It’s not easy being a referee, and I know first hand how tough it is.
I used to officiate soccer in my younger days, and while it was nowhere near the professional level, there were emotional aches and pains let me tell you.
This past weekend, there were plenty of penalties and non-calls to complain about in football alone.
If you watched the Ticats-Eskimos game last Friday night the CFL officiating crew threw a flag on Hamilton’s onside kick towards the end of the game, claiming there was an illegal kickoff.
But there wasn’t.
It didn’t cost the Cats the game but it was another glaring example of the CFL needing to up its level of officials.
The NFL is not immune to bad calls.
Cam Newton, Josh Norman, Richard Sherman and Carson Palmer were among the league’s star players who complained about the officials this weekend.
Norman, Washington’s talented cornerback, went as far to say — quote — “Who is official 88? He sucked. I’m just gonna be honest with you. I’m gonna be straightforward. He was terrible. I feel like he should be reprimanded. I feel like some of the plays that was going on out there, it was just, I mean, it was terrible.”
We all want fair and accurate officiating, but let’s remember, they’re only human… born to make mistakes.