Tag:Mario Fannin
Posted on: October 19, 2010 5:13 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 5:19 pm
 

SEC refs can get free LASIK in Arkansas

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If you watched Auburn 's mad, mad, mad, mad 65-43 win over Arkansas Saturday, you know that SEC replay officials upheld a pair of highly questionable calls that both resulted in Tiger touchdowns: one, an apparent Mario Fannin fumble at the Razorback goal line that had been ruled to have crossed the plane of the goal, and two, a Broderick Green fumble that may have occurred after his knee was down and was returned by Auburn's Zac Etheridge for a backbreaking fourth-quarter score.

So, if you also have some tiny inkling of human nature and the nature of college football fans in the SEC in particular, you have an idea of what's coming next: all manner of rage, invective, and mockery directed in the officials-in-question's direction. The Razorback powers-that-be wasted no time in registering their complaints to the league :

Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said Monday in a release the school is petitioning the Southeastern Conference concerning “several officiating calls and review decisions” made Saturday in a 65-43 loss at Auburn ...

“We have taken all appropriate steps to thoroughly review the plays through the process provided by the SEC to do so,” Long said in the release. “While we were proactive in sharing our thoughts on the plays in question with the league office, we will conduct our affairs with the appropriate decorum that is expected of University of Arkansas representatives and members of the SEC.”
Translation: Dude, we are so freaking ticked off right now, you have no idea . But of course, Hog fans aren't bound to follow any rules of "decorum" in getting their gripe on, and if you're as enterprising as Fayetteville's McDonald Eye Associates , you can even score some sweet free publicity in the process :

Fayetteville-based McDonald Eye Associates is taking it upon itself to make sure Arkansas doesn’t have any more questionable officiating. The company said in a release Tuesday it will offer free laser vision surgery to any on-field or replay booth official from Saturday’s Arkansas-Auburn game ...

“The officiating of the game has come under much scrutiny among Arkansas fans because of two controversial calls that went against the Razorbacks,” the McDonald release said. “Both plays directly led to Auburn touchdowns.

“Errors and incorrect calls from the game could have possibly been avoided with better vision. McDonald Eye Associates believes that a laser vision correction procedure will result in fewer mistakes in the future .”

There's really only three words to type in response, right? Well Played, Sirs .

Posted on: October 16, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 6:23 pm
 

Cam Newton running over Arkansas

Posted by Tom Fornelli



















While Denard Robinson was grabbing most of the intention during the first month of the college football season, now that Michigan has begun to fade a bit -- it lost last week, and could be on its way to another loss against Iowa -- there is some room atop the Heisman discussion.  Much like the Arkansas linebacker in the clip above, Cam Newton is running right over everybody in his way.

The Auburn Tigers lead Arkansas 27-21 at halftime, and Cam FREAKING Newton is running roughshod all over the Arkansas defense.  He's thrown for 88 yards and rushed for another 143 on 13 carries.  In other words, he's dominating the Arkansas defense and is putting his team in a position to be 7-0.

Though he is getting some help.

Auburn was given a gift touchdown by the officials following a big Newton run to set the Tigers up inside the 10-yard line.  On the next play Mario Fannin got a carry and fumbled at the one-yard line before going into the end zone, Arkansas recovered the fumble, but according to some mystery official, Auburn had scored a touchdown.  To anyone watching the replay it was obvious that Fannin had not broken the plane of the goal line with the ball in his arm, but tell that to the replay official who ruled it a touchdown anyway.



















Also not helping Arkansas today?  Ryan Mallett left the game in the second quarter with what Bobby Petrino said was some kind of head injury.

 
 
 
 
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