Archive for October, 2009

Horrible Officiating Watch, Week 4

October 6, 2009

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Baltimore vs. New England Ron Winters and his officiating crew is by far the worst crew in the NFL. Just God awful, the NFL should be more than a little embarrassed by their performance in this game and just about every game they do. Horrible roughing the QB call on defensive end Haloti Ngata of the Ravens on a huge 3rd down incompletion early in the Ravens-Pats game, in which the Pats would go on to score a TD to take the lead. Tom Brady is out of the pocket and Ngata puts his hand up to block the pass and is called for barely touching Brady’s helmet. What is Ngata supposed to do in that situation? Change the way he plays and not put his hand up in fear that he’ll make incidental contact with a QB’s helmet thus giving the opposing offense more of an advantage? Ridiculous.

There’s another horrible roughing the QB call on LB Terrell Suggs when he barely makes any contact with Brady. I guess the NFL passed a memo to officials stating “Anyone that touches Brady will get flagged.” On this play, Brady actually waved to the official for a flag AND GOT IT. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WAY TO GO, WINTERS!

Phil Simms, who covered the Ravens-Pats game, is a compete moron when it comes to these horrible calls, stating “you can’t protect the players enough”, uh, it’s FOOTBALL, where guys are hitting each other at full speed and they do wear pads!! He says the “players will adapt to the new rules” and ruin the game in the process?? So far they haven’t “adapted” since some of these rules run totally opposite to what football is and what these guys have been taught throughout their careers as defensemen.

Another horrible call in the game was an offensive P.I. call on Ravens WR Derrick Mason on 1st down completion that is called back. There’s was no push off, just brief incidental contact as Mason ran an in and out route.

Also, it’s apparent that the Pats are allowed to run pick plays and never get called for it like some other teams.

I’m not one to put too much into “Spygate” I give the Pats full credit for their SB wins but this game was totally one-sided in terms of officiating, and it’s not the first time this year the officials favored the Pats in a game. The NFL should be embarrassed by this. It’s good to see Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioning it in his post-game press conference and some in the media pick up on it. Hopefully Winters and his crew are suspended. Doubtful, though since the NFL hasn’t done anything to improve officiating over the last few years.

In other games –

Seattle vs. Indianapolis – A lot of dubious illegal contact and holding calls on the Seahawks in the 1st half of the Seahawks-Colts game. Of course CBS never showed any replays of the penalties in question so we’ll just have to assume the officials did a great and fair job in some early crucial downs in the game(yeah, right).

New York Jets vs. New Orleans – Horrible helmet to helmet call on FS Darren Sharper in the Jets-Saints game where he lead with his shoulder. Just ridiculous.

Dallas vs. Denver – Horrible PI on Denver CB Andre Goodman(?) on a big third down incompletion in the 4th quarter giving the Cowboys a 1st down. If that’s pass interference then I guess any sort of contact at all between WR and CB is not allowed anymore in the NFL. If anything it was offensive pass interference with a push off from the Cowboys WR. Horrible job, officials.

The next play the Cowboys get a phantom holding call after a big run. I guess this is the NFL’s way of making up for the previous bad call? How about not calling the initial BS pass interference call on the previous play instead?

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Observations From the Pregame Shows, Week 4

October 4, 2009

ESPN – NFL Sunday Countdown

ESPN does a semi-interesting news story on the Redskins and why they suck. Of course it all goes back to Dan Snyder, one of the worst owners in the NFL. Thanks for pointing out the obvious, guys.

Tom Jackson points out that Denver has only given up 16 points in 3 games and he doesn’t care who the competition is, that’s impressive. Keyshawn Johnson counters that by pointing out they played JaMarcus Russell. Really that should discount one of Denver’s games from a defensive standpoint.

IBM Insight Center this week goes a little bit in-depth about the Steelers-Chargers game…For about a minute. Why isn’t this segment longer? It’s one of the only decent segments on this show. Merrill Hoge is one of the few in-depth and interesting guys on ESPN.

It goes back to the regular crew and they say a bunch of stupid stuff that the media has regurgitated for the last 10 years about how the Steelers need to go back to “Smashmouth Football”. No, actually the opposite, they need a new offensive coordinator and they need to throw it more in obvious run situations because they don’t have the O-line to run the ball down opponent’s throats.

Tom Jackson and Cris Carter actually do an interesting breakdown of the Jets-Saints game. Still not that in-depth but somewhat interesting.

Mike Ditka replies to the segment and I can’t understand a word.

I’m a little shocked, Sal Palantonio is actually covering a game that doesn’t involve the Eagles (are they playing this week? I think they are! It makes no sense). He’s interviewing John Harbaugh, coach of the Ravens, that man is a hell of a coach.

CBS NFL Today

Charlie “Hitman” Casserly points out that the Bucs are so bad on the O-line that they need a more mobile QB than Byron Leftwich to avoid the pass rush so they’ve switched QB’s to a complete unknown guy. Wow, that’s a new one if true.

CBS talks about who has more pressure on them in the Vikings-Packers game, Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers. Dan Marino stole the words right out of my mouth “Yeah, it’s hard to turn around and hand the ball off” in a reference to Favre handing the ball of the Adrian Peterson.

CBS crew actually does a really good but short break down of the Jets-Saints game. Why can’t they do that with every game?

FOX NFL on FOX

FOX does a story about TO getting a “raw deal” from the media…Hmmmm….That doesn’t seem to make any sense at all.

Jimmy Johnson brings up an interesting point about the Redskins and how they over spend for top talent and thus don’t have any other talented players on the team.

Talking about the Cowboys running game, Johnson notes at how big their O-line is. Strahan, who played them twice a year as a Giant, noted that he could never understand why they didn’t run the ball more. Now they are and they have the #1 running game in the NFL.

Now they’re showing Jay Glazer, it almost looks like his head has been inflated like a balloon.

Terry Bradshaw picks the Saints every week.

The Fox crew is doing their picks of the day and I swear that after watching their “banter” it has made me a little stupider.

Bobby’s Thoughts For The Week

October 1, 2009

I wish Jeff Fisher would grow back that sweet mullet he used to have. I think it could rub off on the Titans in a positive way.

It sure pisses me off when they go to a commercial break after a TD, then come back for the kick off only to go back to another commercial break after the play. That’s like 6 minutes of commercials for 1 minute of game time. Ridiculous.

I wish Jim Mora would come back to coaching. Too many boring coaches out there these days, the NFL needs some more characters on the sidelines.

Speaking of coaches, when Mike Nolan was still the head coach of the 49ers a couple years ago he occasionally dressed up in a suit and tie, looking classy and old school at the same time, and the NFL fined him for it!! Ridiculous.

I think it would be cool if the NFL set up a league for midgets and small people. I’d watch it. Call it the MFL or something.

NFL Network has to have the worst highlight show ever with Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders. It’s horrible. Beyond horrible. I think we can do a little better, NFL.

It seems like they show less replays in games these days. Instead it seems like the camera is always on some coach standing on the sidelines making the same face that he was making 30 seconds earlier when the camera was on him.

One time I woke up thinking it was Sunday only to realize it was only Thursday. I cried a little into my pillow.

Starting next week Footbally Fury will begin our very own Power Rankings, but for only the top 10 teams. There might also be a Bottom 5 as well.