Madani: Anything but a suspension for Kent Austin disrespects officials

Arash Madani is a reporter and commentator for Rogers Sportsnet. He writes a weekly column for 3DownNation.

It has taken more than two full days, and the Canadian Football League has yet to pull the trigger on a basic, required, announcement: Kent Austin has been suspended for making contact with a game official.

Yet here we are on Tuesday morning, and not a peep from the office of the commissioner, nor former referee Glen Johnson, now emperor of the league’s football operations division.

Ridiculous.

On Saturday night, Kent Austin made contact with an official during his team’s loss in Regina. It appeared Hamilton’s coach was angry. He took a swipe, and hit the side judge. After the initial illegal procedure flag took the Tiger-Cats back five yards, another 10-yard penalty was assessed for Austin’s antics. That was a mistake, too.

On Pages 58 and 59 of the CFL’s 2016 rulebook, it clearly states “for physical abuse of an official in any matter whatsoever,” a 25-yard penalty and a disqualification are to be applied. Neither happened, of course, even though the rulebook has no grey area on the matter.

The CFL cannot miss here, as they have before. A league, after all, that only takes a stand when it’s easy.

They suspended Duron Carter for just a game after he bumped Rick Campbell, when the right thing to do was make it longer. They wouldn’t allow Greg Hardy to be added to Saskatchewan’s neg list, yet Shawn Oakman – indicted in July for felony second-degree sexual assault and banned from Baylor University’s locker room and road game sites – took a spot on that same Riders list.

And, of course, they didn’t suspend Austin last September, when he intentionally made contact with Dave Stala on the sidelines, throwing a laughable fine at him instead. Now a year later, and a pattern has developed, although this time it’s worse: Austin hits someone, not in pads, but an official during a game. As disrespectful an act a coach can commit in-competition. It cannot be tolerated. That we’ve gone this long without the CFL applying an automatic one-game suspension is as irresponsible as the on-field crew not ejecting him in the Hamilton loss at Mosaic Saturday night.

When CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge fined Austin for the Stala incident, his statement included this quote: “I want it to be clear that the CFL has an important standard of conduct for coaches which must be respected and upheld.”

It wasn’t Saturday night. Not by a coach who last year says he apologized to the players on the Tiger-Cats and “assured them that going forward my behavior will be consistent with those (high) standards” of conduct.

Austin didn’t live up to his word either.

A catastrophe can be avoided on the field if the offence recovers a coughed up football. The CFL has fumbled once already, now is their chance to make up for their mistake.

On Sunday, Orridge typed a tweet that began with “Football is family.”

That “family” includes the game officials. Anything but a suspension for Austin will disrespect them, and their profession, even worse than what the coach did on Saturday night.

A basic, required announcement is already too late in being issued. For the sake of the integrity of the game, let’s hope 2016’s fumble leaders won’t, again, be those making the decisions at the CFL office.

Arash Madani

Arash Madani

Arash Madani is a reporter for Sportsnet. He has staffed 11 Grey Cups & does play-by-play for CIS Football. His dream: the Gaiters playing for a Vanier.
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74 Comments on Madani: Anything but a suspension for Kent Austin disrespects officials

  1. You suck! It’s the ref who called hiking the ball a penalty who should be fired!
    And don’t expect Carter to ever be a Ticat!

    • Paul Bomber // September 27, 2016 at 8:52 am //

      So that’s the standard your looking for… it’s ok to hit a ref if they make a questionable call?
      Austin should be tossed for 3 games from the side-lines. Anything less is a joke. (and yeah… “Paul Bomber”.. I’m a Bomber fan, but if I had a second fave team, it would be Hamilton).

    • Bob Kingpin // September 27, 2016 at 10:16 am //

      Thank you! The ref should absolutely be fired.

    • what about the ref for making that kind of call,when every center man does the same,that to me is called a fixed call by the ref against the tiger- cats,how much did he get for that call and why wasn’t that review by the command center it was at a critical time of the game i bet if that was calgary it would not have been called,you ever watch a calgary game everybody sees the bias for calgary,something needs to be done,i have stop watching the cfl it makes me sick,come on sunday nfl the refs has cause this situation for most of the fans,what a joke

      • Blue and Golden Delicious // September 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm //

        I guess we can assume that the CFL conspiracy is no longer against the Riders but the now the Tiger Cats? Cunning move by the CFL to switch up the target of it’s hatred like that. We can expect that the next team to suffer a bad call will, coincidentally, also be next on the conspiracy list. Funny how that works.

