Friday, September 19, 2008

I would never

email an apology people who had emailed me hate mail after a blown call. (And, in all seriousness, that could happen to any of us at any level.)

I can't believe that Hochuli did just that. I can't decide whether it makes him incredibly caring or nuts. Maybe both.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

How to handle a blown call

No huge conspiracy theorists. No yelling about an "officiating crisis." Just legitimate criticism of a great ref who blew a big call.

Ed Hochuli is a stud. He'll always be a stud. But he missed a big one today, I'm afraid, calling what should have been a fumble by Denver quarterback Jay Cutler an incomplete pass. Because he blew his whistle and ended the play by calling the pass incomplete, all a replay review could do was give Denver the ball back a few yards further back. You can't unring a bell, you can't unsay a word, and you can't unblow a whistle.

I girded up my loins for a huge backlash.

Actually, what I've seen hasn't been that bad.

Here's Norv Turner's quote from this article:

"On the last play it was clearly a fumble, clear to everyone on our sideline and I'm sure to the fans. Ed said he blew it, and that is not to me acceptable."

Not a damn thing wrong with any of this. I'd bet a chunk of my next paycheck that Hochuli would agree with every word of it.

Cris Collinsworth, at halftime of the night game, was similar. He pointed out the mistake, said that Hochuli is one of the best officials in the NFL, and pointed out how unfortunate the error was, particularly to the Chargers.

No name-calling. No misunderstanding of a rule. No Chicken Little breathless crap.

Just saying "He's a good official, and he blew it, and it's bad that he blew it."

I hope this reasonableness lasts.

(I doubt it will.)

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