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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: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:37 am

Not another word about SEC referees

I've watched college football for over twenty years & that was the most blatant, shamefull thing I have ever seen. It started in the first quarter on a phantom interferance call and went thru the whole game until IU finally threw in the towel. It was an absolute joke. The script was written - It was like the WWE or the Globetrotter vs. The Generals. It's got to be the BCS money. Unreal. I can't imagine how I'd feel if I had money on IU.....I didn't.
That game still bothers me today as I love college football.
The sad thing is - the score got out of hand in the 4th QTR so it doesn't seem like a big deal.
The boxscore reads.......Iowa "killed" Indiana....
NO!!!!!!!!! That game was borderline "fixed"!!!!!!!!!!
I have NEVER believed in or posted anything resembling a "conspiracy" theory until now.

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:34 am

Not another word about SEC referees

News Flash:  Indiana scored on the NEXT play.  So the big game-changing call some of you are complaining about didn't change anything.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:18 am

Not another word about SEC referees

Indiana was shafted. Dont get it, officals were an outrage.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:18 am

Not another word about SEC referees

Wow, it's nice to see Iowa has such a large bull's eye on their backs. Maybe their improbable season to date is shaking things up a little in the world of the elite. Hawkeye Nation is enjoying the perfect record result and the banter 9-0 has generated. Sure, as a Hawkeye fan I would love to see Iowa dominate every game. Sure, I would love to see perfectly officiated games. Sure, I would love that the sporting world was perfect and Iowa didn't have to face the resulting subjectivity.

Go ahead, bump other teams above the Hawks in the upcoming polls. That won't take away a historic season for the Hawks. The Rose Bowl is in sight and while Iowa fans would like our team to be considered in the true mix for the National Championship, it is unlikely. That's OK, the young kids playing for Iowa nor their fan base can remove the "undeserving, not a good team" label regardless of how the season ends, even if that were to include a BCS bowl victory. I say, be careful what you wish for if you are hoping your "elite team" is the team that plays Iowa in a bowl game.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:17 am

Not another word about SEC referees

This is the same moron that probably help jump florida back into the #1 spot in the ap poll after the refs "gave" the game to fl vs. Arkansas. Willing to bet his ballot poll went the other way, and I'm not even a big ten fan. Ok, maybe if they would have squeaked a win out by say 3 (like fl) on 3 bogus or questionable calls on the last drive of the game. Maybe grip a little. I saw the final score, wasn't even close at the end. Don't think the two calls or so really helped them out that much. So, tack on another 7 for Indiana. Doesn't matter. Indiana fans, congrats to you and your team. Saw some of the game, and they played beyond their ability. That's all you can ask.

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:10 am

About your lobbying of the voters

According to Doyel, Iowa has to quit winning at the last second.  Oh, and they have to quit winning by slim margins.  But when they win by 18 going away, the tune changes.  Now Iowa has to quit putting themselves in a hole before winning.  Oh, and they have to quit winning ugly.  I think I see a couple of patterns here.  Iowa keeps winning and Doyel doesn't like it.  I guess it's hard to hold your tongue week after week when you're itching to say, "See, I told you so! Iowa has been exposed! They don't belong!"  Here's an idea, Doyel, HOLD YOUR BREATH until Iowa loses.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:01 am

Not another word about SEC referees

Gregg should stick to what he knows best: explaining to us why USC still deserves to play for the national championship.
I expect an public apology for wasting our time hyping that "dynasty" that only won one BCS championship any day now.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 8:59 am

