Re: Worst officiating ever
posted at 9/25/2012 12:43 PM EDT
In response to Iceman4's comment:
AZPAT.....are you really a Pats fan?...........seems like you want to squelch any are argument that supports the Pats complaint. If this was such a fair game....why are all the talking heads discussing the officiating of this game today. What is your opinion on the measurement play and the subsequent first down from that stretch out of bounds? Was that a first down in your opinion? That was the worst call of the game in my opinion ....and a momentum changer. I do though support your premise that the D just couldn't stop much.
Yes, I am a Pats fan. I go back to teh good old days of BU Alumni Field, Fenway Park, and Harvard Stadium. I have a dog in the fight. But, I am also a realist. I don't whine about how other factors determined the outcome of the game, other than poor performance by our players. Or, when the lame for a WHOLE game loss is pinned on one play and only one play. I've seen the good, the bag, and the ugly, and not just the movie.
Fact 1: The Ravens receiived MORE penalty calls/yards that the Pats (14 vs 10; 135 yds vs 83). Even bad refs don't toss hankies if there is no reason to. Sorry, but the Pats deserved theoir penalties, just as the Ravens did theirs. Don't want dumb penalties? Styop poutting yourself in position to get them. That is SOOOOO simple.
Fact 2: The stretching out call? Honestly tell me that this call has NEVER happened when "real" refs are on the field. PLEASE tell me that this has never happened with a "real" ref!! Doesn't matter what I think about the call or ball placement. The D had opportunity to stop teh Raven before he got to that point, but didn't (couldn't, like other efforts later in teh game?). THAT play did not cause the Pats to lose. Offensive ineptitude in the 4th Qtr against a revved up Defense did.
Fact 3: Doesn't it seem funny that Brady has been unable to seemingly motivate and move teh offense late in games, more specifically from the 8:00 minute mark of the 4th Qtr? When was the last time he drove the team down the field to regain a "two score" advantage/lead, in a game that really meant something? The O, under his direction, rolled over and played dead against a dangerous defense in THEIR house. These are things that didn't happen up to the 2007 SB in Phoenix. What's their playoff record since then? I count two SB losses, in games they SHOULD have won. (This includes over and underthrowing OPEN receivers.) Samuels drop of an "in his hands and bread basket" INT in 2007 was THE play of that game.
The recent editions of the Pats teams just don't seem to have the underdog, "us against the world" attitude anymore. The NFL has caught up with them, and it shows. They can't seem to stay fired up for the entire 60 minutes. They don't even have that hungry attitude that other great franchises have (ie: Steelers, old Raiders, etc). To many late game "9 play, 32 yards, punt" scenarios. Sorry, but I am nit please with that. Stats be dammed...... close the games out!