I'm bracing myself for one of these stupid rulings to kill the Vikes tomorrow.
I'm hoping the NFL addresses this mess in the offseason.it could happen, the NFL hates it when the post-Sunday conversation is dominated by officiating controversies, and that happened a lot this year.
I think there 2 main problems with the Catch Rule.
First of all, it's unnecessarily complex.As this piece points point out, while the rule defining a catch at the high school level is 51 words, the version in the NFL's rule book "contains 649 words with three lettered subsections, six numbered items, and two notes".
It's silly. They added some things a while ago in an attempt to alleviate confusion, but those additions only added confusion.Then,in their typical arrogant fashion, instead of removing the confusing additions, they kept doubling down, and tried to clarify and justify them with even more additions, thus the mess we have today.
They finally got it of the impossibly stupid Tuck Rule after years of defending it, so hopefully they see the light here.
The other problem is the overuse of replay.It's now taken to CSI levels where plays are reversed due to movements that could never be detected in real time.Replay was supposed to be limited to overturning obvious mistakes like when a receiver clearly landed out of bounds.It was not meant to be used to make fans wait 10 minutes while every touchdown catch is reviewed in slow motion from every possible angle so there could be the opportunity for a hypertechnical analysis of whether the receiver met every single one of a list of requirements.
Replay should be limited to objective determinations - in or out of bounds, did the ball hit the ground before it was caught - things like that. And if you can't tell within a minute or two of review if the call on the field as wrong - it stands.
Maybe the results would be less consistent, but right now, they are consistently stupid, and they suck all the fun and flow out of games.