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It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

Posted on: October 6, 2008 10:22 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2008 10:34 pm
Every call he makes is argued or booed. Every move is scrutinized. Each flag he throws is seemingly challenged.

The life of referee Ed Hochuli hasn't gotten much better since that infamous day several weeks ago.

What's happening now is that every call Hochuli makes is over-scrutinized and he's not helping himself by blowing calls or missing them all together.

This was clear in the Monday night game between Minnesota and New Orleans. The crew missed a blatant facemask on Reggie Bush and called a pass that clearly hit the ground complete.

On the first call Saints coaches went insane screaming and hollering. The Vikings did the same after the Saints called a timeout after a successful deep pass by Minnesota. The Vikings felt the Saints didn't signal the timeout in, well, time.

Blown calls and angry coaches happen every Sunday but it's almost as if teams are taking advantage of Hochuli's damaged state.

Reaction to Hochuli by coaches needs to be closely watched by the NFL. It's one thing when fans boo everything Hochuli does. It's another witnessing the behavior of the coaches on both sidelines on Monday night. Teams seem to be saying: we know Hochuli, for now at least, is vulnerable and we're going to try and take advantage of that.

If that feeling remains a permanent one you have to wonder how long Hochuli can remain doing his job.
Category: NFL
Tags: Ed Hochuli

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 9:07 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

Ed Hochuli didn't do that bad of a job. People are just blowing things out of proportion and I expected that for the rest of the season. Things will be back to normal for Ed next season but for now, he just have to get use to all the booing and coaches getting on his case everytime he makes a call not to their liking.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:49 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli


Come on, you can't bag on someone's lucky hat!  So what if their team last won a World Series 15 years ago, they're loyal and will still wear it until they can buy a new one after another championship.  Look at all those new Red Sox hats that you see!  Cubs fans, well, I don't have an answer for that.

I do love hockey.  But I'm almost dreading the Wild this season...

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 3:27 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

Fans of pro football have lower IQ's, make less money, weigh more, and have a disproportionate amount of facial hair.


If I were you, I would have taken down the Viking's logo from your profile before spouting off about NFL fans.

I guess I would rather be a barbarian than pompous and arrogant and in your case; absolutely wrong.

Now go back to the baseball threads before I have my broker by the tenement building you are living in and have you evicted.


Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:23 pm

It's Open Season on Ignateous

NFL fans are the biggest blowhards in American sports.  Fans of pro football have lower IQ's, make less money, weigh more, and have a disproportionate amount of facial hair.

Well, Iggy, you had the makings of a valid stereotype going (and most stereotypes do exist for a reason) until the "facial hair" thing.  Isn't it baseball fans (and players) who still wear the "cop killer" goatees that are so out of style now that even cops think they're cool?  And isn't it baseball fans who wear those grimy hats that look like they haven't been washed since the first Roosevelt administration?  At least football fans shave and bathe once in a while.  Nope; if ya wanna see well mannered, well dressed and well educated fans, hockey's your sport.

As for the NFL reffing situation, the logical solution to bad officiating would be to have the league to pursue full time officials instead of going with weekend warriors.  One would think that a league which brings in money faster than any politician or CEO can mismanage it would be in a position to have officials who focus on football and nothing but football while the season is in progress.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:00 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

I never want to see him near a Saints game again.  Its tough enough having to play the other team without having to take on the officials as well.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:59 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

I hate to see fans whose team benefits from multiple bad calls justify it.  Plain and simple the refs gave the Vikings 10 points while denying the Saints on at least two occasions the opportunity to score.  Everyone I know is saying it was the poorest officiating job they can remember in their life.  The refs basically gave the Vikings the W.  Period.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:57 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

Nevertheless it was probably the worst officiated game, as well as lopsided in the errors all for the Vikings, in recent NFL history.  I don't care which officials fault it was that on three occasions (at least) the refs basically gave the Vikings points.  That doesn'ty even consider the fact that who knows what the Saints would have done with the ball after the blown facemask call and the blown fumble call.  Then you have the mysterious false start when everyone in America knew it was offsides.  Without a doubt the Saints could have done more to help themselves but everything else being equal the officials handed the game to Minnesota.  Its a travesty.  The NFL is becoming a joke.  Both San Diego and now the Saints have been screwed out of victories.  I wonder how much the officials had riding on the Vikings.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:32 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

Why not give him a 4 week forced vacation.  He will return relaxed and refreshed and be better than ever at his job. 


About Oakland - Al Davis is the worst...  He used to be the Best - Remember Marcus Allen and that run in the Superbowl..  wow - I weep everytime I think of it.. 

But now Oakland has an owner without a clue he is not thinking clearly.  Plus they are sticking with the "Rookie Holdout Quarterback" who will only bring them misery..  Trust me - Russell only thinks of himself, no desire to be a team player with a strong heart and guts... He held out and got what he wanted - screw anyone or anything else..  We lived with that nightmare in Washington with Heath Schuler.. Oakland is in for 4 or 5 years of his selfishness until they move on.. And until Al Davis moves on...

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:27 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

  I  am a chager fan and I say we lay off the guy already. There are more than half the refs in the No Fun League that are not as dedicated or competent as he is. Enough is enough I say.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:19 pm

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

Not all NFL fans fit the stereotype you have created, so take your pompous a$$ to another message board. 

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