Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bullshit Officiating Call of the Day (Updated with Video)

Watching the BYU/Washington game today...Washington drives 80 yards to make the score BYU 28 Washington 27 with 2 seconds left.

The officials call "unnecessary celebration", backing Washington up 15 yards on the extra point.

The extra point, a practical chip shot from the 10, is blocked from the 25.

Once again, college football officials keep thinking the game is about them. Instead of letting the players decide the game, and giving the fans the opportunity to see an overtime finish, some weak-ass official is feeling all important now because he applied the rules.

Because you know...rules ARE rules.

What a crock of shit. When the game story is available, I'll link to it.

Even sportswriters are full of crap sometimes:

Jake Locker drove the Huskies 76 yards in 17 plays, capped by his 2-yard plunge to pull Washington within one. But Locker was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the touchdown; replays showed Locker throwing the ball in the air before jumping with his teammates in the end zone.

Uh no. Locker did not "throw the ball in the air". He flipped it casually over his shoulder. His celebration was no more "excessive" than any of the celebrations following the games other 7 touchdowns.

You DON'T make that call in this situation. You let the players decide the game.

Unless of course you are a self-important shit-head of an official who thinks he's why everyone came to see the game.

Update: Oh. The celebration rule was a "point of emphasis" for officials this year. Which means the officials are just looking for an excuse to call it.

The Last Word... Asswipe Pac 10 official Larry "Fine" Farina has a defense for his poor judgement...he apparently isn't allowed to show ANY judgement in cases like this:

"After scoring the touchdown, the player threw the ball into the air and we are required, by rule, to assess a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty," Pac-10 referee Larry Farina said in a statement give to Washington officials. "It is a celebration rule that we are required to call. It was not a judgment call."

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