NFL’s Wildcard Weekend: Epic Failure

I watch a lot of football and this NFL’s Wildcard Weekend was something to behold with three games being snoozers and one game possibly having the outcome changed by the officials.

During Saturday’s game between Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers, I found myself hoping the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would walk out to midfield and call the game because of poor play, shoddy officiating, and terrible announcing by ESPN’s Mike Tirico.

Little did I know that substandard officiating would play a big role in the Detroit/Dallas game late Sunday afternoon.

Goodell should tell his private pilot to get the jet ready for a trip to Detroit today to apologize to the Lions and their fans for what was done to their team on Sunday.

Here is what happened, courtesy of ESPN:

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“Golden Tate 24 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson”

The Green Bay Packers played a horrible game (especially in the first half), but appeared they would pull out a close win against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.

Until the last play.

The official scoring summary will read “Golden Tate 24 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick).”

Final: Seahawks 14, Packers 12.

What happened on that scoring play was that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate pushed a Green Bay defender out of the way and wrestled with safety M.D. Jennings for the ball. Seattle was awarded a touchdown on the final play. With that touchdown, the hatred for replacement referees peaked (especially in Cheesehead world).

Both players had their hands on the ball and Jennings looked like he had the most control with two hands on the ball. The consensus around the country is that it was an interception and not a touchdown and that it was a terrible call.

Of course, the closest referee looking down at the players on the ground had a better angle for the play. After seeing most of the replays, I did not see a replay where one could see the ball through the whole play. Mike Tirico calling the game for ESPN said the catch was “simultaneous.” Continue reading

Just Football…

OK, we’ve got week one of the NFL season under our belts and half of the teams are losers.  That means there’s only about a 25% chance those “losers” will make the playoffs – that’s a cold hard fact.

We also have a couple weeks of college football in the books and even the high schools are well into their seasons.

My eyes are a little tired this morning – it all started Thursday night with the NFL kickoff and ended with a Monday Night Football doubleheader about midnight (in the Mountain Time Zone) with the Raiders beating the Broncos.

So after the first full weekend of football, here are some of the games, the teams, and the people that caught my attention from the pros all the way down to the high school – read on… Continue reading