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One of these days

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By Claude Lewis

One of these days, I'm going to write something nice about football officials.

Sorry, this isn't that day.

Watching the NFL game between the Jaguars and Titans on Sunday, I clearly saw Maurice Jones-Drew scamper into the end zone on a run.

Incredibly, the refs on the field wanted to spot the ball on the 1.

The replay clearly showed the score, so Jags coach Jack DelRio challenged.

Even more incredibly, the call on the field was upheld.

Which brings me to another point.

Why does the NFL employ replay officials in every stadium, anyway?

The league could save a ton of money by having one national replay center ala the NHL.

In these tough times, everyone wants to save money, right? To waste money is irresponsible management.

Here's the plan - have a few replay officials in just one site - for example Washington - looking at all the challenges.

The NHL does this with officials stationed in Toronto. All replays go through them. It seems to work pretty well.

It would save the NFL dozens of paychecks handed out to guys who can't seem to get it right, anyhow.


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