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Mike's Minute

By Mike Aldridge

Using replay in sports to verify a call is a hot subject with many pros and cons including what to do if a mistake is found.  
The biggest issue in all sports that have replay is the time it takes to view the film and either verify or correct the call.  
Hockey, believe it or not, has the best system and the fastest.  
Hockey has an independent person or persons in a film room somewhere in Canada with all games being played on video screens around the room.
When the officials in the room are notified of a replay, they watch and call back immediately to satisfy the situation, however, it need be.  
This takes the ownership of the call off the field and out of the decision.  
This problem came to play a week or so ago when Oakland’s A’s had a game taken from them when, despite clear visual proof on film that a ball was a home run, the umpire who called the hit to not be a home run would not change his call.  
Angel Hernandez was the umpire and he is an example of why having the people who made the call independently view the film will not work.  
This guy a few years ago threw the broadcaster out of the game when he loudly criticized him during a game.  
A guy who cannot make a mistake is not the one to look at film to see if one has been made.  
Football has a better system with a “booth official,” but it is slow and sometimes ruled questionably.  
The football system also has the referee with his head stuck in a camera viewing and having input so if he is Angel Hernandez like the ruling still may not be impartial.  
This may be one time that professional hockey has it right on how to administer the replay booth.  
What to replay is also a concern and this gets into basketball.  
I think in most cases, putting time back on a clock is foolish.  
There should be time allowed for human reaction to stop the clock so putting time back on the clock should not be necessary.  
If an arena or university gym has a proven record of mismanaging the clock, then replace the operator.  
A couple of guys losing their gravy job of keeping the clock at a major university because of obvious “home team advantage” would send a message to the rest of the clock operators and the problem would be over.
I really don’t like replay at all because of the difficulty of deciding what to replay and what not to replay.  
Only doing replays at the end of games is wrong because games are many times decided earlier so that is inconsistent and not serving the purpose that replay is supposed to serve.  
I believe that replay should be abolished and let humans decide the best that they can.  After all, the umpires, officials, referees make fewer mistakes than the coaches, players and fans, so if all can’t be corrected then let’s not bother with any of it.  
Besides, as long as Angel Hernandez and the like are calling the games, it is a waste of time anyway.