Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday Night Madness
Agree or disagree with how last night's Monday Night Football game in Seattle ended, the bottom line is that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has now seen his worst nightmare come true and that is a team has arguably lost a game because of a call from a replacement ref. Its a judgment call and in the eyes of the referee, Golden Tate made a simultaneous catch with Green Bay safety M.D Jennings and if its a simultaneous catch, than a touchdown is awarded. The call went upstairs and the review official (who isn't a replacement official) had an opportunity to overturn the call, but he did not because he could not find sufficient evidence thus it was a touchdown. Had it been called incomplete or an interception, I am positive that call could not and would not have been overturned. Tate should also have been called for a terrible push-off, but how many of those do you see in hail mary situations. It simply never gets called!
The game was a good one, but it was marred by several calls and non-calls including Seattle's final drive when tight end Evan Moore was blatantly interfered with by Charles Woodson only to see no flag be tossed when guys were being flagged on both sides all night long for a lot less than the mugging that Woodson delivered. The consistency just isn't there.
A lot of bitching occurred in 1998 when Vinny Testaverde scored a touchdown for the Jets against the Seahawks when he clearly wasn't in----a play that resulted in instant replay being brought to the NFL and a lot of bitching occurred in Super Bowl 40 when the Steelers were handed the Super Bowl by referee Bill Leavy and crew after several terrible calls went against Seattle in a game that the American public years later say is the worst officiated performance they have ever seen.
Everyone wants the regular refs back and now every call that is missed by the officials is scrutinized to the point that Roger Goodell is being sent one message after another in every game that is played by announcers, analysts, fans, etc. etc. etc.
You win some and you lose some. You celebrate if your team wins and you bitch if your team loses. That will never change in pro sports. The winner Monday night was the Seahawks and as a Seahawks fan, I am taking it, but the loser was the NFL whose integrity once again takes a major hit.
By the way, can anyone tell me definitively that had the regular refs been in that the same result wouldn't have happened. Can you?
One other thing. Wouldn't it be nice if an NFL head coach had the personality of John Tortorella. With what we have seen over the past few weeks, we would have a rant for the ages!