You can take a turnip around the world , doesnt make it an expert in geography !
Stated the late great Hugh McIlvaney to none other than Bill Shankly during a “ debate “ after Shanks had dared to question the great mans knowledge of the game having never played it .
I think its a beautiful put down . I have heard of an Italian manager who never played responding to journalists “ I never knew I had to be a horse in order to be a jockey ” and that also nails it for me anyway .
I am a bit young to really appreciate Hughs’ work as it came out however the pieces posted since his passing have really opened my eyes to just what quality journalism was / is . Oh how far that bar has lowered .
Some great chat on the great man in the first 10 minutes of this ,,,
I recently opined that Hearts and the Dons offer to fund Var was a sneaky wee attempt to nullify the masons in black without bringing the heat of the clan down . Shrewd I thought .
It was pointed out to me in the comments that the system is open to abuse ,, either through non referral ,, or the video viewer being biased ( conscious or not ).
These comments opened my eyes to be honest as “ any given Sunday “ I can see video replays / the Var system being used to maximum effect if I chose to watch an NFL game .
They have it down to a tee ,, its eye opening ,, and a huge part of the game is waiting on the confirmation of the video ref on something that isnt clear cut.
I had this in mind writing that article , thinking its a winner whats the problem ?
Karma gave me a good tickle though .
Incase you dont know its Superbowl week which , like Vegas , must be seen to be believed . However a huge slice of the build up has been stolen by an extremely controversial referee non call . One of the NFL playoff games was subject to a had to see it to believe it no foul decision which essentially made a team miss going to Superbowl .
As a semi ignorant relative newcomer to the sport even I seen the mega mistake that had been made .
The NFL has a total of seven officials on the field of play , plus numerous camera angles that can come into play in the event of a challenge , a possible foul , and touchdowns are automatically okayed by cameras just incase as a matter of protocol .
Despite all this , they effed up . Big Time .
The coach who’s team was on the receiving end of the horrendous call , immediately phoned the National Football League’s office ( despite the late Sunday evening time it was manned by high ranking officials ) and was immediately told “ They blew it ! “
Theres nada to be done now though , and as there were several officials we arent gonna see one man scapegoated . In effect its over and the league admits fault and said sorry .
Here we have the genuine ( it really does seem that way ) mistake of a human .
“ To err is to be human “ is an old but true saying , evidenced again .
Some of the comments below that article of never watching another game made me laugh , as it wasnt prejudice or anything , just a mistake .
“ These refs needs to be fined for missed calls or bad calls and maybe all these calls by the refs will stop and make the games fair and not having to play the other team and the refs. Fine them and let’s see what happens “
“ I for one will not be watching football again it is all fixed Las Vegas controls all games “
“ The referees need to lose their careers over this one. How can the fans maintain confidence in such a incompetent product? Was it rigged or a mistake? Fining and firing the refs is the only way to make it right. Saying that changes will be made moving forward is meaningless. The 2019 Superbowl is now a joke. An illigitimate team has been allowed to move on. That’s not something that can be fixed. “
Now thats over human error , if that lot seen what weve got going on the game would be halted and reformed !
And then the FA cup , that famous old darling of the football world , seen its own Var controversy when some grounds had it and some grounds didnt , and one that didnt got a goal that Var should have ruled out , and thus an upset occured on one side and on the other a fella is under more pressure because of luck ( or unluckyness ) of the draw in essence .
His manager was even yelling at the technician to stop showing the controversial replay ffs
Just goes to show you that the grass isnt always greener on the other side of the fence .
Human error , never mind bias , can be more than enough to eff up important games.
Lesson learned for this young one.
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