The CFL got one thing right last week when it took away the first ‘free’ coach’s challenge, tagging a team with a lost time out if they lose that first challenge. Yesterday’s Stamps-Ti Cats game pointed out another glaring problem with the system that needs to be addressed.
Twice, drive snuffing plays were overturned when Hamilton successfully challenged illegal contact on a receiver and won. One of those plays would have been a dramatic game-ending pick 6 by Tommie Campbell when he first ran the width of the field, then ran the length of it after picking off Zach Collaros in the end zone late int he 4th. Just the kind of highlight reel play the CFL prides itself on.
I support instant replay. It makes sure the most egregious on field screw ups can be overturned. But it’s gotten waaaaay to big. Illegal contact is the judgiest of judgement calls, and way to easy for a receiver to draw with a bump and a stage stumble.
Solution? leave pass interference as a reviewable call. Take illegal contact out. That’d be one less hair to split.