Sanchez and Flacco bore us on Sunday night, but they were at least better than all the stops for reviews.
Much of the East Coast tapped out on Sunday night before the final whistle between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens, and the lull of Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez missing target after target isn’t what did them in, either.
After the season-threatening lockout this summer, the NFL initiated many rule changes, including one that mandated reviews on every scoring play. Thus, NFL games, especially the 34-17 Ravens’ victory on Sunday night, are tending to last longer. And not elongated with bone-rattling hits and dazzling juke-moves, but with officials under the hood and players standing, watching replay boards to see if the ball crossed the goal line before Ray Rice’s knee was down.
Reviews on plays at first probably would have given Galarraga a no-hitter, but it would take fans away from baseball
Obviously, with no disrespect intended towards America’s Pastime, the NFL is much more exciting than the 162-game MLB season. And, with recent incidents such as Jim Joyce’s blown call that took a no-hitter away from Armando Galarraga, fans of baseball are calling for rule changes that will make instant replays an integral part of the game.
Currently, umpires are allowed to review homeruns to determine if they were fair or foul, actually left the playing field, and if they were subjected to fan interference.
Many want these replay rules expanded to include safe/out calls at all bases, fan interference on foul balls (Bartman-esque plays), fair/foul calls, and hit by pitches.
Those against the expansion of the rule argue that, not only will it remove human-error, which has remained a part of baseball since its inception, from the game, but will also drag-out the games, something that is already an issue for baseball.
More standing around is not what baseball needs in order to bring back its status as America’s favorite sport.
Learn from Sunday night, baseball, don’t replay everything.