Re: Ed Hochuli Throws a Late Flag After Watching Jumbotron?
posted at 12/20/2010 10:46 AM EST
In Response to Re: Ed Hochuli Throws a Late Flag After Watching Jumbotron?
[QUOTE]At least the Patriots still won. I forgot about that rediculous non call on the fair catch. That gunner had plenty of time to adjust himself. In fact, he had so much time, he managed to angle himself underneath the 5'9 Edelman. The more i think about it, the more i realize how badly this game was officiated. The call on the McCourty hit was total nonsense. the bail out called against Tully when the other guy was grabbing his facemask was disgusting. Bad call after bad call and why ONLY AGAINST THE PATRIOTS LAST NIGHT?!?!?! why couldnt some of them bad calls go the other way?
Posted by btownteamsrking[/QUOTE]
This is the kind of game that makes a certain kind of person believe that the league has an agenda. The Pats are generally a very disciplined team, and when you see a plethora (Si', El Guapo . . . you have a plethora.) of calls go against a normally disciplined team, it tends to raise eyebrows. No matter which team we root for, as football fans, we're just going to have to get used to that "unnecessary roughness" call. Every time a receiver takes any kind of hard hit, expect to see that flag. As somebody mentioned earlier, it's the new pass interference. It looks for all the world as if the league is telling defensive backs, "You simply must allow the receiver to catch the ball. You can't hit him." That no flag came out in real time, and then a "conference" produces one is simply astounding. This is a bad, bad precedent. If officials are going to be huddling after plays to decide whether or not the guy on top of the play is following the plan . . . that's a problem.
The hands to the face penalty was egregious, but what's bothering me more than the obviouly biased call -- clearly designed to keep the Packers' hopes alive -- is that nobody in any of the media that I've heard or read so far is pointing out what should be obvious to everyone . . . it was a double-foul; should have been off-setting. No one is talking about that. The replay is staring us right in the face and everyone is pretending that what they are seeing is not what happened.
A Pats loss last night would have been a tremendous boon to the league in terms of casual fan interest. TV wants meaningful games, and keeping Green New Jersey in the hunt is good business. I'm not a conspiracy theorist by nature, and while I tend to believe that it's generally a pretty weak argument to go after officials, sometimes it's difficult to ignore the evidence right in front of you.