HOME REPLAY ADVANTAGE:
Fast forward to Minnesota's most recent contest, Game #2 in Detroit. Roy Williams catches a TD pass in the back of the end zone. The announcer mistakenly calls it, "incomplete"! This is quickly followed by a called touchdown!. "How'd he catch that?", the announcer wondered. No video replay is required as its a home field touchdown. The Lion's quickly amass onto the field for the extra point. The kick is good. Now it's too late for a replay challenge. Just before they break away, they show two views of the play. The second view is from the end-zone, which shows nothing. The first view, however, indicated that Henderson got a mitt on the ball, where Roy Williamson may have bobbled the ball, and may have stepped out before he regained control of the ball. Could it be so ... we'll never know.
Not so long ago, if the ex-Viking Randy Moss had caught a pass, you'd see twelve views of the catch (here's the gnat's-butt-camera angle, which clearly indicates that Randy did not curtsey before ...).
The point is that the coaches in the booth are waiting and are watching for video replay evidence so that they can make sound judgments on whether to call for a replay challenge. The problem is, only the home team gets that advantage. Depending upon where you're playing, away teams are never given the opportunity to view anything. Too often, the home team somehow doesn't seem to have any video available. We fans aren't stupid. We know what's going on and it's just simply not going to stop.
Let me get this right, the league can show us that Michael Strahan ad ad nausium, till we're ready to pull our hair out, but the NFL cannot take the time to provide at least three views of a "game changing performance", before they allow some kicker to "keek-a-touchdown".
Rodger Goodel, are you listening. This is exactly what a commissioner is for. To level the playing field between the franchises and to somehow regain some semblance of fair play.
The Viking Ghost