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I lived in Madison for 9 years, loved it. Converted to Packers from, well, Seahawks. So, mixed feelings about that call. At full speed, looks a lot different than slow replay, which didn't count. Tate pushed off? Who was looking at that at the time?
   BUT--if the real refs made that call, it would be a really bad call, that's it. It would not merit POTUS attention or calls for lawsuits. The Seahawks lost a Super Bowl due to really bad calls; an interference call was not made against GB that might have settled the issue...it happens.
   More than that, for decades I have heard broadcasters assert that refs could call holding on virtually every play if they wanted, interference nearly all the time, but to keep the game moving, they don't call all of those infractions.
   There were 24 penalties called Monday night. It seems that rather than missing calls, the amateur refs are MAKING calls, calls the players are used to assuming won't be made. Just saying, but maybe the players should play within the rules.

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  •  hoksila - did you watch the MNF game (1+ / 0-)
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    kevinpdx

    There were some really awful calls.

    The GB DB in the end zone play made a fundamental mistake. Shortly after Pop Warner we all are coached to never intercept a Hail Mary. Depending where you are in the end zone you are taught to spike the ball down or flip it out of the back of the end zone. It is drilled into your head to never intercept for the very reason of the potential simultaneous reception rule. However, it was an interception.

    The worst call was the pass interference on the final drive. There are four elements that an official looks for in calling pass interference and the GB DB was guilty of none of them. He was not impeding the forward progress of the receiver, he had inside position, he was playing the ball, and he was the first to touch the ball. In 50 years of playing, coaching, officiating, and watching football that was the worst pass interference call I have ever seen. When the ball is in the air the defensive player has the same right to catch the ball as the offensive player.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 06:02:47 PM PDT

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