Sunday, July 4, 2010

Video Refs - A Waste Of Time And Space

Watching the Roosters vs Raiders yesterday, a possible Raiders try went up to the video ref. The commentary went something like this:

Andy Raymond: No try, knock-on.
Gary Belcher: No try, knock-on. And I used to play for the Raiders...
Captain Carnage: No try, knock-on, stop looking at that fucking replay asshole, it's no fucking try!
My old man: No try, it hit the Raiders players' arm and went forward.
My missus: It went forward off the green player, what does that mean?
My blind, one-eyed dog, if he could talk: No try!

Video ref/retired on-field ref Steven Clark: Try.

And this happens probably 6 or 7 times a week. I don't know why we have them. They all have different interpretations of the rules of the game, often wild and mind-boggling. I honestly don't think they've made that much difference in determining whether tries have been scored correctly, and I would rather just go back to the on-field ref making an educated guess. It would be far less frustrating than a retired on-field ref, possibly guzzling Scotch from a hip flask, in a corporate box that could be used more wisely, making commentators, fans, players and coaches alike, ridiculously confused and downright fucking angry. None of us can understand how if you have the luxury of a hundred replays, you can still get it wrong. They are a waste of time, a waste of space, and a waste of NRL funds.

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