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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Hey Czabe, you think NFL and NCAA replay is problematic? I’m watching the Grey Cup, and in the CFL a team can challenge a FAILURE of the refs to call a penalty. Within 3 minutes, Ottawa unsuccessfully challenged when the refs didn’t call roughing the passer, and Calgary successfully challenged a no defensive PI call, giving them first and goal at the 1. They promptly scored on the next play. As a loyal Czaban listener, I couldn’t help but think of you, and envisioning your head exploding.

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    Yea Jim’s got a point. CFL replay is so much worse in the not commonly accepted sense. Thanks for the blog; this hits the nail when it comes to replay.

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    Excellent post.

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    Definitely with Czabe on this one. I’ve always maintained that if they INSIST on using replay, it should be done at real-time speed. And if a blown call is not obvious to the naked eye, then leave it alone.

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      Off topic, but I’m so done with the “since” stat (ex: first team to win in The Big House on a Friday in November since 2003…first player to rush and pass for 150 yds since 2013). Really? STHU.

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      I really love this idea! No looking at microscopic details if it’s at full speed.

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    The man-child in khakis might have avoided the tantrum had the zebras called the identical PI penalty they called on Michigan or any of a half dozen holding calls they missed. UM turned the ball over three times so they can’t really complain but that doesn’t change the fact that the officiating was poor and inconsistent.

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    If a chip can measure the exact position of the ball in real time then we should use that. Just like we should get rid of the home plate umpire for balls and strikes.

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    I’ve become a convert. End replay now.

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    This is a great article, specially on the point vs goal of sport. There are no replay in Soccer and people don’t understand how lucky they are. It’s hard to go against the human nature of making everything right but we have to stand and fight. Because the issue is not the simple calls that we can fix, it’s next thing that’ll be in scope of replay and the next thing (see CF example). If that’s the end game let’s just skip to digital robot football right now


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