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Sideline sillyness

I understand the desire for safety of the players with this new "6-feet away from the edge of the field" sideline rule but some refs are getting a little ridiculous.

If a bunch of players and/or individuals hanging around are standing a couple of inches from the field or even go onto the edge of the sideline, then by all means warn'em throw the flag, do what you have to do.

But I had a photographer yelled at a week ago for no reason because she was a bit ahead of the line. Mind you, the photographer did not know about the rule, and nowhere in that scolding was an exact explanation given. At the Northwestern-Killian game, a POLICE OFFICER cost NW a penalty after taking a step past past the line.

I myself as well as other reporters covering the Booker T.-Chaminade game were told to get back even when we were already well behind the line.

This doesn't go to all officials, but maybe some should keep an eye on slightly more consequential things like spotting the ball correctly or remembering what down a team is on. Like when a down mysteriously vanished during a key moment in that big game on Saturday at FIU.

I'm just saying, enforce it, but don't get carried away to the point where it hurts the game.

-- Dre (standing at the track with my binoculars pretty soon).

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Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat

My man Dre hit it on the head. I covered the NW-Killian game. The refs are starting to make it impossible for reporters to cover the game from the sideline.

Depending on the team, we are behind a glutton of coaches and can't even see the field. I had to go from the Northwestern sideline to the Killian sideline to watch the game without the obstruction of 20 coaches walking back and forth in front of me. So I walked over to Killian's sideline where I wasn't being pushed back every 10 seconds.

The players have their rules, but the officials need to worry about the GAME.

In the first quarter, the clock was stuck at 1:12 for about 3 minutes. How do reporters notice this, but not one of six officials notice that the clock is not moving for what was like three or four plays?

How do the officials screw up down and distance so much that it's becoming commonplace that the refs will make some buffon decision on where to spot the ball. NW went from 1st down to 3rd down on one possession. I thought I was the only lost when it was fourth down and I had it as third down. Northwestern scored on fourth down so it saved the refs, but that was a touchdown lost if NW hadn't scored.

In the fourth quarter, a play ended, a team called time out with like 8 minutes and 20 seconds to go and the clock kept running and running and running and running to almost 7:30. You point it out to them and they take offense to it like you are questioning them at their job. Well I wouldn't have to point it out to you if you simply did it right. The clock is the simplest thing to control yet the refs pardon my french F*** it up every game I've been to this year.

The officiating in Miami-Dade has hit levels of atrocious. Dead serious.

You watch guys drop passes they call completions or completions they call drops. You watch 4 or 6 yards taken off an offsides or false start rather than five. It's just become ridiculous.

The worst thing I ever saw though was the officials calling a game NMB-Hialeah 15 minutes BEFORE the game was set to begin because of lightning.

I was supposed to cover the game, got there at 7:20 and was told the game was cancelled. By the point, it was merely drizzling and there was no lightning anywhere around. Either way, you wait at least a half hour to start the game. That's what was done at the Jackson-Carol City game the same night. Talk about some fellas that just didn't want to work, but were glad to collect their check.

My word to officals. Officiate the game. Pay attention to what's going on. Stop worrying about reporters, photographers, a couple of coaches now and again getting close to the sideline and worry about what's in front of you on the field because it seems that has become a bit too much for most of you to handle as it is.

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