      • The nose came back down and touched behind where it was when laying flat, as TSN said then. Also, they repeatedly mocked the play to me, saying it was happening everytime the ball was hiked
        It had no bearing. I thought they were already lined up. Right or wrong my opinion strongly says that stupid call chased away fans
        Also, coach could apologize for Comming close or making contact. Nobody wants that. But the call should never ever have occurred. You can call holding every play if you really look. Thankfully, it’s only when it has a possible or direct bearing on the play
        The penalty for hiking the ball does not belong in our game in that context

    • PERHAPS MIKE FILER SHOULD NOT PLAY WITH HIS BALLS SO MUCH.

    • You but the nail on the head Bud, I doubt the guy with a rash has had any claim to fame, so this is how he does it. The bump by Austin was an accident, had the official not moved , contact would not have occurred. Let’s see some of these Kmart refs start getting fined. From the looks of some of thise officials, my beer belly would pale in comparison!

      Bob in Edmonton

  2. You’re absolutely bang on with your comments. Seems to me that Austin gets away with too many of these outbursts. Time for some anger management sessions. Why is the CFL doing nothing about these incidents?

    • Paul Bomber // September 27, 2016 at 8:55 am //

      Yeap… and the answer is above: the Commissioner is in over his head. Maybe he can head down to the Arena Football League for a couple of years then give it another shot, but meantime, he’s driving the CFL into the ditch.

  3. Scott Yemen // September 27, 2016 at 8:43 am //

    I’d encourage Mr. May to put on some stripes, ref a couple amateur football games, and see if his perspective stays the same.

    • I wouldn’t even want to try to judge a field goal, never mind call any penalties. But you can also say that about most occupations, like most people can’t do my job and vice versa.
      But if I cost a client thousands for something as comparable as calling a penalty for hiking the ball, well!…
      btw, how does allowing that incompetence help our league survive, as it had to be a ratings killer. Every league unfortunately has sideline freakouts, but to call a penalty for HIKING THE BALL, I stand by my comments.

      • Peter Johnson // September 27, 2016 at 10:21 am //

        Jeff May, you need to get a look at a replay. The center moved the ball up a full ball length, the result was that he and the guards lined up offside. He did not just tilt the ball. Austin is a great coach and by all accounts a better man, but he must be suspended.

        • You need to get your eyes checked. The Tiger-Cat center did NOT move the ball ” a full length”. He tilted it and moved it no more than on any other play. On the very next possession by the Riders, the center did the exact same thing. TSN announcers commented and they showed the Rider center do the exact same thing. No call.

          You need your eyes checked. Seriously. Seek immediate medical attention.

  4. Eddy Rayner // September 27, 2016 at 9:10 am //

    Ticats fan here, but Austin needs to sit for a game. Rightly or wrongly, they set the bar with the Carter suspension. You can’t make someone else pay for letting Carter off too easily. But you easily cannot let a referee be contacted either, so he must sit. On a separate note – the ref that made the call should also be sitting for at least a game. The CFL seems saddled with refs who feel the game is about them. Sorry zebras … nobody is paying $9.50 to watch you throw cheesy flags!

  5. Steve the Ref // September 27, 2016 at 9:12 am //

    I would suggest Mr. May take a look at the rules for Canadian football before saying it shouldn’t be ea penalty for hiking the ball. Moving the ball forward, then rocking it back, is illegal procedure. Now, the debate should centre on consistency of enforcement for that rule, but it is definitely illegal procedure.

  6. Thomas Riddell // September 27, 2016 at 9:15 am //

    I agree with bad call on the Cats but Austin is hot head and Needs Time out.
    He should get 2 games. not 1

  7. It’s strange how CFL can hardly discipline bad behaviours that don’t occur during plays. Whether the official’s decision was good or bad is no reason for Austin to pick on him. Therefore, he deserves a suspension as if this doesn’t, what will? Plain and simple.

    Now, in the same time, Glen Johnson has to make a statement about hicking the ball before the snap: it’s not a penalty. Won’t change the game result. It will send the message to coaches that even if they’re right, arguing “physically” with refs and officials cannot be tolerated and will be disciplined.

    I understand the author lives in TO, works for a TO media who hates CFL, and may have some kind of interest to be harsh on Ticats, but in this article, he’s right.

