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Not another word about SEC referees

Posted on: October 31, 2009 6:01 pm
You hear me, Big Ten people? Not a damn word about any SEC conspiracies.

That Iowa-Indiana game was the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Questionable calls went to Iowa. A touchdown for Indiana was reversed on replays that never came close to showing enough proof to reverse the call on the field.

I'm saying it: I firmly believe those Big Ten referees, whether on their own or at the behest of the league, did what they had to do to keep the Big Ten's only BCS title candidate undefeated. And given how bad Iowa was for 3 1/2 quarters, they had to do a lot.

If you're a Top 25 voter and you don't vote Iowa down -- as in, worse than last week -- after this game, then you didn't watch the game. Or you didn't know what you were watching.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:50 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

Doyel you're spot on with your critique of the officiating in this game.  There could be a couple of reasons why these calls favored Iowa, but no doubt monetary gain was involved.  Follow the money.  It's sad, but that's what the world's about.  I don't gamble any more (actually much less- sorry, couldn't resist), and didn't care who won or lost until I saw that ruling on the spot of the ball.   After that I watched with a bias toward Indiana, but I have seen this movie way too many times to think my hopes that Indiana would overcome the zebras would be fulfilled.  I read the comments from those who think you're nuts and just smile.  It wasn't just you and me who saw this for what it was, but both announcers were having a tough time holding back their comments.  As to those whose argument rests on the fourth quarter rally, I will say this:  if any of you acknowledges intangibles such as momentum or "being up for the game" should understand why that contention is invalid.  It's tantamount to someone who sees a baseball player hit a round-tripper after a runner gets thrown out stealing. saying "if BOZO didn't get thrown out we would be tied now instead of down 2 to 1." No, not true, because these events both dependent and independent of each other.  If any of you don't get that you probably still think Canseco was lying.  Go look for your Coup de Ville in the bottom of your Cracker Jacks box.                

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:27 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

Okay PSU fan.  No vested interest on your part there.  Had you taken care of your own business....

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:18 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

I hate Gregg Doyel but for the first time ever I totally agree with him. I'm shocked that this is getting ZERO media coverage. Those replay officials should be fired.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:16 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

Reality check...Iowa scred 28 in the 4th.


Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:14 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

I wonder if you would have felt that Iowa sucked so bad if the explosion came in the first quarter instead of the 4th.  Instead of blowing the Hoosiers out late, they do it early.  Would that have been more impressive?  At the end of the day, they had a 35-3 half.  Would you feel better about their prowess if that was the halftime score, then they game up "garbage" points in the second?

It was not the refs, but a great effort to ovecome a team that came to play that made the difference.  I know, I know, it was not an SEC team.  Iowa has not had a chance to kick the snot out of one of them this year, but they did in this streak, if I recall.

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:14 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

Doyel-The Hawkeyes belong ranked in the top 5 based on their entire body of work.  They have 3 games left including a trip to the 'shoe.  In other words, they still have to validate their ranking.  But until they lose, you are crazy to say they should be voted down. 

I did watch most of the game....they were bad for 3 quarters.  Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, a game consists of 4 quarters....

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:13 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

Oh, here's a shock!  Vote Iowa down?!  Why?  Because they're undefeated?  Yeah, you're right, they suck.  They don't deserve a shot at the BCS title game while having one of the toughest schedules in the country. 

3 1/2 quarters?!  Yeah, because they scored all their points in the last 7:50 of the game!  If that Iowa-Indiana game is the ugliest thing you've seen even this season, you haven't been doing your job which, oddly enough, is as simple as watching football and making daft comments about it!

After this comment, you are getting pretty close to taking over for Dodd as the biggest idiot on this site!

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:07 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

My point was that the Buckeyes were considered a lucky team that did not deserve to be in the game to begin with.  I would think that the bigger excuse that would be given against Ohio State was the loss of McGahee in the first quarter.  It is hard to argue that a game that goes into multiple overtimes is between two teams that are not well matched.

What makes Doyles claims this week so screwed up is that the refs could have made 8 bad calls the other way and it would not have made a difference.  It was an 18 point win at the end of the day, and a second half that went 35-3.  Not exactly the stuff of conference consperacies.  The other games were at least close, and the calls had something to do with the outcome.  Even if you give the Hoosiers the missed TD, they still nearly got shut out in the second, while giving up more points than they got all game.  You can not suggest that the calls had anything to do with momentum, as the 3rd quarter was not exactly the best quarter of the hawks season.

I have seen roughly all of the Hawks games this year.  While this game was odd in some ways, and the Hawkeye offense only really showed up for a quarter, the same can be said for most of the games this year.  This team is about defense and an offense that tends to explode at some time when needed.

What I cn not understand is how a supposed sports lover like Doyle can feel that he is forced to watch what amounted to being a great game, involving the Cinderella team of the year, and suggests that he does not enjoy it.

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 10:04 pm

Not another word about SEC referees

May I add that there were quite a few strange placements that went to Indiana.
And DJK caught a ball that, upon review, was called incomplete (wrongly) that would have moved the ball to near IU's red zone.  Next play, Stanzi threw a pick and Indiana had itself 7 more points.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2009 9:59 pm

What about the Big 12?

Don't worry the Big 12 is doing their part too, protecting Texas just like Iowa, Florida, and Alabama in their own conferences.

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