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June 10, 2007
Everybody has a gripe

Question: Hey, Matt, If you recall last year, the refs took two games away from the Niners - the Eagles game and one of the Rams games - with a series of extremely bad calls. Have you heard if the NFL front office has done anything to address poor flag throwing? I do not want to see a repeat this year with the playoffs in the picture, and actually had it not been for those egregious calls the team would have made the playoffs last year. Oh, well. Go NINERS!

Ricky, Bedford, Va.

Answer: Well, I'm sure every fan in the country has a short list of examples of how the refs ripped off their team. My beef is that we have this absolutely tedious replay system, which slows the game and breaks up the flow, and yet blown calls are still commonplace. I am very much anti-instant replay. In my opinion, human error is part of the game - by coaches, by players and by refs. Instant replay isn't eliminating those errors, so why have it?

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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