Re: Horrendous Officiating
posted at 12/17/2012 1:50 PM EST
In response to walton's comment:
In response to RockScully's comment:
Sorry, but this deserves its own thread. We saw one atrociously called game in Week 3 in Baltimore with replacement refs, arguably the worst I've ever seen in 30 years watching football, with even the game winning FG in question.
I just got off the phone with one my uncles who has had season tickets since 1978. He hasn't missed a game since. I've never heard him so enraged over the officiating. It's not the sole reason why NE lost, it was the turnovers, but clearly the officiating affected the outcome in favor of SF. He and my other uncle's seats are about 20 rows up on the 45 yard line behind the visiting team's bench. Apparently, Harbaugh and his assistants were lobbying for calls all night long. Not surprising. Harbaugh and his brother are two pieces of work in that area, always whining incessantly.
Last night, however, was a top 3 worst I've seen the Pats involved in. It's one thing for replacement refs to have the built-in excuse, but these professionals simply cannot be so inept in games like that.
As much as the turnovers had much to do with why NE lost, the officiating was decidely so one-sided, that the refs were forced to resort to make up calls for NE in the second half. The LLoyd PI call was the one that stands out. But, you have to ask why make up calls are even needed.
There are two plays that clearly affected NE's ability to change momentum:
1. The Hightower stripl/fumble. What a great play, by a great young rookie. A textbook in-line closing tackle and strip to be called "incomplete". What a complete crock that was. In no way is that defensible. That was a fumble. Who knows if that might have changed things at that point. I believe SF went on to score a TD there. Chris Collinsneck made that even more maddening by acting like it was clearly an incomplete pass where the RB never had possession and didn't try to run after he caught it. Laughable. I DVRd the game and watched this play again this morning. FUMBLE. Not debatable. Clear as day.
2. The obvious one is the Ginn apparent fumble on the punt return. Why on earth does a punt returner, and the entire kick return unit of each team, react in such a fashion, if he didn't touch the ball? I am not saying it clearly hit his leg flush, but the trajectory of the ball as it crossed him, coupled with his reaction clearly tells us it grazed his leg. All of a sudden, the rules change? Also, the refs made up a call about an "illegal touch" by NE, repleted with "holding on #57" by NE. I am fairly sure Steve Nelson retired many years ago. Then, the best part was when Hochuli tried to explain all of this after 5 minutes of extended commericals and waiting with him saying they will review it, which"may lead to spotting the ball down there".
Are you kidding me? How is this stuff acceptable? I think ol' Ed has taken one too many of the PEDs ol' Rogie is so concerned about in the league. These guys just got a great new deal which gives them lifetime health insurance, 6 figure plus salaries and all kinds of perks for calling games 16 times a year for 4 months and we get that? Unacceptable and it takes away from what two good teams battling it out.
It is high time the NFL start punishing officials in some way (suspension without pay?) for not knowing the rules of the game and making up calls to the point Bill Belichick and then entire crowd/viewing public is not only confused, but when the refs have a chance to get the call right, they still don't get it right.
We NEVER see BB challenge refs when compared to what other NFL coaches do on the sidelines during games. Ever. He's done it twice this year in particular. Once in Baltimore and last night.
The officiating clearly favored SF last night big time and it affected the game. Awful.
Ginn didn't touch the ball. Who cares how people reacted? Your a Patriots fan so you think he touched the ball. I'm neither a Patriot fan or a SF fan but simply a football fan. There were a number of replay angles. The angle directly behind Ginn revealed nothing but there was a side camera angle which showed CLEARLY that he didn't touch the ball. It wasn't even that close. The ball didn't come close to Ginn's leg. If there was a possibility of touching anything it was the fingers of his right hand but there was one angle which showed it CLEARLY did NOT touch his hand. You're a homer.