  8. The Canadian football game, rules and officials can be very frustrating for fans and players from time to time. This whole season started off with a strange schedule and stayed strange all year.

  9. John Hayman // September 27, 2016 at 9:45 am //

    I am a die hard Ticat fan. I agree that Austin needs to be suspended for a game. It does not matter whether the contact was intentional or accidental, it should not happen and should not be tolerated.

    I’m going to assume that will happen. I will forgive the league for taking their time provided:
    a) They are consulting with Austin and the line judge first
    b) they are preparing a statement on the Illegal procedure call at the same time

  10. ian mcpherson // September 27, 2016 at 10:02 am //

    the biggest concern might be Jeffrey Orridge. The silent commissioner. Deer in the headlights.

    Nice hire

  11. After looking at the video several times,it’s not clear if Austin made actual contact with the official’s arm. Perhaps it does not matter since there may be evidence of intent. I agree that coaches and players need to respect the officials but
    Madani’s demand for instant justice is silly. The actions of both Austin and the officiating staff during the incident need to be investigated properly so that what ever punishment is handed down is based on facts not emotion.

    • The officiating staff need to be investigated? For what? Making a correct call? Give me a break.

      • Yes Andrew the officials need to be interviewed and not just Austin.It was the officials action that preceded Austins so I would think it would be necessary to get all the facts before making a decision rather than rely on the accuracy of a television broadcast.

  12. Moving the ball is against the rules – period. Do you think it was the first time that player had done that – if so – you would be wrong.
    Austin needs to be suspended. His arrogance needs to be put in check asap. If a player had done that, the player would have already been kicked out of the game and suspended and fined.

  13. Bob Kingpin // September 27, 2016 at 10:14 am //

    Having referee’s who make nit-picky, spiteful calls is a disrespect to the game. Everybody knows that ref should have been laid out cold. This is football…and if you’re gonna be a granny and call out tiny things like that in a high stakes game…get the fuck out.

    • Paul Bomber // September 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm //

      Talk to any NFL fan, soccer fan, hockey fan (especially parents @ the local rink) and so on, and their biggest complaint about the game? Bad refs.
      I don’t think the refs are bad, but with our slow-mo & 10 camera angles, our standards are too high!

    • Nit-picky and spiteful? Are you delusional?

      You can’t move the ball forward before snapping the ball. It’s been called before and it will be called again.

      Give your head a shake man.

      • Every single play the center rotates and tilts the ball, every play. So tell me how is that not moving the ball Andrew? All you Tiger-cats and Austin haters aside the call was horrible. The biggest problem this league has endured is the Officiating! Every year we are promised it will be better. This year more challenges, an eye in the sky! What a joke, once I’ve seen the eye in the sky make a call on offside and it was horribly wrong.Most of the challenges thrown by the coaches have been on there side not the officials. I agree the league should and will discipline Austin but most of us ranting on here probably would have done the same or worse. And don’t lie and deny it. I’ve watched enough sports pro and amateur alike and have coach all levels of hockey to see people lose it. Until the league is able to put good unbiased officials on the field it can’t be taken seriously as a professional league. And my comment comes from a diehard CFL fan I love it! Give your head a shake Andrew!

        • The fact that you’re saying the officials are biased just goes to show how delusional you really are. The officials that took part in the NFL exchange program and refer some NFL preseason actually graded out better than NFL refs on average and were more willing to make a close call than their NFL counterparts.
          The problem isn’t the officials, it’s the men above them thinking these guys must be perfect.
          And if all the Ti-cats centre did was rotate and tilt the ball, he wouldn’t have been flagged. He Picked up the ball an moved it forward. Take off your ticat coloured glasses for a second and rewatch it. It’s not hard to figure out.

  14. Do you think good officials will want to work in a league where physical abuse by a coach goes unpunished? Nope.

    1 game. Should have been announced within 24 hours.

  15. longtimetcfan // September 27, 2016 at 10:43 am //

    As I’ve posted on the TiCat and CFL forums, so far there is no proof that Austin actually contacted the official, only speculation and what’s seen in the one (bad)-angle video.

    If Austin had contacted the linesman one would think the official would have immediately spoken to the head referee about a disqualification (and 25 yard penalty). The officials are often (rightfully) criticized about their calls on the field but I would be surprised if they were not fully aware of the rule and penalty re contact on an official by a player or coach.

