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Worst officiated league in pro sports?

View Poll Results: Who has the worst officiating?
MLB 1 1.00%
NBA 17 17.00%
NFL 3 3.00%
NHL 59 59.00%
WWE 17 17.00%
Other 3 3.00%
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05-04-2008, 03:10 PM
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I'm not sure what's supposed to be wrong with this picture.

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05-04-2008, 03:55 PM
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I'm not sure what's supposed to be wrong with this picture.
JUST A CLUE: it is about captain obvious

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05-05-2008, 12:49 AM
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WWE is not a sport. So, the NHL by FAR!

Bush league officiating for such a beautiful sport is a crying shame.

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05-05-2008, 01:08 AM
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JUST A CLUE: it is about captain obvious
Yes but in that case, its Marketing my friend.

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05-05-2008, 01:10 AM
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I don't dispute it being the most difficult to officiate however no matter what anyone says, they will let go plenty of calls for 18 minutes and then decide to make a call on a similar play with 2 minutes to go and this is what makes the league look the worst.

there is not many leagues that do this on a frequent basis like the NHL.

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05-05-2008, 01:52 AM
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The NHL is also by far the hardest league to referee in, so give some of these guys credit.
It might be the hardest, but quite obviously the current setup is not effective. It's the NHL's fault for not making radical changes, IMO. I could, say, try to move a truck by swinging at it with a PVC pipe, and you couldn't blame me for it not working, but you'd be very much justified in calling me stupid/ineffective if I kept on trying that method for years on end.

A long time ago (might not have been this year), I made a thread about what could possibly work - but it was just after a Habs loss where they got screwed (it was what got me thinking after all) so it got shut down.

I was mad because I had actually put lots of thought into it (and it is still to this day the only thread I've started here, I believe). I don't really remember most of what I said, but I think a key idea was that a system with one ref on the ice and one ref off the ice would have lots more potential (the off-ice ref could be in communication with the on-ice ref, who'd relay his calls on top of making his own).

So I guess my point is, NHL's officiating sucks, and I don't see them trying properly to fix it.

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05-05-2008, 02:14 AM
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It might be the hardest, but quite obviously the current setup is not effective. It's the NHL's fault for not making radical changes, IMO. I could, say, try to move a truck by swinging at it with a PVC pipe, and you couldn't blame me for it not working, but you'd be very much justified in calling me stupid/ineffective if I kept on trying that method for years on end.

A long time ago (might not have been this year), I made a thread about what could possibly work - but it was just after a Habs loss where they got screwed (it was what got me thinking after all) so it got shut down.

I was mad because I had actually put lots of thought into it (and it is still to this day the only thread I've started here, I believe). I don't really remember most of what I said, but I think a key idea was that a system with one ref on the ice and one ref off the ice would have lots more potential (the off-ice ref could be in communication with the on-ice ref, who'd relay his calls on top of making his own).

So I guess my point is, NHL's officiating sucks, and I don't see them trying properly to fix it.
The problem is that the talent hasn't caught up to the two ref system.... we basically doubled the number of refs. This is the same as expanding the league by twice as many teams....

We need to have patience... eventually it'll catch up to the need.

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05-05-2008, 10:24 AM
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The NHL. They never call diving.

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05-05-2008, 10:50 AM
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I just don't understand why there isn't a video Ref that can call any violent penalty he sees. This way, you get rid of all dirty plays because the video ref can call the penalty even if it is missed. No more elbows, crosschecks or knees behind the referees back. Let the referees concentrate on the hooking, interference and holding calls. If the NHL was serious about eradicating violence and dirty shots, that's what it would do. And, no, it wouldn't slow down the game, as you would see less and less of those "Behind the refs back" dirty shots.

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05-05-2008, 11:03 AM
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Yes but in that case, its Marketing my friend.
I find the marketing about how 36 cans is 50% more fine. Then explaining that it is 50% more than the 24 can pack is pretty hilarious; what else could it be 50% more than? 20? 18?

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I say it's the NHL by a mile, primarily because of the hockey culture whereby a penality in the first 5 minutes is not one in the 3rd period. A regular season penality is not one in the playoffs and so on. I think the primary blame is not the officials but the league itself...they should have consistant calls throughout the games like the NBA or NFL or MLB. In the NFL or NBA if you foul someone in the final minutes it's still a foul and it's part of the culture of the game...in the NHL there is a no hold barred mentality late in games, that's why games can last 4-5 OT's, the ice gets bad and the defending team can do whatever is necessary to prevent a goal.

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05-05-2008, 11:49 AM
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The CFL has the worst refereeing out there.

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05-05-2008, 12:03 PM
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OK any pole with the WWE in it is a joke....

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CFL has the very, very worst officiating in pro sports, by a mile.

btw CFL refs have it MUCH harder than hockey refs..... but geez are they out to lunch from game 1 to the GC.

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The problem is that the talent hasn't caught up to the two ref system.... we basically doubled the number of refs. This is the same as expanding the league by twice as many teams....

We need to have patience... eventually it'll catch up to the need.
I disagree. The problem wouldn't be so widespread, I think, if at least half the refs were fine.

A major problem is that refs don't call every infraction they see - even when they see it, they also decide whether they're going to call it. This is the biggest problem with the league, and has little to do with how hard the officiating is. It's a hardwired habit handed down to the new refs by the veterans. I don't think we can break that without a major overhaul to go with it.

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I find the marketing about how 36 cans is 50% more fine. Then explaining that it is 50% more than the 24 can pack is pretty hilarious; what else could it be 50% more than? 20? 18?
Because the standard size is 24. You go from 24 to 36 you say 50% more. As someone said...marketing.

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05-05-2008, 08:12 PM
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The NHL. They never call diving.
NHL, they never call Bruining...

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Although you could call the CFL a professionnal league, the officiating in that league is anything but.

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Hockey reffing is probably the hardest of all the sports as well.

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