- The HPL 2015-16 review
- Arsenal champs. West Brom down – Wk 38
- Sky Ref keeps Arsenal top. Toon safe! Wk 37
- Gunners top, Foxes slip, Irons poised – Wk 36
- Leicester and Mahrez in clear – Wk 35
- Vardy in red card Moss – Wk 34
- Carroll elbow kills Arsenal – Wk 33
- Norwich up Newcastle down – Wk 32
- Bilic spot on over Irons hard luck
- West Ham hefty penalty – Wk 31
- Hand of Wes escapes – Wk 30
- The Hypothetical Premier League
- Foxes top for first time – Wk 29
- Top four so tight – Wk 28
- LVG floors Arsene title bid – Wk 27
- Time’s up for LVG’s United – Wk 25
- TV Eye, TV Refs
- Newcastle and Villa ripped off – Wk 23
- Martinez after Instant Karma
- Wk 21/22 table, reports, results
- Wenger Wonders
- Wk 20 table, reports, results
- Wk 19 table, reports, results
- Wk 18 table, reports, results
- Wk 17 table, reports, results
Offside Cam Rules OK
- Updated: 05/11/2015
Snapshot Week 11.
November 5, 2015.
If ever a weekend underlines how we need an offside slide-rule cam when a ball hits the net here we have it. There were so many very tough calls, actually we can make that impossible calls, for the men with the flags.
Through no fault of their own, they are being asked to pass judgement in a flash of a second and then be judged by the armchair audience and the pundits reviewing the moment time and time again in super slow motion. It is just plain wrong and downright stupid to ignore this most simple of all technology aids.
It could easily be used this summer at the Euros – not like we have Michel Platini blocking the technology path any longer and it would eradicate that head-splitting fear of an offside shocker destroying a nation’s chances. We all moan about the offside rule being too hard to understand – it’s pretty straightforward when you really think about it – yet stubbornly refuse to introduce a system that would improve it on two fronts.
One, we could attain the correct decision way more often than not. Two, the peculiar discrepancies in how the rule is applied would be highlighted and debated and eventually smoothed out the more apparent they became with the advent of the virtual offside slide-rule tool.
When to use it? When the ball hits the back of the net, of course! Now if someone is definitely off, the linesman must always flag. If, though, it is too close to call, he or she can wait, let the game run, confident that should a goal materialise, the onside/offside moment will be checked upstairs by the TV ref and his slide-ruler. If there is no goal just play on.
This, at risk of repeating myself, should lead to LESS unnecessary stoppages than we currently see during a match and MORE correct offside/onside rulings on goals.
What is not to like? We are all winners! HP