Re: Refs out of control, possible solutions
posted at 12/23/2013 9:26 PM EST
In response to Paul_K's comment:
The book "Personal Foul" claims that basketball refs have, as a group, grudges against certain players that they want to ruin, against certain teams, and sometimes they're bought. I can see all of this happening on the football field also.
Tom Brady is pretty good at getting the pressure applied to the refs when appropriate so that groups of refs become afraid of getting caught throwing games.
As a rule, it's safer throwing games in favor of the home crowd.
One solution is to have a quick feedback system where refs get scored on Monday and Tuesday. If the refs seem to be consistently messing up in favor of one team or the other they get black marks on their record. The old Black Sox scandal was unearthed by reporters keeping track of unforced fielding errors. The product on the field looked terribly fake, and it was. Unfortunately the owners went on to bust at least one wrong guy.
The most effective way to point-shave a game is by calling pass interference tight against one team and easy against the other team. All cornerbacks and receivers have learned that a little hand-fighting will be tolerated, and sometimes a lot will be tolerated when the game is on the line. It depends on the ref. Those long-distance bombs to the end zone are the places where one call changes the game mightily, and everyone does a bit of hand fighting, so it's dead simple to toss one or two 40 yard pass interference flags on third down for one team and not for the other team.
All of the spearing and diving for the knees will end when teams have to give draft choices as atonement for the cheap shots. "You break it you pay for it."
I also see the pass intererence as well as 5 yard penalties that have automatic first downs being the two most impactful penalties when point shaving. I suggested some solutions in the top post and I appreciate the feedback as this is my line of thinking as well. It is clear that there is an increased amount of corruption in the officiating of the game on a wide scale. To minimize this we must minimize the severity of penalties that the refs can enact.
I did not suggest this above, but I also feel that if there is a pass interference call in the end zone a team should only be on the 1 yard line if the team was already in the red zone. If they are outside the red zone is should be at least the 5 yard line or the extra point line. The 1 yard line is almost an automatic touch down and can sway the game like no other call.