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Make up calls: Myth or reality?

"Instant Replay" is a new weekly column which will appear in Sunday's Detroit Lakes Tribune.

Each week, he will write out a real occurrence during a sporting event and explain the ruling.

Also included at times are new rules and "points of emphasis" in sports.

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All's well that ends well.

That can mean many things to many different people.

And in officiating it can as well. For example, does that mean if an official misses a foul on a player that it is acceptable to make the next call to even the score?

All's well that ends well.

You basically ended up where you started - a "do-over" per say.

In sports this is commonly referred to as "a make up call."

Interestingly enough, has defined a make up call as a noun: "(mak'-up kahl) noun. The act of compensating for a bad call against one team by making an even worse call against the other team, usually in an immediate and obvious manner."

The topic of make up calls was a concern this week from Gene of Nevis. Gene writes:

Dear Instant Replay Guy: The winter season is winding down and you are probably having difficulty finding topics to discuss. 

With that in mind, I was wondering if you would consider discussing the myth verses the reality of the "make up call". 

I doubt that it is discussed in the "handbook of officiating", but those of us who have watched hundreds of games of basketball know it to be an occurrence that is not rare. 

You admit to only making one or two errors in your officiating career, so there would be no need for such a thing in any of the games you have worked.

Perhaps it is that the skill level of some of the other zebra's who do not match yours. 

In any event, I would appreciate your thoughts.


Gene from Nevis, Conference MVP 1973.

Thanks Gene, knowing that you have watched hundreds of games pretty much qualifies you as "expert" status among officials.

We see your sort each night and appreciate your help.

You must have caught me at a weak moment if I admitted making one or two errors, as I don't recall that happening.

Anyway, let's look at a couple of situations to see if we are on the same page.

Here are some of the more famous make up calls I recall:

- OJ Simpson being found guilty in his civil court case after being acquitted in his criminal case.

Major make up call.

- Title IX. Some don't see this as a make up call.

Even make up calls are controversial.

It now takes longer to get through Detroit Lakes with the new Highway 10. But, hey, it's safer.

Even my friends at MNDOT have make up calls.

Assuming you are talking about sports, here are some potential make up calls:

Basketball situation: Karmen is dribbling down the sideline of the court and Jennifer tries to trap Karmen near half court.

There is a small amount of contact between the two and Karmen falls out of bounds with the ball.

The official, Sven, gives the ball to Jennifer's team.

On the ensuing in bounds play Sven calls traveling on Jennifer who just received the ball.

Myth or Reality: Is this a Make Up Call?

It could be considered a make up call.

Was Jennifer wearing pink shoes?

Did it happen on a Tuesday or was it a Friday?

These factors all come into play when Sven made his call. Tough to say without more information.

Football situation: Fred is running for an apparent touchdown and the official, Barney, throws a flag for holding on Fred's teammate.

On the very next play, Barney calls defensive pass interference and gives Fred's team a first down.

Myth or Reality: Is this a Make Up Call?

I am only assuming that this was a high school football game played on a Friday night.

That being the case, it definitely probably might be a make up call.

Was Barney related to the custodian at the home school?

This would make a difference in this situation according to the "handbook of officiating" you referenced.

I don't mean to insult your intelligence, as I am sure you were already aware of that - my bad!

Ok, that was just a BIT of sarcasm. Do make up calls exist?

Are they a myth or reality?

That is in the eye of the beholder.

In my humble opinion, they are probably most likely a mythical reality.

They really do mythically exist in the eyes of those whom fall victim of the second of two questionable calls.

Makes perfect sense. All's well that ends well.