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Calls in Dispute — Part XIX
The touchdown that wasn't

Other parts in this series:
  Calls in Dispute — Part I — Dallas feels "super" slighted
  Calls in Dispute — Part II — What Swearingen et. al. had to say
  Calls in Dispute — Part III — Bad timing made it sleepless in Seattle
  Calls in Dispute — Part IV — The "Brown" bottle flu.
  Calls in Dispute — Part V — Fifth and goal for the title
  Calls in Dispute — Part VI — My own personal controversy
  Calls in Dispute — Part VII — A day when "Happy Valley" wasn't so cheery
  Calls in Dispute — Part VIII — The "Immaculate Confusion" and resolution
  Calls in Dispute — Part IX — Ramming their way to the top
  Calls in Dispute — Part X — Controversy in Georgia
  Calls in Dispute — Part XI — Fiesta controversy
  Calls in Dispute — Part XII — Championship suspension
  Calls in Dispute — Part XIII — SEC suspension: conclusion
  Calls in Dispute — Part XIV — Joe Pa comes up short again
  Calls in Dispute — Part XV — Easier by the dozen
  Calls in Dispute — Part XVI — The "lost down" debate
  Calls in Dispute — Part XVII — Mack, don't flinch an inch
  Calls in Dispute — Part XVIII — The "inadvertent" fumble
  Calls in Dispute — Part XIX — The touchdown that wasn't
  Calls in Dispute — Part XX — We see it, but is it a catch?

We as officials are taught to process what is occurring on the field before reacting to it. The basic premise is "take your time and get it right."

 The simplest things can help you do that, such as putting your flag on your waistband across from the more dominant hand, so as to make you take an extra second to reach across the front of your body to grab it. That delay should be subtle and momentary, and yet it could lead to a decisive — and correct — ruling.

Is there a time limit? This period of acceptablity will change somewhat based on a barrage of variables such as the circumstances, judgment versus gross violation, and coaches, to name just three.

Replay can cloud a call

How many times while watching an NFL game on TV do we see a play at regular speed that looks like the official got it right, only to see it slowed down and have questions arise about the call? Instant replay can make an official look like a brain surgeon one moment and a moron the next.


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