I sat down and watched the Steelers game yesterday, and it just seems like every game I see these days has a number of blown calls. Now, in the Steelers game, I don't think that the blown calls really effected the game-- the missed calls seemed pretty evenly balanced between the two teams. But there was a missed fumble, poor spots, odd calls, and so on. The thing is, when I was watching football in, say, the '80s, I was always impressed with how the refs seemed to get almost everything right. It may just be a coincidence, but it seems to me like the quality of officiating went down right when instant replay was introduced.
So here're some questions: Do people think that officiating is worse than it used to be? Is it because the game is faster and more athletic than it used to be, or some other reason? Should the NFL do something different, or should they just keep what they have?