Published on November 21, 2010 10:34 PM by dbo.
In Sunday’s Western Final, a pivotal play was the fumble of a punt return by Saskatchewan’s Ryan Grice-Mullen which was ultimately propelled by Calgary into the Roughrider end zone and recovered by Saskatchewan. The ruling was no points awarded, Saskatchewan ball at their 25-yard line per Rule 1, Section 9, Article 6 – Ball Touched In Goal Area.
However, those reading the rule “When a player directs the ball other than by kicking…” call foul. When Calgary’s Wes Lysak struck the ball sending it into the end zone, it appears it strikes his foot, not his hand. Does that not disqualify this rule from applying then? Is this a dribbled ball and therefore a kick?
I don’t think so. My interpretation of the rule is that is disqualifies normal kicks. A dribbled ball is not a normal kick and counts as an act of propulsion. Since none of the rules surrounding a dribbled ball applied, the correct rule was used.
This occurred in the last three minutes of the second half and therefore was eligible to be reviewed by the league office. It was not. This indicates to me that the correct call was made, the league felt there was no wrong interpretation made. Others will challenge this assumption. It will be interesting to see if the league addresses the ruling this week.