Guest commentary: NBA official review error is a reminder of questionable BYU game play reviews

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  • phantomblade Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 29, 2014 8:43 p.m.


    "blatant dishonesty" is trying to blame BYU for an officiating gaffe that BYU had absolutely nothing to do with.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    The DesNews publishes "Only myopic and small-minded people could go to that extent" in describing specific people who somehow faulted BYU for the SDSU officiating debacle, yet they deny as 'personal attack' any comments pointing out the exact same thing on the exact same game about Ute commenters, who years later still refer to that officiating gaffe as something BYU was responsible for.


  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    April 29, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    ...follow up to previous post...

    I believe it should be allowed to review any obvious infractions on the actual play that is being reviewed. For example, if there is a fumble and the ball carrier had his face mask held, that should be reviewable. On the flip side, if there is a review called for and there was a holding call missed on the other side of the field on the same play, that should not be reviewable. In the SDSU example, the resulting review should be a BYU 1st down with a 15 yard penalty on SDSU. No fumble as the facemask penalty negates it.

  • Tajemnica West Valley, Utah
    April 29, 2014 11:37 a.m.


    I agree with your second comment that says there needs to be limits on how reviews are used but disagree with the first when you state, "...that's just human error." It isn't human error when the play is reviewed and the call is still incorrect. That's blatant dishonesty. In the case of the SDSU vs. BYU game based on current replay rules, the facemask should not be overturned as it is deemed not 'reviewable.' In this case SDSU should have the ball. However I do believe they need to tweak the rules to where if there is an infraction evidant on the reviewed play that should be taken into consideration as well. But it should only be allowed if a team calls for a review on a play so as not to go overboard with reviewing every play. Otherwise we might as well go back to no video reviews at all or just reviewing scoring plays. Sure we'd be back to 'human error' but its better than reviewing a play and still getting it wrong. Human error has been a part of sports for over 100 years. I think its time we go back to that.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 29, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Ken Driggs,
    How would you have them "fix it"? You want them to call every infraction that is evident in every review. That in it's self would be agonizing, and where would it end. Would you have them stop the game after every play and rerun it in slow motion to check for infractions?

    There has to be limits on how reviews are used.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    April 29, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    "Only in America could you have an obvious infraction ignored..."

    What is this supposed to mean?? People say stuff like this all the time.. Only in Utah, only in America, only in this school or this church or whatever to put something down to get a laugh. At least our major sports aren't completely governed by drug lords and bookies.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    April 29, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    "the PAC 12 is infamous for poor officiating that always seems to favor PAC 12 teams - see ASU versus Wisconsin 2013."

    PAC 12 officials are terrible. I was at that ASU vs. Wisconsin game. In addition to the botched ending, the PAC 12 officials also botched the pass by Wisconsin (two or three plays prior) when the receiver caught the ball and stepped out of bounds. The Officials didn't call him out of bounds and the receiver ran for more than 20 additional yards.

    See Utah fans, I can admit that ASU was the benefactor of these terrible officials. I haven't seen Utah fans admit that the exact same officiating crew botched several calls in the BYU vs Utah game. I'm not crying about the outcome, Utah won and BYU lost, but there were several blown calls in Utah's favor in that game too. Coincidence? I think not. I just benefited from it on one game, and didn't benefit in another. Oh well, new season.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 29, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    It's been known for years that the refs conspire against byu. Sometimes they make mistakes in games not involving byu, but that's just human error.

  • trueblueBYU Provo, UT
    April 28, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    This comment must be a joke; right? I've read you tirades against BYU for years, but really?

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    April 28, 2014 10:22 p.m.


    Give it a rest; the PAC 12 is infamous for poor officiating that always seems to favor PAC 12 teams - see ASU versus Wisconsin 2013.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    April 28, 2014 10:11 p.m.

    Thanks for the interesting article.