said by Rook008:
I know I've bitched about the new refs and I know they aren't as good as the guys they replaced, but come on with this one play over and over and over.
Even if it was the original refs making the call, I think it would have come out the same way. Every announcer who called the game live seemed to think it was a simultaneous catch when it happened, but after watching the replay, all of a sudden it's an interception and the game is ruined by the refs and everyone is all sad about the death of the game. Give me a break.
I tend to agree. I've seen similar instances called 'simultaneous catch' before-- nevermind that the DB had about 98% of the simultanousness in his possession.
What's worse is all the other stuff surrounding that play-- that obvious offensive pass interference goes uncalled, that it takes forever to review the play, that officials have to go into locker rooms to get players back on the field for the meaningless extra-point. (Meaningless this time, anyway. Next time, maybe covering/not covering the point-spread is at stake.)
What's also worse is the way games are being officiated in general terms-- no consistency in the way penalties are called, and a whole lot of dirty, or at least improper, play being allowed. Something that's a penalty one minute is perfectly fine 10 minutes later, and vice-versa.
Mass confusion seems to reign after almost every flag, and these officials are obviously not well familiar with many of the NFL rules.
There was also apparently not much of a 'vetting' process during hiring. The female ref, it has come to light, for example, likes to hang around casinos and play in the World Series Of Poker. I think we all know how the league feels about players and officials who enjoy gambling, eh? And the way that might affect a flag being dropped or not on occasion here and there.
Bottom line is the regular refs are far from perfect, but they are men among boys when it comes to comparison with the people who are currently officiating the games. One of the fellows who made the game-ending Seattle/Green Bay call was deemed not qualified enough for Division 1 college football a couple of years ago.
But bitch & moan, and regardless of who's playing, who's owning, who's commissionering, or who's refereeing, seats will be filled and TVs turned on-- because we loves our football, yes we do, and nobody's going to stop watching, stop rooting, walk out of any game, or watch 'Heidi' instead on a Sunday afternoon. We're hooked, and the NFL knows it. Bitching & moaning about calls every game is the norm anyway.
Go ahead, stop watching. The NFL dares us.
Meanwhile, enjoy the bitching & moaning. As they say, no such thing as bad publicity.