"The guys who were out there weren't doing bad," Wyant said of the replacements. "They made mistakes, but you need to get together when you have a rule book like that. The NFL can change rules in the middle of the season.
"What people don't understand is what the rule says and how the league wants it interpreted can be two different things. Yet [announcers] are getting upset and sitting there reading the rule.
"What they ought to do to get perfection is have instant replay on every single play. Absurd? Yes it is. It would take two days to finish a game. But that's what they should do if they're so hell-bent that everything's gotta be perfect."
Wyant said the entire setup was absurd.
"I would hope they took the best officials from that division," he said. "But we don't know how many were line judges and made into back judges. It was a near impossibility.
"I remember I'd go through five possible scenarios in my head per play. Physically I'd be OK after, but mentally I'd be whipped. I'm telling you, it takes five years."
Wyant turned it around.
"I've been thinking about this and if they took the NFL officials and threw them into Division III, I'll bet they'd have the same kind of problems. They might not know the rules. They might over-officiate. And one thing's for sure: You can't see everything."
Thankfully, though, the lockout is over. Wyant, who lives in Star City, can stop appearing on radio talk shows over the topic. He can resume playing slo-pitch softball. (At 78, he pitched 21 innings last Thursday.)
Also, Wyant can stop hearing the announcers' chirping.
"I remember when I'd officiate Pittsburgh Steelers games," Wyant said. "I was friends with [ex-WVU and Steelers announcer] Jack Fleming. After the games, he'd always come down to see me. He'd always ask me about calls and I'd always explain them to him. Then he'd tell me what he thought.
"One day, I finally said, 'Jack, why do you always ask me if you always have the answer?' He always wanted to tell me what he thought."
And not much has changed.
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