Originally Posted by Fourputt Nor do I know what holding or pass interference is.
You see one mugging and the refs are standing around twiddling their thumbs, then a couple of series later, a receiver trips over his own feet and they call a 40 yard penalty.
The same sort of inconsistency applies to holding calls too. And I can't tell you how many times the camera has caught a facemask foul which the refs missed.
They really need a full time overseer behind a TV screen who can call down on the "non-reviewable" penalties, or correct the calls where no penalty actually occurred. Not an additional "review" booth, but one that works in real time and can be called down to stop play only on catching a mistake, as if there was another ref on the field.
I know from that other thread that you're not a basketball fan, but it's a lot like the charge/block call in basketball. It's almost impossible to call in real time, they're not allowed to review it, and the modern interpretation is a bit at odds with the original rule.
(At least IMO. If I were to be made NBA Rulemaker for a day, I would get rid of the rule interpretation that allows a defender to slide under an offensive player who is driving to the basket just for the purpose of getting hit in the chest and falling backwards to pick up a bogus charge.)
Personally, I advocate for the same thing in baseball as football and basketball: there should be an additional ref/umpire in the booth with the ability to quickly see a replay and relay a ruling to the field who has the authority to make calls. Tougher calls could be sent to the on-field refs to decide, but quick ones should be able to be made from the booth.