On Wednesday, the always engaging CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie took questions from the fans.
The first question was about officiating. Consider this a pre-emptive strike against a tired — and, quite frankly, incorrect — Canadian misconception that CFL officials are inferior to NFL officials.
Last Sunday, during the Packers/Cowboys game, Green Bay linebacker Blake Martinez was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty that on-air analysts and rules experts couldn’t explain.
Replays showed there was limited, if any, contact as Martinez went for a loose ball intended for Dallas receiver Dez Bryant. The call gave the Cowboys a first down, and an eventual touchdown.
The truth of the matter is officials on both sides of the border are very talented and take pride in their work.
The truth of the matter is officials in both leagues make mistakes.
The opinion from some Canadians that NFL officials are superior to CFL officials doesn’t hold, yet for some reason this debate of perceived inferiority lives on.