I understand your job as CFL director of officiating is a tough one. It must be very tough when you have to keep standing up and defending your officials even though you know deep down that you are in charge of a group of morons. How can you honestly defend the travesty that happened at MacMahon Stadium Saturday afternoon? Do you not have the onions to come out and say your officials did a poor job, because everyone that watched on TSN and was in the stadium on Saturday afternoon sure knows that their job was far less from adequate.
The rough play call on John Chick was one of the worst calls I have ever seen, but it just added to a group of terrible calls all afternoon long both on Calgary and Saskatchewan. How can you justify the penalty on Chick when it was clear that Henry Burris was still trying to make a play. I understand you have to protect the quarterbacks, but if that is the case, your referee should have blown the whistle when he fell for the first time. You add that to a missed face mask on Andy Fantuz earlier in the game and an obvious fumble by Steven Jyles that your six blind mice couldn't see and it proves that the men you are responsible for are simply not good enough.
Perhaps if your officials would have called Henry Burris in the grasp a few times as he was instead of letting the play go on, this would not have happened, but once again the fact that your guys seemingly don't know the rules comes into play.
As you know the CFL is a great product and one that has fans sitting on the edge of their seats week after week watching exciting game after exciting game. Sadly, the efforts of the officials only hurt the league's credibility. Your credibility is also shot when you try and defend these officials for the calls they make or don't make. It is inexcusable.
You need to come out and sanction Mr. Murphy and his crew for the pathetic job they did in this game and tell them that they can take a couple of weeks off. They can use that time to brush up on the rulebook. They can also learn that its OK to throw a flag for taunting which is something I think Nik Lewis does every time he catches the football and stands there and howls. Is that not taunting the opposition? It is in my books.
What transpired on the MacMahon Stadium turf Saturday was a classic. There might not have been a better game in this league in years. In fact, one person has already said that game was better than the 1989 Grey Cup which was arguably one of the best games in the history of football period. Its too bad the effort of both teams is tainted by talk of the shoddy officiating that Mr. Murphy and his crew put forth Saturday.