Perhaps because I live on the East Coast, I fell asleep and missed nearly all of the Monday Night Football game. Just prior to game time, I checked who was playing, said a silent prayer for the “Detroi Lions” to come out on top, and closed my eyes. It wasn’t that I had any real stake in the game, but I have friends in Detroit.  Plus after having visited Detroit and seeing the allegiance the fans have to their teams, I have a desire to see the teams do well. I knew it was a long shot. After all Detroit heading into Seattle is not exactly a recipe for success, but there’s always a chance.
Perhaps it’s because he has a sports talk radio program or maybe it’s because he lives on the West coast, but as luck would have it, my brother happened to watch the entire Monday Night Football game. Coincidently, I woke up just as the game ended, and happened to see my phone light up.
“What’s up? he said, “Did you watch the game?” My response, “Why, what happened.” After expressing surprise that I had not stayed up to catch the entire game [some of us live on the East coast!] he proceeded to tell me about the Monday night fiasco. “Unbelievable, the Lions got screwed again!” he said. As I listened to him describe the way the Seahawks illegally batted the ball out of the end zone, I was once again amazed at how much my brother knows about sports. “It’s illegal, what if that was the Superbowl?” he said. As my brother continued to describe what happened which happened to be a “game changer” that would cause Detroit to lose the game, I glanced at Twitter. There is was. A thread so vivid that was continuing to grow. Apparently by now the NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino was there confirming all my brother said. Not just my brother, but all of the rest of the sports professionals, as well as the fans, who seem to know more about the rules than those calling the plays.
So what’s the solution? According to my brother, Ken Thomson, the host of Yahoo! Sports, SportSXRadio, there ought to be someone ruling on the plays who can make a ruling. Ken said that the NHL has it right in this regard, and even went so far as to suggest the MLB is wrong when they limit the number of challenges.
It’s so crazy how technology can now play such an instrumental role in the world of sports. What’s right? Getting back to Ken’s comment, “What if this were the Superbowl?” One has to wonder is there an insurance product for this sort of thing? SXMPhoto