|hey Boll first & foremost.... hope all is well with you & family. glad to see ya pop in here every now & then.
Posted: 2/21/2019 1:52:50 PM
ystday? its never easy with us, and im saddened to tell you Ive become used to it. have some time here....now for the 'FUN' stuff.
uh-oh. another one? now look what youve gone & done... got Loose & Out all fired up again. (laughing) well, if I unwillingly gotta wear the 'black hat' on this thing. VAR saved our a** yesterday fellas. but ive also won quite a few plays this year resulting from its decisions. one thing I appreciate this time Boll is finally someone has mentioned VAR as it should, without and perceived 'agenda' involving monetary involvement).
i kind of consider self "old school"; back in the days where if you were standing in the penalty area and the ball hit your arm.... it was a PK. no ands, ifs, ors, nors about it. saw Schalkes first PK ystday, my god that took a LONG time to decide. we were sitting there and saying "whats so hard about that decision, it freaking hit Citys arm". plain and simple. dang.. times are changing arent they??
but wanted to add something which Loose alluded to, there was this match a few weeks back (for the life of me i cant rememeber which one) defender made a pass out from his own end, opponent stepped in got half the ball/half the MF leg, dribbled 10-15 yds, pass to teammate cutting, and a beautiful goal. key point is this whole sequence happened 10 feet in front of refs clear/unobstructed view. and he let the play go on. but then someone upstairs yakking away into his earpiece, he wasnt reviewing the goal -- whether the pass was offsides or not, no handball... nothing. the discussion revolved around whether there was a foul on the turnover which the ONFIELD ref let play go on. so Loose, i agree with you there (finally ehhh??!) this is where we start heading down that slippery slope of things with VAR.
one other thing Id like to add (sorry Boll for the length, you know me anyways)
I dont know how many opportunities you guys get to go to the games or what the televisions show out there but but theres one thing about those earpieces. the onfield ref is constantly talking during match. I dont think its right to have someone yakking in ur ear the entire game. those guys got a job to do, and game to call/manage. communications should be limited. those guys arent "perfect", its a HARD job, and I give them a long leash so to speak. its easy for us all to sit there on our chairs and critique blown calls, im not sitting here on some high-horse and saying I dont do the same. but there should not even be discussions between him & booth on such matters.
but look at the BRIGHT SIDE of VAR fellas. if theres one POSITIVE thing about it:......................
.................it has allowed people the opportunity to empty the bladder. if you time it right, you can make a quick run and get back before play resumes (trust me on this one). couldnt do that 10 years ago.
(you north americans and 'throwball' dont know how lucky you are sometimes)