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June 20, 2007
Replay needs a revamp

Question: I saw your blog on instant replay. Why doesn't the league put an additional ref in the booth to catch bad calls? Why can't the booth overrule a call if they have video evidence of the error? To have the head referee trot over to a monitor to check an error wastes too much time. Having a person in the booth with authority would speed up the game and eliminate errors.

Scott, Elk Grove

Answer: I like that idea. Have a God-like figure in the booth to catch bad calls. I don't know about you guys, but I can usually tell immediately whether a call is good or not. Someone who has access to all sorts of replay angles should be able to do it just as quickly. Or at least more quickly than the tedious refs on the field.

- 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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