Bad officiating is just part of the game

Jordan Latimore, Sports Columnist

Sometimes, living with our mistakes is just part of the game.
The 2019 NFC championship game ended with what some viewers claimed was an obvious pass interference penalty, but no flag was thrown, prevented the Saints from claiming a victory over the Rams in the final minutes of the game.
This non-call led many people to voice their concerns over how to prevent this kind of officiating blunder from happening again. Ideas range from the unrealistic side such as a demand for a rematch between the Saints and Rams, or fans trying to sue the NFL for emotional pain and suffering, to the more practical suggestions, like making pass interference calls reviewable.
The NFL traditionally doesn’t make good choices when faced with emotional backlash from fans. Whenever there is public outrage because of a small problem, the league owners fix it with a radical solution as opposed to a slight compromise — the recently implemented body weight roughing the passer rule a primary example.
The only reason a potential reviewable PI rule is even relevant, is that one team feels one bad call is the reason they lost. In the NFC championship game, the Saints had another possession in overtime and they blew it with a Drew Brees interception — end of story. But now, because of hard feelings issuing from the Saints’ camp, the NFL is feeling pressure to implement a rule that doesn’t make sense for a variety of reasons:
The last thing a sport that already fills up three hour time slot on TV needs is more time to review plays or penalties. Allowing coaches to challenge a penalty that is in itself is subjective, will ultimately turn football into a sloth fest of play reviews, which is something no viewer wants.
Another negative impact of this rule is the impact it will have on the future of officiating. Penalties are not reviewable under any circumstances in the NFL, but that could all change by making pass interference reviewable. Once it’s decided to make this penalty reviewable, what’s stopping other penalties such as roughing the passer, holding, and offsides from eventually becoming deemed as reviewable? The NFL would lose its value of entertainment and become an officiating show instead of a football competition.
I get it — everyone just wants to get the right call. But we have to understand that these refs are normal people and getting calls wrong is part of the sport. Trapping the game in a box of officiating and replay is radical solution that would just leave us with more problems.

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