The Canadian Football League has admitted that their officials got it wrong twice on the same play in a last Sunday’s playoff game in Hamilton.
League officials say that there was no holding infraction against Hamilton on a play late in the fourth quarter, and yes, there should have been a roughing the passer penalty for a late hit on Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros .
Referees are human and they will make mistakes from time to time.
But when Tiger Cat Coach Kent Austin appealed the on field decision, the CFL Command Centre in Toronto, which reviews controversial plays, denied his appeal and Hamilton subsequently lost the game.
In their statement , the CFL sidesteps their culpability by saying that , yes they made two mistakes, but no one play determines the outcome of a game.
I beg to differ.
Those egregious errors had a direct impact on the outcome of the game; the Tiger Cats lost and were eliminated from the playoffs.
What makes this worse, is that this is the third time in the last few weeks that the CFL had apologized for game changing mistakes against the Tiger Cats.
Callers to The Fifth Quarter post game show here on CHML wonder if there is an anti-Hamilton bias in the CFL.
It sure looks that way !