Some thoughts on the law and twisted logic of NFL replay challenges.
NFL referees are judges. Just look at their titles – other than the Referee, Umpire, and Head Linesman, each crew has a Line Judge, a Field Judge, a Side Judge, and a Back Judge. There are no robes and, unfortunately, no powdered wigs, but they damn sure make determinations like judges in a courtroom.1 In the NFL, sometimes they have too much power. Sometimes, not nearly enough.