Technology can't alter NFL referees' scrutiny

As reports from the AP, the officials huddled to sort out the close call, so the TV broadcast showed the clip over and over, the announcers declaring a definite touchdown.

Standard fare today—but not so 35 years ago. Mike Renfro, whose lunging catch in the back of the end zone was eventually ruled incomplete, suspects that’s why so many fans remember—and rue—the play from the 1979 AFC championship game.

Viewers across America took in that moment and fumed, “It’s clear here in my den,” Renfro says.

Now fans think that at least a few times per game. Other sports joined the NFL in instituting video reviews, and viewers at home can follow along as their own replay officials.

They can watch more and better camera angles in high-definition super slow motion. Rewind the play on their DVRs. Instantly look up analysis and images on social media. Rehash the decision on 24/7 sports television.


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