Not another word about SEC referees

Iowa is a good team, I don't know how much more they have to prove to the pollsters or idiots like Mr. Doyle. Thye SEC is not what it used to be, they aren't the dominant conference anymore. In fact I don't think there is a dominant conference left. The SEC is crumbling, supposedly its best two teams struggling and with the help of the referrees in TWO games with more than one 'questionable call' in each of those games just ot squeak out a victory. Iowa dominated with the help of a questionable call, but who made Mr. Doyle the all time ref expert now, after all with him and his beloved SEC all he has been watching are payed off refs pulling calls to make sure Florida wins. Who does he have to compare too? The Big 12 is finally showing how weak their defenses really are, and as the old saying goes: "it doesn't matter how good your offense is, defenses win championships" As soon as Texas or another Big 12 team hits the bowl season, if they get matched up with a SEC, PAC 10, or Big Ten defense... It'll be a 50+ point game, but they will find a way to lose when Colt McCoy gets pressured too much. PAC 10, all I can say is the Oregon team we saw in the first week is NOT the same Oregon now, and they are in my opinion the best team in the country. Do they deserve to jump all of the unbeatens? No, absolutely not, but I'd hate to be the Big Ten team who has to play them in the Rose Bowl, probably Iowa or Penn State. But even with Oregon in the Pac 10, thats about all the Pac 10 has to offer, USC is not THAT good. Barkley needs a few years under his belt and they need to repair their secondary a bit. And the Big Ten, Iowa. Yeah that's it. Ohio State, well the whole Purdue loss ruined their year. Penn State, cupcake schedule of the year goes too them. Does that mean they aren't a good team, No. As a die hard Penn State fan I think we are a solid team with a good chance of slaying whoever the SEC offers up in the Capital One bowl, but I understand why we aren't getting that much credit in the polls, we need to be playing tougher opponents... not that Florida's non conference schedule was that tough either... talk about cupcake.

With that mind though, I think the pollsters and reporters like Doyle need to give up this SEC dominance BS. There is no dominant conference, let the teams play as teams not super teams. Not special consideration becuase they are in so and so conference. Iowa deserves to be where they are, if not higher, just as Florida deserve to be ranked fairly high along with Alabama. And don't forget those BCS busters TCU and Boise, and of course Cinci. You see every conferecne has their dominant teams, the SEC currently has three right now,  Florida, Alabama, and their referrees. So let the teams play and prove their dominance as Florida or as Alabama, not as the SEC. Because clearly, just because Florida won two national titles in 3 years and are still currently undefeated doesn't mean Vandy is coming any closer to having a winning record and should be looked upon as a fierce foe. Florida is good. Alabama is good. The SEC is not.

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 8:28 am

Looks like the SEC apologists are getting nervous

I'm guessing that Doyle already has his articles written for the next couple of months.  You know, real original takes like "Iowa doesn't have the premier athletes to compete with a Florida." or "The Big Ten simply can't match the SEC speed", etc.  We've heard it before.  Right before Iowa drops an aerial bomb on LSU to win the 2005 Capital One Bowl or the hopelessly overmatched Hawkeyes beat Florida by 20 in Outback Bowl.  Hey Doyle, here's your lead for January 8:  "Iowa squeaks out 20 point victory in ugliest national championship game in history of football."

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2009 8:25 am

Not another word about SEC referees

It's not just SEC and Big 10 officials making bad calls, but something that traverses all of college football.  There have been lots of games I've seen this year where a bad call looked pretty obvious, but was upheld in the replay booth.  I'm willing to cut some slack to the refs on the field.  They are making quick decisions about having a foot in-bounds, a ball coming loose prior to the whistle, pass interference, et al.  My beef is with the guys in the replay booth.  Instead of watching the game, I think they might be checking out internet porn, only to be interrupted by "questionable" calls on the field.  One of the disallowed IU touchdowns turned out to be a moot point, since the Hoosiers scored 6 on the next play.  Teams in any sport go through adversity all the time, whether it's bad or missed calls by officials, mistakes made by players or coaches, and in-game injuries.  If I were Coach Lynch, I would have burned a timeout--not to jaw with the officials, but to gather his team around and say something like, "Guys, it would seem to me the refs are trying to take this game away from, let's sack up and not give them a reason to do it!".  I feel bad for teams that feel like they get jobbed by poor officiating, but more often than not, the guys with the whistles do get things right.  Indiana has had a penchant for letting games get away from them this year.  They should have beaten Northwestern, and they could have beaten Michigan and Iowa to be 7-1 instead of 4-4.  Still, for teams who feel like the refs "got it wrong", the sting lingers and the outcomes of those type of games are never overturned.

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