Member Milestone: This is post number 600 for Bluesbro.
Originally posted by HearstFan:
This had to be one of the most blatantly bad calls I've seen in a while. Why wouldn't the league crack down on officials making such bad calls?
1. Whitner hit on Jackson was clearly legal - changed the game right there by putting Falcons at the goal line.
2. They called a hands to the face on Brock (?) when there clearly were no hands to the face
3. They let the Falcon's kicker kick a practice field goal after the whistle during a timeout - blatant infraction. Even the snap of the ball was well after the whistle. How could they not flag this?
And there were other bad calls.
Here are my responses to your examples by number.
1. Yep, bad call ... Whitner has a reputation and the violence of that hit will probably draw a flag from now on. The NFL is facing lawsuits into the billions because of concussion related isssues of past players, so this will probably be the case from here on. It was a bad call though, and a great hit by the Whit.
2. It was probably a ticky-tack call, but he did get his hands in the mask briefly. The issue with calls like this is that they are never consistently called. And when they are they can be game changers, which will ignite the conspiracy theorists.
3. Not sure about this one. If there is a rule,. I never heard of it. And it was close enough to the whistle that I have no problem with it anyway. I think this is a non issue.
4. You forgot one. The holding on Whitner in the end zone on Gonzales TD, and the roughing the passer against Ryan on the same play. Both of those calls were bogus, and if anything it was offensive PI on Gonzales. You could tell Gruden had to swallow his tongue to not say anything ... and he still intimated that he did not agree with either.
Now, to be fair about things ... how about the PI by the linebacker on Boldin that extended a drive. That call was atrocious. To be honest, I was sort of glad the 49ers got a FG only, because if they got rewarded with 7 points on such a bad call it just would have felt wrong.
I do not believe in conspiracies, but I do believe in human bias and limitations. The game is too fast and intricate for these refs to officiate. It is that simple. And I think the home filed advantage works to bias the refs some. How could it not? There will ahve to be some type of revamping of the system, or it will become irrelevant under the weight of scrutiny. Too much at stake on these games now to leave it to human error.