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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.
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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 11:38 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

The fact that people seem to be painting Ed Hochuli, the best ref in the NFL, as some sort of Svengali, just goes to show that 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.

What does that tell you?

They ain't the book learnin' type.  What more would you expect out of these barbarians?  Meanwhile, smart and intelligent (and financially successful) people continue to know that baseball is man's greatest game.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 11:19 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

At one point listening on the radio, he turned on his mic to announce a penalty and said something like:


"There was encroachment on the defense, the man was in the neutral zone but that doesn't excuse the false start on the offense. Number 64 on the offense moved prior to the snap as a result of the defense jumping into the neutral zone; even though the defense moved first causing the offense to jump the encroachment doesn't excuse the false start. 5 yard penalty, repeat down."



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 11:15 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

As the old saying goes, what goes around comes around.  It appears highly probable that Ed Hochuli embarked on a 'roid program to get buffed up so he'd look better on TV.  Well, he's got all the TV time he can handle now, so he's in no position to complain.  He should've listened to those warnings about roids cutting into the brain cells, to say nothing of the gonadal effects.

On a less warped note, most of the lousy officiating last night wasn't Hocuhli's fault.  The Chargers blown call aside, Hochuli is still regarded as one of the better refs in the NFL.  The linesmen and judges sure didn't do Hochuli a lot of favors yesterday.  Then again, as another poster suggested earlier, he didn't exactly do himself many favors by going into lengthy legalese explanations with the mike on.  A simple "after review, the play stands as ruled on the field" or "false start, offense..." would've gotten just as many boos from the fans, but only a fraction of the scrutiny.  If Hochuli wants to start dissecting nuances on TV, he should get a job in the booth.  Lord knows, I'd much rather listen to Hochuli than Kornheiser.

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:35 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

how long Hochuli can remain doing his job.

about as long as Walt Coleman has kept his. The NFL doesn't get rid of refs, they just make sure th schedule doesn't put them back in games where they had controversial calls. Note that since 2002, Coleman has never called a Raiders game....

Hochuli will probably never call a chargers game again...

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:25 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

I'm with you, Mike. That was bizarre officiating to say the least and the leauge's perception of Ed isn't going to get any better after it.

But who is to blame? The whole world is dog-eat-dog and the NFL is no exception. When we get a chink in our armor, your opponents will exploit it....when you make as many bad calls as Ed has this season, you become a target.

I hate to say it...because he was a great ref...but maybe he needs to take some time off or at least work a smaller profile job on the sidelines or in the booth.


Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:21 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

I know the game is over and Ed didn't have the call on the facemask or the incomplete pass that was ruled complete, but what about the Adrian Peterson fumble, he started to use his lawyer talk to get out of what the real call should have been.  He overanalyzed a blatent fumble and stated that AP held the ball by the tip, but in the replay, he didn't control the ball at all.  What happened again, someone blew the play dead, instead of letting it play out.  I thought Hochuli learned his lesson in Denver not to blow the play dead too early. 

My opinion, send Hochuli to London when San Diego and New Orleans face off.  He has already pissed off these 2 teams, and had a hand in a loss each.  At this point, no other NFL team want him officiating their game anyway, unless maybe if Denver had the option.

Primetime football should have primetime officials, the NFL screwed this one up by sending their most scrutinized official, as of late, to a nationally televised game, good thinking.  Do I feel bad for the guy, no.  He is stealing a paycheck from the NFL and stealing games from players.  He should donate his checks to the Boys and Girls Club in San Diego, and the Hurricane Gustav fund in Louisiana. 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:54 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

It goes both ways every game.  There are blown calls, missed calls, bad penalty every game, for both teams.  Any Vikings fan knows that the Vikings have gotten more bad calls against than for.  It is a rare occurance to have a call go their way.

Look, they missed a facemask call.  Several facemask calls are missed every week.  Holdings are missed.  Illegal contacts are missed.  Every call is missed every week.  That's just football.  That's part of any sport where human error comes into play.  Umpires miss ball/strike/out/safe calls in baseball.  Oh well.  Unless it is proven that a referee is purposely making bad calls against a team, for gambling purposed, or for any reason, then you just have to live with the human error.  It's gone on for decades, and it will continue.  Complaining will do nothing.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:30 am

Should be Open Season on Tony Kornheiser

Announcers may not affect outcomes of games as much as officials but they have a huge impact on the enjoyment of them. This sad excuse for a television analyst spent 30 sec. telling the audience this same deal on Hochuli by the way. It only further perpetuated the problem by him saying it! Idiot.  I can't believe Payton would have been any less demonstrative on those calls had it been another crew. I don't buy it.

I'll put up with a blown call here or there more than I'll put with this blowhard. He's lucky Jaws is polite or else he would have bruised ribs from some analyst elbowing him to get him to shut his yapper. How many times am I going to hear him interrupt Jaworski right in the middle of his train of thought? It's getting to be like four or five times per game. Sickening. Apparently he owns up to writing a slam article on Gus Frerotte 11 yrs ago after the helmet-into-wall incident as though he's bragging because a pro athlete hates his guts.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 12:10 am

It's Open Season on Ed Hochuli

Both the bad calls, on consecutive plays no less, weren't the fault of Hochuli.  It's not his job to call facemasks on plays 5 yards downfield and with the runner facing away from him, nor is it his fault for botching the "complete pass" call.  You're right that people are taking advantage of the blown call a few weeks ago to jump on Hochuli for no reason.

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