Just yell, baby.

This is one of those things that is both entirely expected and yet entirely disappointing at the same time:  “But as it turns out, a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular.”

Then again, that’s the NFL.  We all know that the SEC has long stood for the proposition that its officiating staffs are the most professional in the biz.  No worries, road teams!

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7 responses to “Just yell, baby.

  1. Spike

    RE: SEC Refs.. two words… Penn Wagers.

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  2. Macallanlover

    Take officiating duties away from conferences, standardize training, and pass the hat. If we can pay strength coaches over a half a million dollars and build palaces for the staff and dozens of consultants to hang out in, we can provide more pay and travel expenses to get better officiating.

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    • Uglydawg

      It could certainly improve, but how do you keep the replacement refs from being swayed by sideline pressure? Isn’t the point being made that even in the NFL, sideline pressure is too intense to withstand?
      And also home-field fan/crowd pressure. I once did a study on NCAA Basketball and found that almost without exception, that the home team drew less fouls than the visitors. Human nature is a tough nut to crack.

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  3. Macallanlover

    True, I was dealing with competency of officials with the thought they would be less influenced. To answer your question, only a strong accountability for those who make the right/wrong calls, and lesser assignments for those who cannot avoid the pressures of the job. Not being from the same geography will help some. Or use the baseball approach where they do not tolerate continual complaints from the dugout, or on the field. Toss them, and players for lobbying continually. Receivers protest every single incomplete pass, it seems, I don’t recall that in years past. Same goes for the sideline. If you don’t flag them, it won’t get better.

    Put old people as the refs nearest the bench, we don’t put up with crap any more, and we certainly know about keeping people off our grass!

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    • Uglydawg

      Good answers. Esp the baseball model where you just don’t put up with it. But I’d be the first one tossed (were I on the sideline).

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  4. Biggus Rickus

    This is why I’m always baffled by people who think any automation in officiating is a bad thing because it would remove the human element. The human element sucks. I long for the day when robots can do the job.

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  5. If memory serves me correctly, I think Spurrier was the first coach I remember at the SEC level, that really worked the refs.
    As a long time NBA ticket holder, when the Sonics were in Seattle, working the refs was a fine art.
    Just watch some basketball in the SEC and see the advantage the home team gets.
    National refs, trained by a national organization would suit me. I think that would help the competency and alleviate some bias. Maybe?

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