    The flag may have been thrown because of what Austin said (possibly over the line vs the usual verbal coaches complaints from the sidelines) and his extreme physical reaction (definitely over the line but understandable given the questionable penalty).

    I suggest waiting to hear from the official in question before laying out a fine, suspension or whatever.

    Wait to crucify Austin until the actual facts have come out.

  16. Wow:now that’s bad reporting. Saying he “hit” the ref is the same as saying he high fived him.

    The fact that this whiner of a reporter hasn’t been fired yet is what surprises me.

    Yes, Austin should get a minor fine. Yes the ref should be suspended.

    That’s the fair results.

    Or maybe just play the game from that point again.

  17. Take the person feelings on teams and players out of it. Did he move the ball? Yes. Is that against the rules? Yes. Is it called consistently? No. I assume it was on that play because the ball was moved past 1st down yardage before the play was run. Only issue on that call is the consistency of it being called. It has been called before in similar situations only. Austin…. Lost his cool. If he made contact, should be a suspension. If he didn’t and just shot off his mouth and berated the ref, fine him. Then move on.

  18. Bias upfront – I’m a Ticats fan.

    This situation has not been sitting well with me since the weekend – in short: I think that KA is a great coach, a better motivator, and he has a clear and effective methodology that gets his players to perform well.

    But he’s also a terrible loser. I have commented for years about how it must suck to try to interview him after a loss when clearly the team has not played well. When he’s pissed, he is short and grumpy with the reporters and often takes out his frustration on those trying to get a few bits of assessment and comment from him after the game.

    Now, I understand this – I appreciate the hyper-competitive nature of sports and the fact that the old athlete within KA is still playing/coaching every down as seriously as he wants his players to take it. That said, we can all acknowledge when things go too far. And this time, he went a little too far.

    I agree that initially it appeared that KA contacted the referee, but upon watching the PVR’d sequence I can only say with certainty two things: 1) KA was too close to the referee, to the point where he caused the referee to pull back for fear of getting hit; and 2) That KA knows better to be in a referee’s face when losing his temper and swinging his arms and stuff. In the end, contact or not, I think he should probably sit for a game.

    As for discussions around the call – I have to say that that was certainly the most bush-league call I’ve seen in over 30 years. Coupled with the fact that the Riders moved the ball forward TWICE on their subsequent 3rd down conversion (and actually crossed the 1st down mark unlike the Ticats) I would actually be way more understanding of KA’s reaction if it would have been after the Riders got away with it, rather than when the Ticats were called on it. Regardless, while many would argue that we can’t be certain if it affected the outcome of the game, I would argue that it certainly impacted the amount of time was left in the game (minimum of at least one minute for the game clock, plus any time while it continues with the ball having ended in play, etc). In this light, I would say it definitely had an impact on the game. However, it is certainly moot at this point.

    All this to say – I understand KA’s reaction, hell, I even empathize. But obviously KA needs to hold himself to a higher standard, as does the league. But any comments about him being fired, not being a good coach, and certainly any comments about not having the support of the players is WAY off base. There are too many players who appreciate him as a human being to have this be the start of a major unravelling.

    • Question is … did the Rider’s centre do similar earlier in the game.

      I can see where if it was being ignored up until that call – it would certainly cause issues.

      Regardless, the league should suspend him – though based on the Carter situation, it will probably be for one game only.

      I’m having trouble finding the details … what did Barker get for being in an area behind the official he wasn’t supposed to be and from the video, yelling at the officials?

  19. Mike Gergely // September 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm //

    What’s wrong with some of you? To even talk about the ref blowing a call here has nothing to do with the fact that you can’t hit an official. Blown calls happen all the time in all sports, can you imagine what it would be like if it was fair game on the officials every time you didn’t like a call? It’s one thing to bump into an official but Austin very clearly intentionally strikes the official.

    I think it should be a minimum 3 game suspension and maybe more. Wideman got 20 games for hitting a ref in the NHL which is a 1/4 of the season, I think punishment in that range is reasonable.

    • longtimetcfan // September 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm //

      Please prove where he hit the official. Many are speculating or are sure Austin made contact (it would appear incidental if he did) but the video is inconclusive.

      The officials would surely be aware of the penalty for a player or coach intentionally making contact with or hitting an official and the official in question would/should call for ejection and a 25 yard penalty, which he did not.

      So just maybe there was no contact and the penalty was for something said or possible feeling threatened but no one knows for sure until we hear from the affected official.

