Originally posted by RDB4216:
The automatic ejection is only if the refs rule the contact was intentional. Was there contact, yes. So the 15 yard penalty is given. but to then rule that was intentional and say "Oh we HAD to eject him, it's a rule" is just stupid. It's also one thing to seperate two players going at it, it's something else to single out one of those players and shove your elbow in his chest. I really think Smith, once he realized he was being tossed, should have shown the official what a REAL shove looked like.
This seems like it's been a really bad year for refs, and has had me thinking. i think they really need to institute a rue that says you can't be an NFL ref unless you have PLAYED in the NFL. Maybe that way the ref would realize that a 300 pound man running at a 4.4 speed can't stop on a dime. Maybe that same rule should apply to NFL execs (looking at you, Goodell...looking at you!).
Yeah, the penalty was automatic, but the ejection was automatic based on the ruling that it was intentional. Pretty obvious that the league does not agree with that ruling. So, Justin Smith really should not have been ejected from that game. I think that DeFelice was being a hot head and he literally pushed the issue. I agree that you can't single out a player like that, especially after they are already separated.
I was so pissed watching the game on my 54'' plasma because in high definition I could see the refs eyes and he wasn't thinking straight. He was trying to start s**t with Justin, in my opinion. Just the way he came back to get in Justin's face after the contact made it obvious that DeFelice was not under control and Justin was
because Justin backed off as soon as he saw it was a ref.
I'm proud of Justin, even if he did lose his temper with the TE and that's what caused the separation and "tunnel vision" that lead to him touching the ref. I know I would have lost it if that pompous prick did that to me. I really did half expect Justin to rip DeFelice's head off all Sub-Zero fatality style. A small part of me hoped he would, but rationally... it wouldn't be worth it. Damn rationality.
I think the refs being former players is an interesting idea. It would be tough, though... former players would probably be even more hot headed. I totally agree with the idea that these clowns don't understand the game. You'd think they would get it if us fans can, yeah? I never even played myself (organized, anyway), so it's a bit absurd that you see penalties like the one Lawson got because that little b***h Orton dropped to the ground in the middle of a perfect form tackle.
As far as Goodell, he's made some good decisions (trying to clean up the image of NFL players, mostly), but it looks like he's making a lot of really bad ones now. I don't think the helmet contact rule actually had anything to do with safety concerns. It was more related to the press covering the effects of concussions and their increased frequency, which forced his hand to maintain the image The League wants and also because it will be an issue with the CBA, especially negotiations about medical care after retirement. Obviously Goodell doesn't give a s**t about player safety if the reports are true that The League and owners won't budge on the negotiations until the Players Union gives in to the 18 game season. We all know that's just asking for more injuries and shorter careers. Bunch of bulls**t....
Sorry to rant on about something so negative....
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