Are we relying too much on replay?

"Are we going to have robot refs?"

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
May 06, 2019 - 1:24 pm

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The 145th Kentucky Derby made history over the weekend but probably not in the way horse-racing was hoping for. The winner, the fastest horse on the track, Maximum Security was disqualified after replay officials determined he impeded the path of other horses.

Officials took 22 minutes to make their decision after a few jockeys asked for a review following the race. The runner-up, Country Horse, was named the winner.

The controversial finish has also brought up the conversation about instant replay in sports. Are we going too far when it comes to replay? Would eliminating the human element ruin sports?

There have been a lot of instances recently where replay, or the non-use of replay, has determined the outcome of games. Most recently, the NFC Championship game when the officials didn't call a blatant pass interference call.

"Why is this insistence on everything being perfect and everything being correct? It's impossible," Andy Bunker said. 

Randy McMichael said stuff happens in every game that may not get called. It's part of the game.

"To me, it just seems like it's a rush for perfection in everything now. And everything is going to be replayed," McMichael said. 

Randy and Andy believe the direction we're heading in is that every play is going to be reviewed no matter what.

"I think we have a lot people making decisions that are functioning under the idea that things can be made to be perfect on the field and forgetting that there are humans that have to go out there and do these things," Bunker continued.

"Are we going to have robot refs?"