      I’m not defending Austin’s actions but I’m also not going to accuse him of the more egregious action until there is definitive proof (ie, from the ref involved).

    • “Austin very clearly intentionally strikes the official.”

      That statement is false. Nothing has been proven yet so please stick to facts and not your opinion.

  20. I ve always liked Kent.
    However..that temper and immature action at the ref has to be seriously dealt with.
    That would be a suspension for a player..and the same should apply for the coach.
    All coaches need to settle down on the sidelines.
    Orridge is a joke though,so I’m sure nothing much happens here.

  21. Anyone that seriously was to try and argue that the refs were wrong in calling the initial penalty needs to figure it out.

    You CANNOT move the ball forward, which is exactly what Hamilton’s centre did and got the penalty for. Had he simply tilted the ball, like he would do 99.9% of the time, it wouldn’t have been an issue. The issue here is that he picked the ball up and moved it forward. No matter how little movement the ball made, he still moved it forward.

    The refs 100% made the right call and regardless of what Suitor said during the broadcast, this call has been made in the past.

    As for Austin, under absolutely no circumstances should you strike an official, accidental or not. Even a one game suspension would be an absolute joke by the league, this needs to be multiple games and it should have been announced by the league immediately after the game concluded.

    If such a simple decision can’t be made in a timely manner by the league, we’re really in for it if this clown is around longer than December 1st.

  22. For sure Austin needs to sit out, no question. The matter of weather it was intentional or not is irrelevant. As far as the penalty goes, I recall last year when the riders were called on that penilty and everyone on the forums was saying of course it’s a penalty, you can’t do that. Well now the shoe is on the other foot and everyone is crying foul. I watch the play a few times and if you can’t see the difference between tilting the ball and moving the ball forward you need your eyes checked.

  23. Intent has everything to do with it. Suspending coaches for accidentally touching officials would empty the sidelines very quickly. The official extented his arm, Austin accidentally bumped the extended arm, he was punished with a penalty at the time. Case closed.

  24. A coach coming into contact with an official of the game is not condoned in any other sport. It was not accidental as Austin knew exactly where the official was and in the heat of the moment contacted the official. Whether it was accidental or on purpose is inconsequential, it happened and at the time he should have been ejected as is stated in the rule book. The CFL head office and Orridge has to send a strong message that this isn’t condoned. The message has to be a substantial fine and a suspension, remember Austin is a repeat offender on sideline bumps. The league also has to take into consideration that it was one of their own officials that they employ that was contacted and as such has a responsibility to protect them. The league can not afford to have the officials withdraw their services as has happened in other sports when a similar occurrence happened.
    The illegal procedure penalty that was called was correct, the ball was not just tilted, it was tilted and moved forward almost to the yard marker. Does this get called each and every time it happens, no just like holding or pass interference, some are called and some are missed but in this instance the correct call was made.

  25. Every snap for the rest of the game should have been a penalty. Period.. The call very likely changed the outcome of the game. This is the most biased reporting I’ve ever read on this site It should never have been put on line. The site is being used to do a hatchet job on Austin I’ve followed the site since the very beginning and this use of it to push a personal agenda does not belong.

  26. I’ve been watching this game for 50 years and I’ve never seen a penalty for re-positioning the ball like that. It happens on every single snap. Every play of every game for 50 years. The O-line had already set which means moving the ball had no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the play. Bush officiating.

    • You clearly haven’t watched every single play of every single game for 50 years. If you had, you wouldn’t be saying that you’ve never seen that called because it has in fact been called.

  27. That penalty was a joke, the truth is you can make that call on 99% of plays. Question,would the ref have thrown the flag if the RR player didn’t start yelling “they moved the ball”?

    • Robin (from THE city) // September 30, 2016 at 9:44 am //

      Good question.

      If this rule is in the books, and the instances of this “infraction” are so frequent, yet is called so rarely, then why call it at THAT moment?

      Either it’s a bad rule, or we have bad referees. Neither is good!!

      If the referee can be influenced so easily to make a call, then why have them on the field, just have the teams police themselves.

      After all, the striped people are so supposed to be impartial and not be influenced to make a call that they did NOT see!!!

  28. John Metcalfe // September 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm //

    Hey Arash, you can’t even get the rules set correct when you call a Canadian game, so, I think it is kind of hard to take you seriously about this??

