Enough with the Bad Calls

by Ryan on February 7, 2006

in Sports

I’m not one to usually complain about this, but the NFL has had a series of bad calls, especially in the playoffs, benefiting every team one way or another. I was upset about a pass interference call against the Pats in the Divisional playoffs against the Broncos, but liked one of the later calls that went the Patriot’s way later that game. The Pats lost, but it was because of their performance, not the refs.

Now, Mike Holmgren went off in Seattle in front of the disappointed Seahawks fans about three particularly bad calls by the refs in the Super Bowl. There were bad calls: Hasselbeck’s “block”, the non-touchdown by Big Ben, etc. But even though the Seahawks kept it close early, the Steelers just plain beat them, calls or not.

As a Pats fan, and a fan of the “tuck” rule, I didn’t want to hear the bellyaching from the Raiders back in the 2001-02 playoff snow game. If the game is going to come down to just a call or two, victory was probably not that certain and calls in those cases were just as likely to go your way as well. Enough of that! They beat you, Seattle. Cope. You’re as bad as libs! Beat them next year.

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Mike February 7, 2006 at 2:58 pm

NFL officiating is just as bad as the officiating in professional wrestling. If it gets any worse, it will be as bad as the NBA.

First, the tuck rule. Then the AFC title game where they decide the Pats D can interfere with every pass thrown. Now they award Pittsburgh a TD even Big Ben says he didn’t deserve, flag Elisabeth’s brother in law for a legit block, call back a TD on a poor pass int. call etc. etc. etc.

I agree that bad calls always even out OVER THE COURSE OF A SEASON, but there should be an insistence that refs call a game according to the rules.

Yes MLB, that means a textbook definition of the strike zone.


Mike February 7, 2006 at 2:59 pm

And no I am not a Seattle fan


Mike February 7, 2006 at 3:06 pm

I’d also like to distinguish this from liberals on election nights. The calls complained of really were bad calls.

To compare Holmgren to an election night liberal, he would have to claim with a straight face that the Seahawks really scored six touchdowns we didn’t see because Karl Rove used secret Haliburton technology to block the satellite signal sent to our televisions. Of course, this satellite signal was operated by the Saudi royal family’s Diebold-powered remote control which was operated from 2 miles beneath the President’s Crawford ranch. You never heard this before, c’mon it was on Olbermann every night for a month.


The Iconoclast February 8, 2006 at 2:47 pm

Quick note on the Tuck Rule. That was the right call. A line has to be drawn in terms of “almost throws” and that’s the line that the NFL has drawn (and kept since 2002).

I’d also call your attention to this link. If you watch carefully you can see Charles Woodson deliver a viscious headslap to Brady, which is almost always called. So, in actuality, the Pats were robbed of a first down.

Check at the video at:



Mike February 8, 2006 at 3:35 pm

I never questioned the existence of the tuck rule. I question the application of the tuck rule to that play.


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