In what looks like a life ago, I made the following statement on a Las Vegas radio show in the late 1980s, “The referees have been on the field to insure that the players tend not to determine the results of the game!” While during the time that I made the quotation “tongue in cheek,” time has proven that maybe it is the right time to carry out my tongue of my anus?
Each Wednesday, I watch the last weekend’s games by which I touch on any number of the “Bad Beats and Lucky Wins” in the pro and college football. While there were lots of bad beats and blessed wins this CFB weekend (and some in the NFL as well), you start with the Kansas/Toledo game on Friday (in addition, if you’d Kansas you got robbed-I’d Toledo!)) , I wish to change my focus with this week’s column.
It should have been a memorable day but it turned into am embarrassment.
BYU played at Boston College at a 12 noon ET start รับพนันบอล although both teams had a chance to win in regulation, the replay official ‘stole’ a triumph for BC in the 2nd OT period. Down on 30-23, BYU needed a pass nearly intercepted by BC on its potential game-tying drive. The MWC official on the field ruled incomplete because the ball hit the ground. From the booth, without anything resembling Allergic evidence, the ACC official overturned the telephone, giving the win to your home (ACC) team. It also gave Boston College that the ATS win.
LSU was denied that a first-and-goal late in the fourth quarter when the replay official heralded the call on the field. The heterosexual man said Auburn’s pass-interference happened after the tip and also had been allowable. But, replays clearly revealed the end coming AFTER the hindrance. Auburn should have been punished and LSU awarded the very first down.
On a weekend of awful officiating, the Oklahoma/Oregon game had the worst of the worst. In that game, officials had two opportunities to find yourself a replay right but missed both calls. Oregon volunteered using a last minute touch down and an extremely controversial 34-33 triumph (Oregon was favored by 4 1/2 or five points, therefore the ATS winner was not effected). Here’s how it ended.
Oregon trailed 33-20 but played 1:16 remaining in the match to close to 33-27. Oregon tried an onside kick but a Duck player c-l-e-a-r-l-y cried with the ball before it’d gone the necessary 10 yards. However, the replay officials missed that call and gave Oregon ownership. The bigger crime nevertheless, was that whether or not the ball did or maybe not move the required 10 metres was irrelevant (it DIDN’T!) , as the ball has been recovered by an Oklahoma player anyway! .
This usually means the interference was allowable but just if officials saw that the tip. Of course they missed it on the field, also! From the replay booth, staring at exactly the exact same re-play you and that I saw, they missed it!
The replay official allegedly lives in Portland. Now I am not planning to say that the playoff official from Oregon blatantly missed just two calls to benefit Oregon, because that will make him a cheater. But, I’m saying that the playoff official from Oregon overlooked two calls despite irrefutable proof! Incompetent, I guess. In all three of the above mentioned scenarios, the mistakes gained the home group, or your home team’s summit (which assigns the officials).
It seems fair to me, we must question. Do officials become caught up at the minute, in the excitement, and reduce their composure and their proficiency? Do subconscious biases and only their league’s schools change what they’re seeing with their very own eyes? All these are ugly questions that the NCAA wants we wouldn’t ask. However, they are questions which, after last weekend, we have to ask!
“Errors were made rather than adjusted, and we apologize for the University of Oklahoma, trainer Bob Stoops and his players,” Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen said in an statement. “They played with an outstanding college football game, as did Oregon, and it’s regrettable that the upshot of the competition was influenced by the officiating.” Both replay official and the on-field officials were frozen for a game.
Nice try Tom. The trouble is, Oklahoma’s been saddled with a devastating loss while Oregon not only gets an undeserved win but is rewarded by moving up from No. 18 in the Coaches’ poll to No. 1-2, while Oklahoma dropped from No. 11 to No. 16. If you don’t understand, the coaches’ survey makes up onethird of a schools’ BCS ranking. No apology may alter those facts.
I began this piece with a few of my more memorable quotes and I’ll close it with the most useful one I watched that this weekend. It comes in CBS Sportsline.com columnist Gregg Doyel. He opined “Eliminate playoffs completely — to the subject, off the field, within my family space, everywhere. Why? Because I’d rather THINK the officials have been blowing a match than KNOW IT! . Well said Gregg!