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NFL Officiating....

Posted on: January 11, 2010 12:56 pm
The officiating has been poor to terrible in the playoffs this year.  Outside of the NYJ/Cincy game, there were either to many flags(Dallas/Philly), or missed or no calls.

I have no real complaints about the NYJ/Cincy game, I thought that game was officiated well enough to get by.  The Dallas/Philly game was littered with flags.  This is playoff football, let them play.  Keep your hankie in your pocket and let the players decide who won or lost the game.

The NE/Balt game had a few calls that were suspect.  The first being the muffed punt by Baltimore and New England recovering the ball.  The rules of a fumble recovery are that of a completed pass reception.  You must maintain control of the ball all the way to the ground, well clearly that wasn't the case with the fumble recovery.  The ball came out as he hit the ground out of bounds, and the replays clearly showed him bobbling the ball through out the entire recovery process.  Now, I understand that Harbaugh didn't challenge the play, and that was his and his coaching staff upstairs faults, but the official on the spot should have realized that he didn't maintain control all the way to the ground.

Secondly, the McGahee 2 point conversion attempt.  He clearly had the ball secured to his chest, and his chest did cross the goal line, so that right there should be enough evidence to reverse the call done on the field.  Well they blew 2 chances at that one.  I applaud the officials for that as well.  I probably sound like a Baltimore homer or something, but Brady did enough for the Pats to blow the game without these 2 oversights on the part of the officials.

And finally the Green Bay/Arizona game.  I could write a book about this game, but in a summary.  Woodson was the victim most of the game here.  Both Fitzgerald TD's were the result of uncalled push offs to clear space to catch and run.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman(possibly the worst duo to broadcast a game) said on the first TD that "Woodson fell down", clean out your eyes and you'll see he was pushed to ground by Fitzgerald.

The final drive of the game had 2 notable "non-calls."  The first being a helmet to helmet hit on Rodgers by Bertrand Berry.  The play was out in the open for everyone to see and it was conveniently missed.  The second being the face mask on the fumble that won the game for the Cards.  You mean to tell me they put that on the ref BEHIND the play, he couldn't see it.  And with all the other officials on the field not one of them saw that play.  Rediculous.

There have been gripes and rumblings all season long about the officiating, but for the officiating to decide the outcome of a playoff game, in my opinion that is just absurd.  Again these are just my opinions, feel free to argue them all you want.

Category: NFL

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2010 9:32 pm

NFL Officiating....

How well you put that, Bus. I could not agree more. Loved the Kleenex reference.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 9:16 pm

NFL Officiating....

I don't thing there is anything more tiresome in the NFL this year than whining about the officiating. I am so sick of all the crying and melodrama that gets kickstarted every year as the playoff picture comes in to focus. First, there are the thread bemoaning the playoff seeding structure because the bar can never be set low enough for some fan's crappy bubble team. We are supposed to sit here and listen to people that want to throw out the entire system because it didn't suit them that particular year. Last year, it was an outrage for the 8-8 Chargers and 9-7 Cardinals to have gotten "free passes" for winning their respective divisions. That noise got quickly squashed as the Chargers kicked the 12-4 Colts to the curb and the Cardinals came within minutes of winning the Superbowl. Here we go again this year. First the integrity of the game was somehow defiled by teams "laying down" and allowing teams to get in to the playoffs undeservedly. Now, every game was ruined by the officiating. Bad enough that we have to endure thread after thread of this post-nasal whinefest, but now you actually devote an entire blog to this dribble. Sit back, watch the games, and put away the Kleenex already.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 7:45 pm

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You people are so stupid. The Cards' DE's got held all game long, and on the one where Rodgers missed the guy wide open in overtime, he should've been sacked.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 5:19 pm

NFL Officiating....

I am a little bias on this topic since the Packers are my favorite team and all, but I believe that the game ultimatly was decided by the non call.  I totally agree that if it was Brady it would have been called just because he is practically untouchable. Since it was only Rodgers it is okay cause he's young and he can handle it. I feel that the league has to be equal to everyone and not favor some because of what their resume says.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2010 4:12 pm

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Hey Genius it doesn't matter wether it was a finger or his whole hand or and accident! It's still a face mask!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 3:50 pm

NFL Officiating....

Not to downplay the great game the Cardinals played, but if you look on the front page of monday's NY Times Sports section, you can see the guy that forced the winning fumble's hand on Aaron Rodgers' facemask

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 3:48 pm

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LOL, after reading your commetn I dont beleive you watched any of that game.  So much nonsense in one post.

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 3:46 pm

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Equal opportunity because of one bad horsecollar call on AZ?

the refs giftwrapped 21 points for the cards.............

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2010 1:08 pm

NFL Officiating....

hard for me to blame the officiating when the Packers gave up 51 points... here's an idea, STOP SOMEBODY...

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2010 1:02 pm

NFL Officiating....

You are wrong on this.  The actual Horse Collar rule states nothing about the player being yanked down, but does clearly state that it is considered a Horse Collar when the opponents hand actually is grabbing the shoulder pads and jersey with the fingers inside of both.. and clearly that was a Horse Collar because the hand was clearly in between the back and shoulder pads when he grabbed it...

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