posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 04:23 PM
The idea that officiating errors are "the human factor" in a sport, and thus a legitimate "part of the game," has always been absurd. But when the
call is laughable, atrocious and flat-out abominable, it's not a "human" factor. Human beings make errors, but in general, human beings are not blind
There is simply no question about that play. It SHOULD have been called offensive P.I., but I can respect that official's decision not to throw his
flag, because it was not brazen offensive PI and I can see how he didn't want to inject himself into the PLAYERS' game. But for that other a.h.,
standing HOW MANY YARDS AWAY (?), to then disregard the offensive P.I., which he surely saw from that position, and flag the defensive P.I.?!?
As I said before, I refuse to believe it was a matter of corruption. I see SO much hideousness in my work, and until I see very clear proof of
dirtiness, I won't believe in it at this level. Plus, I've seen so much mind-boggling ineptitude by the zebras in the 30 years I've watched the NFL,
I've long since forgotten about the idea of corruption. They're just terrible, that's all; they're not on the take.
But the only conclusion that leaves is that that s.o.b. is not fit to officiate. As Toejam points out, these clowns are high school principles, real
estate agents, investment agents and, yes, lawyers in real life, and they ruin football games as a hobby on weekends. And THAT is the fault of the
cheap fools in the multi-billion-dollar biz that is the N.F.L.
It's incredible, really. They set themselves up for cr@p like the ruining of yesterday's game, the notorious Denver-Oakland playoff game in the
1970's, the notorious screwing of New England at Oakland in a playoff game the year Oakland won its first Super Bowl (phatom offensive PI call),
But all those others are history. And Red Wolf, I don't in any way mean to chide you, but you still haven't told me if any of the Dolphins'
outrageous screwings on those defensive PI calls have been in the playoffs. All I know right now is, I was watching a very taut game with a great
pace to it yesterday, and some blind dunderhead completely turned the game around.
Yeah, the Pats repeatedly fell on their swords in the second half, but football IS a game of momentum, and THAT game's whole momentum changed
radically on that one preposterous (the kindest word one can use for it) call.
I rooted for Indi all morning long today, because I was sure they would obliterate Denver. But I was glad in the end to see Bettis get off what would
have been a hook fit for a whale. (He should pay Big Ben about $100,000 for that tremendous tackle.)
But now Denver is at home next week and a 3.5 point favorite. Think about that one, because it should tell you how good the books think they are: A
#2 seed, at home, playing a #SIX seed, in a stadium where home field is huge, and they're only favored by 3.5!!! The home field is worth at least 3.5
in that game.
I guess the computer saw the same thing I did.