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24 Sep 2012

MMQB: Replacements Again a Story

This week, Peter King addresses -- what else? -- the sad state of officiating in the NFL. Plus, thoughts on Torrey Smith and his tribute to Steve Sabol.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 24 Sep 2012

4 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2012, 10:21am by Jerry F.


by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 2:27pm

Really liked the memories of Sabol, particularly Mayock's. A very nice touch.

by Bjorn Nittmo :: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 3:45pm

I love how Peter (in the piece on Jerry Reese) says "Patience wins in the NFL. Impetuousness rarely does..." And for evidence of Reese's draft wisdom he cites Andre Brown (1.5 good games in 4 years) and Ramses Barden (1 in 4 years).

by ab (not verified) :: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 4:52pm

From Deadspin, explaining the ineptitude we are currently wathcing:

" one came after the Vikings' Toby Gerhart was ruled down by contact on an early whistle, before he dropped the football. Harbaugh took his final timeout and told Roan that he was using the timeout to challenge the play, because he thought Gerhart had fumbled. You can't do that—you have to throw the red flag and risk losing a timeout. You don't get to call timeout first.

But Roan obligingly reviewed the play—and even though the replay showed Gerhart losing the ball after the whistle had been blown, he reversed the call and ruled it a fumble. So he awarded the Niners the ball and a free extra timeout. I bet he'd make a fabulous grandparent.

Got that? The scab refs blew the whistle too early, negating a fumble. Then they wrongly granted a replay challenge of the play. Then they wrongly overturned the play."

by Jerry F. (not verified) :: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 10:21am

The regular refs sometimes forget the meaning of the word "indisputable," but not nearly so often as these guys. They're overturning things that are way, way too questionable--like that Titans catch that supposedly hit the ground yesterday.