Posted on: March 2, 2008 11:41 am

Referees need TIVO

I'm not sure of anyone else has noticed the fan's curse of TIVO (DVR).  After every close play, call or foul we get the instant gratification of being able to review the play frame by frame to see what really happened. 

Be sure, I love TIVO.  I just hate the fact that it exposes so many poor calls by those that officiate.  Poor calls at TIVO speed.  Maybe, no one would have made a different conclusion at real speed; but that's they life they live.

On the other side of the coin, I have been a fan that thinks on initial view that someone was fouled, booing with the fans in the box, only to find out upon closer TIVO inspection that the ref got it right - all ball.

In any case, one of the more infuriating calls, or non-calls, as it should be termed, is traveling in basketball.  WOW.  Closely watch any game and you will find 6-12 violations; especially when someone is driving to the basket.  You can regularly find 3 steps (no jump steps counted), but almost once in every other game, you'll find the four-step clover.  Just yesterday, I saw 2 four-step travels in one game - one on a breakaway lay up - in plain view.  Neither was called.  What is traveling - a casual call the ref makes when ever they see fit.

What are your thoughts loyal fans?  TIVO is good overall, but maybe we see too much?


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