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Tom Brady talks about officiating in the playoffs | Claims Refs have a tough job, but violations must be clear to throw a flag

Tom Brady talks about officiating in the playoffs | Claims Refs have a tough job, but violations must be clear to throw a flag

Tom Brady has been on the good side of many referees for years. He always seemed to get the calls and on his latest podcast “Let’s Go!” he talked about the referees jobs and agreed it is not an easy job.

“The refs got a tough job. Are they going to get every call right? I mean, is anyone a hundred percent in their job? It’s a hard job to do. They’re making decisions in a millisecond. This is what I believe . . . there were three terms they used . . . it was clear, it was obvious and . . . it was prolonged. At the end of the day that would be my barometer for throwing flags. That would be my barometer for taunting. Was it clear? Was it obvious? And was it prolonged? If it meets those criteria, penalty.”

Brady continued to talk about how when you are on the bad side of a referees calls it sucks.

“When you’re on the wrong side of it, obviously it’s tough to swallow and there’s a lot of reasons to be, you know, angry or emotional,” Brady said. “When you’re on the right side of it you discount it. ‘No, look, we had plenty where it didn’t go our way, either.’ . . . Look, everyone wants the refs to make great calls all the time. Everyone wants me to complete every pass. It’s not the reality.

“There was a time in sports where there wasn’t instant replay all the time. You know, in tennis, there were line judges, they called things out. Sometimes they were in. And John McEnroe would scream at the umpire. That’s what he would do. And now, they have the technology they’ve used and . . . literally, I mean, to the centimeter they can determine whether balls are in or out. So, you know, as we go in sports, yeah, part of it is we can try to eliminate some of those determinations.”

Brady went on to say as long as it is competitive someone will bitch.

“As long as there’s wins and losses in sport, there’s gonna be people bitching about wins and losses and who should have won and who should have lost and refs that missed calls and players that screwed up and, you know, again, that’s just part of the entertainment of sports,” Brady said. “That’ll never get old for any of us.”

Do you agree with Tom Brady?

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