Monday, September 15, 2008

What was that about judged sports?

Okay, let us hear no more about the difference between gymnastics and American football. The capriciousness of judges decides the winner in each sport.

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Incidentally, I would love to see all the gamblers who lost money on the San Diego - Denver game file a class action lawsuit against the NFL and Ed Hochuli.

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Finally I think that unless XWL takes the preferences of NFL officials (both on and off the field) into account he has no chance of breaking even in his picks.

2 comments:

XWL said...

Actually, even with that crap in Denver, I'm 2-2 on my weekly picks, and 8-6 this week on my seasonal picks, so no matter what Dallas does, I'll be at least better than .500 in both for weeks one and two combined.

But, yeah, good thing I didn't have real money on San Diego.

Hochuli made an understandable error, and in the closing minutes, refs are instructed to blow a quick whistle on plays like that so they don't waste time with someone running half way to the opposite goal on an obvious non-fumble play.

Just, this time it wasn't so obviously a non-fumble. He blew it, he admitted it right away, and there is no remedy other than spotting the ball at the spot where the fumble occured.

The honorable thing to do would have been for Denver to do a couple of kneel downs, and turn the ball over on downs, but then the Denver fans would have been going crazy.

Plus, all San Diego had to do was defend the back of the endzone better, that's two weeks in a row they were beaten with a similar play.

San Diego should be upset, but no whining, both losses shouldn't have been close, their offense is playing well, but their defense is completely incapable of pressuring QBs right now, and it's going to cost them in these situations.

Icepick said...

Hochuli made an understandable error, and in the closing minutes, refs are instructed to blow a quick whistle on plays like that so they don't waste time with someone running half way to the opposite goal on an obvious non-fumble play.

That's unacceptable. The refs can reset the clock if someone burns time off running the other direction. Furthermore, the refs have been instructed for over TEN YEARS now to avoid blowing the whistle too fast, so they can cover their asses with replay. They can't blow it fast in the critical situations and not blow it at all the rest of the game.

Finally, Hochuli was perfectly placed to see the play - if he can't see the one thing going on in front of him that is his primary responsibility, then he SHOULD GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE GAME! Barring that, the NFL should fire his ass.

No, I see too much crap like this in games these days. The dual screw jobs in Denver were particularly bad, but every other game I watch seems to be decided by blown calls. The NFL has become unwatchable, and I have no intention of watching any more of their crappy games.