by the mistakes and so the fewer mistakes, the better. So I liked it.
"The now of it, I kind of transitioned more towards being a fan. I see how it's really to me kind of gone beyond its original intent, and I'm not so sure I like it anymore from the perspective of a fan and as an official.
Pereira is concerned that replay has become a bit of a crutch for officials, who can fall back on reviews by means of multiple cameras optimally positioned in NFL stadiums and operated by some of the best professionals in the business. The guys in the truck can queue up replays from every angle in a matter of seconds.
The quality and quantity of equipment won't be available for high school games, nor will the officials have the experience that allows them to readily determine which calls should be upheld and which need to be overturned.
"I just wish that, as we move down to the high school level, that we would realize that the game is the game and these are kids that they're playing and good athletes will get scholarships whether they win or lose a game," Pereira said. "It puts more emphasis on the officials and sets them up for more abuse and not less. The fact that in isolated instances we have had the courts get involved and overturn decisions that have been made is just astounding to me.
"I just don't like that direction."
Compounding his concern is the likelihood that the scrutiny will ratchet up each successive weekend as the stakes grow greater in the playoffs. Imagine the emotion the first time a call gets overturned in a high school final in a state where the game might attract 20,000 or more fans, many of them young.
One need not go back further than the past weekend to appreciate the emotional factor. Pereira was flying home to California on Saturday after attending an NCAA replay clinic in Chicago, and his phone blew up upon the plane touching down.
"I'm like, 'What the heck happened in the four hours that I was in the air?'"
What happened was the first disqualification of the winner in the history of the Kentucky Derby. The outrage was immediate and talk radio has kept the controversy in the spotlight since -- and this a sport that has used finish-line photography for decades and routinely relies upon video reviews by race stewards.
"And this thing's going to linger with appeals and all this kind of stuff," he said. "It's going to linger for months."
Battlefields to Ballfields: As mentioned above, Pereira has been doing interviews this week to promote the innovative Battlefield to Ballfields, which will be conducting a golf tournament in the Rochester area to help fund the national program.
Battlefield to Ballfields strives to provide veterans an opportunity to re-engage with their communities through taking up work officiating youth and scholastic sports. Founded by Pereira, the program has more than 200 veterans, including more than a dozen in Rochester and Buffalo, in the pipeline at a time when many state associations across the country are dealing with a shortage of officials.
The money being raised pays for the uniforms, equipment and training for officials for up to three years in a variety of sports.
The tournament is June 17 at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Victor. The $250 per golfer registration fee includes the round of golf, lunch, dinner and on-course beverages. More information is available here.