effect when the coach asks? I have one big beef with the NFL system.

Remember the game between the Patriots and Colts in the regular season? It was 4th and 2 at the New England 28 and the Patriots went for it. Bellichek had a challenge remaining but had no time-outs remaining, and you need a time-out as a backup if you lose the challenge. Therefore, he wasn't able to challenge the call. Also, there was more than 2 minutes left in the game. If it had been less than two minutes , the booth certainly would of looked at it. With that reasoning, that some plays aren't reviewed due to technicallities, I believe all plays should be reviewed, as is currently the case in FBS football.

-- Posted by westerner88 on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 8:05 PM

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