Shit, it beats the Blaine Gabbert QB non-controversy. Or where Colin Kaepernick (Philly) will land. Once again, the refs are the major back-story for a lot of disgruntled teams this last weekend. The Niners crew of Pete Morelli was dismissed from working next Sunday night’s Cowboys/Redskins game in favor of some backwater game because of their myriad fuckups last Sunday.
The NFL admitted last Tuesday that Sammy Watkins got out of bounds in the closing seconds of what turned out to be their loss to the Pats last week. What should have been a 1st down with 0:02 seconds left was instead ruled by the ref that the clock should run. Since this was the last play of the game, I guess there’s no replay allowed. Everyone runs away. This game also saw the worst call I’ve ever witnessed in my 45 years of watching football, and that was the whistle blown by the side judge DURING a play. It took a TD away from New England, and took the refs nearly 5 minutes to figure out how to fix. Which they didn’t.
The Niner game was yet another game in a litany of horribly officiated games, but we all know what happened there. I will add Bruce Arians’ comment, though regarding explanations for their multiple errors: “They were just running out of them,” he said. “It was a FUBAR on their part. They can try to explain it. They’re wrong.”
Now we get last night’s game. One where a very questionable offensive pass interference call on Gronkowski negated a 10 yard completion on a 3rd and 5 play. Seeing as this was late in the 4th quarter, this completely changed the game. Much like the phantom roughing the passer call on Quinton Dial.
If the NFL is going to keep the refs going in this manner, there will be another revolt similar to the replacement ref fiasco of 3 years ago. Look around NFL sites these days, and half the articles are about how bad the officiating is. What the NFL needs to do is either get these guys full time jobs so they can learn how to collectively and singularly do their jobs better, or put these game-changing calls under review. A couple more reviewable calls won’t change the length of games too much, and maybe these fuckers will get this shit right.
Either that, or the darker side of all the money swirling around betting, DFS, and point spreads is quietly altering games to their advantage.