I have decided, after much consideration, that I do not like instant replay and I wish it would go away.
Now - don't get me wrong. I NEVER want to see a wrong call go against Michigan (although if the refs screw something up in our favor, you won't hear me complaining). My blood still boils thinking about games in the pre-replay era that were stolen from us due to botched calls.
However, as a regular fan of football, as a person who just wants to watch football on TV and doesn't really care who's playing or who wins as long as it's an entertaining game, I'm sick of it. It sucks all of the emotion out of watching a close game. Whenever an exciting play happens, my first thought isn't "wow, what a play!". Instead it's "I bet they'll review that". Take today's FCS playoff game between Montana and THE HORROR. With the game tied, Montana got the ball with about two and a half minutes left, drove the field and scored. THE HORROR nearly returned the favor, but they were unable to punch it in from about 5 yards out as time expired. Exciting, huh? Yes indeed, except that we had to pause and make sure Montana's receiver caught the ball for the touchdown (he did), and then we had to pause again to check the spot of a crucial 4th down conversion (spot was good). It just sucks all the emotion out of the moment.
Is it just me, or does anyone else feel this way?