“He blew the call!”

Football season will end soon. Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 3. This will come as a relief to some, disappointment to others and a painful reminder of loss to thousands of loyal fans whose teams won’t be playing.

To get a feel for the importance of this in our lives, we need only to read the daily newspapers and watch network news coverage on television. Errors and oversights by officials working last Sunday’s championship games dominate the reporting and conversation, prominently displayed and discussed, right up there alongside coverage of Trump’s latest tweet.

Game officials are contrite and apologetic, acknowledging their errors. The National Football League is said to be considering rule changes that would address some of the officiating mistakes in last Sunday’s conference championship games. The winning teams in those two games will face each other in the Super Bowl. That’s a big deal, and not only to thousands of ardent fans.

There are consequences to who wins and who loses. The outcome translates into lots of dollars, for one thing. When the outcome of a game, especially such an important one, is affected by someone’s mistake, what’s the remedy?

You might have guessed that last Sunday I was rooting for the teams that ultimately lost, so this Super Bowl has lost some of its luster for me. But I will watch because I enjoy watching highly skilled athletes do what they do so well on the football field. As for who wins and who loses this game, I couldn’t care less.

I’m looking ahead. The first major league pitchers and catchers report for spring training in 19 days. Soon we’ll be able to second-guess the umpires again.



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