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Hope the guy is suspended. If it were me, and that was my profession, I'd deserve suspension. I think he just didn't want to admit he was wrong. My problem is (like in baseball for example) why didn't the other refs confer with him and tell him "Dude, WTF are you looking at?"
Very hard to believe. What worries me is I believe these were Pac12 officials. I believe it will be Pac12 for the title game.
I think as a fan of the game we are owed and should demand an explanation. One person in stripes should not be allowed to take control in an attempt to dictate their desired outcome no matter what took place on the field.
He basically dropped his pants right there on national TV and took a massive dump on the sport we all love. I am personally offended by what happened.
This post was edited by IcanBEATali 18 months ago
Well I am glad he missed the call, because if it is correctly ruled as a turnover on downs we don't get to see Clowney decapitate that Michigan running back! That call probably added a little motivation for Clowney to get the ball back!
Thank you. I'm glad we have someone who's willing to consider the possibility that he just got it wrong. These things happen. Sometimes they just screw up. Look at the Hail Mary in GB-SEA. Missed block in the back, missed offensive pass interference, interception called a touchdown. Those refs weren't rooting for Seattle. They were just incompetent.
In this case, he messed up and then refused to give in and admit his mistake. He's jeopardizing his career over this - you really think he'd do that to help Michigan win an exhibition game?
As I mentioned in the other thread about this, everyone was panicking over the Big 12 refs last year because of Oklahoma State and they called one penalty on us the entire game, late in the fourth quarter with us up 21-0.
Refs have been awful in the pac10 for most of the last 10 years. Its going to be a badly called game for both sides I'm afraid.
That was the worst call I've seen in a half century of football.
Has there been any explanation from their league head of referees? Or do they have one? Is there a BCS referee organization or committee that oversees such things? That goes WAY beyond being a "bad call"
This wasn't a BCS game.
Technically when it's that close, he's supposed to take his laminated game card from his pocket, (what they record the team TOs and scoring for the game) and run it along the inside (on the football side) of the front stake to see if there is a gap or not...if the card touches the ball its a first down, if its not, turnover on downs. To me, there was at least an inch or inch and a half gap there. Mr. Clowney took care of it however.
Nope...worse call would be at Penn State on Preston Gothard's TD catch back in the 80's that would have won the game with 11 secs left when Mike Guman's (former RB for PSU) uncle was the covering official.
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