  29. pete johnson // September 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm //

    Austin does not expect any discipline:
    http://www.900chml.com/2016/09/27/austin-doesnt-expect-to-be-disciplined-by-the-cfl/

    y’all should go back an look at the play, the ball was placed a full football length from the next yard line, the center picked it up and moved it a full foot, then the line set, then he moved and tilted it again. Clear and obvious offside.

  30. Terry Baxter // September 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm //

    Kent should sit for two games. This is the second time for this bush league behaviour. See Dave stalla incident. He is the best coach we have had this century, but I think he is on his way out. barely beating Montreal and then losing to the ‘Riders? This team is not going anywhere this year. Just as I predicted on this site back in May

  31. The first ref error on the play was the incorrect spot. The 2nd ref error was for Filer moving the ball.

    Kent Austin has serious anger issues however. It’s difficult to watch Austin be interviewed after a loss. He gets so wound up he can barely speak and what does come out of his mouth is condescending and obnoxious.

    I’m a fan of Austin but he needs to be fined and suspended for making contact with the ref.

  32. Typical madani. Y no mention of the ridiculous call on filer that cost the cats the game? Y no mention of the countless idiotic displays of officiating we have seen in the last oh decade or so??? Was kent wrong for hitting official yes was it clearly an accident yes. Thats 3 games i can think of that cost hamilton games this year not to mention the bogus greycup “penalty” if the cfl doesnt want coaches freaking out on refs maybe they should fine the refs for every shit call they make. But that wont happen because that means the refs would be paying to call games.

  33. According to the video just released Austin will not be fined or suspended.Tough luck for all those Austin haters. Madani certainly looks foolish. Next time wait till investigation is finished before making judgements.

    • And really nor should he. There was no intent and we were obviously penalized a set of downs, a possible scoring drive, 10 more yards to Austin and maybe 2 points. The league needs to own this one. Horrible call.

    • Where is this video to which you’re referring? Next time, wait until the investigation is finished before announcing untruths. It’s a good thing you’re not a reporter. Now, who looks foolish?

    • Actually Austin, the league and yourself are the ones who look foolish.

      • Robin (from THE city) // September 30, 2016 at 9:08 am //

        He got a one game suspension and can still assist from the booth.

        Seems you’re the one looking foolish.

        But don’t let facts get in the way of your silly commnents…

  34. Arash…..”BLOW IT OUT YOUR @ss”..period.
    What makes “you” the all high and mighty…
    If you took a moment to read “anything” that is going around the net.
    You would know that 99.9 of people that watched the game…even alot of Sask Fans…thought the call was total Bullsh!t.
    Plain and simple…end of story.

  35. It was incidental contact – period.

  36. Madani you pass this off as a serious weekly piece? What’s the matter didn’t see a player spike a water bottle on the sideline after a fumble this week? Bring back Marty York. Bahahaha you suck.

  37. So..Madani…you say anything but a suspension for Kent Austin disrespects refs… Then I say…disrespect away…

    • Yes, why is this Ticat-hater article here in this spot anyway?!! Attack our coach? That’s why I started the comments off with you suck. Because you were attacking our coach in our paper.
      Go attack the Argos, or college ball or whatever you show on that network. Leave our Austin alone. 2016: The Year of the Cats!!

  38. Robin (from THE city) // September 28, 2016 at 8:18 am //

    And the poor quality of officiating along with the ridiculous missed and applied calls made by these same buffoons isn’t disrespectful to those fans who spend good money and time with this league. Along with the fact that this problem is decades old and is no better now.

    Perhaps, when these people royally screw up, the CFL should refund those fans in attendance.

    We could consider that a fine on them.

    IF Kent Austin made contact with that official on the play, then this is wrong.

    At the same time, how can you respect someone who does their job so poorly, and consistently so.

    And whose mistakes are so costly to your success and your job.

  39. Martin Starr // September 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm //

    Well Madani, the last laugh’s on you because AUSTIN DIDN’T GET SUSPENDED. Barred and fined, but not suspended.

  40. antoine lussier // September 29, 2016 at 9:13 am //

    BUT COULD IT BE THAT THE CENTRE IS AMERICAN AND THAT ACCORDING TO THE Crazy Football League” OUR BALLS ARE BIGGER” AND HE ISN’T USE TO THEM YET? JUST ASKING.

  41. Why does Madani even write about the CFL when he clearly lacks a basic understanding of the sport? There really hasn’t been such a bad CFL writer since Marty York.

    Better yet, why does 3downnation continue to run articles by this hack?

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