Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Alouettes Protest--It Can't Happen

I don't think there is any doubt the Montreal Alouettes got screwed in Vancouver last week. They scored a touchdown to tie the football game only to have the play taken away because of a "clock" issue. The Alouettes are protesting the end result to the CFL and I applaud them for doing so. However, the CFL can't side with the Alouettes.
I am by no means siding with the Lions on this issue, but if the CFL calls for the end of the game to be replayed, it will be a black mark on the league. I don't care what league it is, you just can't have a do-over. It hurts the league's credibility and the league's reputation. Yes, the league is already taking a hit by having this unfortunate situation hovering above their head, but I think they would make it worse by allowing the Alouettes protest to stand. It would set a very ugly precedent.
The game is over. It didn't end the way the league, the Alouettes and dare I say it the Lions wanted it to, but its happened. Its history now and you can't change history no matter how hard you try.


Anonymous said...

What are they do to then? Why even have the protest option there if you cant fix what has been wronged?


Anonymous said...

As much as I want to disagree on you this, you are right. The CFL is still seen by some as a 2nd rate league and this would just add fuel to that fire. There are "controversial" endings in baseball, hockey, football all the time but in the end the result always stays the same.
Credit the Alouettes for challenging the result and doing what the rulebook says they can, but in the end the CFL can't allow it.