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  1. CountChocula

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    Per PFT:

    COMMISH TOOK KEEN INTEREST IN PATS-COLTS OFFICIATING

    Jay Glazer of FOX reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a closed-door one-on-one with NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira to review all of the calls from last weekend's greatest . . . game . . . ever.

    The Patriots-Colts contest featured numerous bad calls against New England. Curiously, however, there has been little mention of the horrendous calls in the media. (Some Internet hack who also writes for SportingNews.com mentioned it last Sunday.)

    Among other things, Pats receiver Randy Moss was called for offensive pass interference on a play in which he apparently didn't even touch the defender. Also, New England cornerback Ellis Hobbs was flagged for defensive pass interference after he was tackled by Colts wideout Reggie Wayne.

    League insiders have attributed the phenomenon to one of three dynamics. First, the zebras simply got the calls wrong. Second, the officials were subconsciously influenced by the reputation of Colts G.M. Bill Polian for going bonkos when calls don't go his team's way. Third, the guys in black and white were subconsciously influenced by all of the criticism of the Pats for cheating and running up the score.

    If the real explanation is the last one, the Pats might want to be ready for more bad calls moving forward. Their recent actions and decisions are making the Patriots into a team that is perceived by some as "bad guys," and the end result could be a chronic case of some of the same bad calls that teams like the Raiders have seen over the years.

    You know, like the tuck rule play, from the game that arguably spawned the Patriots' dynasty.

    Still, the point here is that the Commish seems to be intent on keeping factors like that from influencing the outcome of games.
     
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    My ******* God. Christ! Can we please ******* lay off it with the Tuck Rule Bull****! As the rule is written the ******* call is correct. Move along folks, nothing to see here.

    But it's good to hear there is some attempt at accountability.
     
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    He told them not to make it so obvious next time.:rolleyes:
     
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    As he should.................. it was the worst officiated game I've ever seen. Sh!tty calls are part of the game, but there has to some semblance of balance to them.
     
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    Well I'm glad he is at least taking SOME kind of official action. That was the worst officiating I've seen in YEARS. And the whole NATION saw that game. Goodell can't afford to have the credibility of NFL games look tainted by partisan officiating. Hopefully this minimizes the one sidedness of officiating against the Pats in the future.
     
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    Yeah, I mean, it wouldn't be so bad if the Colt and Pats both got flagged for about the same number of yards. But when you have a difference of 121 penalty yards it's blatantly obvious that the refs were calling more penalties on one team and not the other.

    The leg whip, one of the PI calls, and a couple of other flags were legit. But even little things where they called the Pats for illegal procedure even though Hochstein checked into the game as an eligible receiver and the neutral zone infraction where a Colt flinched and the defensive players reacted but then reset before the snap. That's not even mentioning the horrible spots they were giving to the Colts and the called in-bound catch that the Pats had to challenge to get the call right.

    Hopefully, Goodell set the zebras straight...We can only hope.

    EDIT: All I want is for the officiating to be consistent.
     
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    You mean, none of the PI calls. Hobbs was tackled and Samuel had good position. There must have been another call I don't know about.
     
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    Gee, I'm relieved to see that league insiders didn't speculate the poor performance might have anything to do with insuring the under or not covering the spread...:rolleyes:

    Maybe when the official crews to come hear of this sit down with their boss and his boss they will think twice about throwing phantom flags or conversely ignoring opponents blatent transgressions.
     
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    At least this shows Goodell isn't blind. Having the most watched regular season game in 20 years also be the most poorly officiated is not good for business.

    I agree it does a disservice when you write about bad calls and then bring up the tuck rule, a correct call which (contrary to popular opinion) was called numerous times that year during the regular season.
     
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    yeah..the good ol' ex Jet employee commish looked into it..."what? Indy got all the calls and all the made up ones too??? oh well...that's fine!!!....integrity of the game is at stake. Tony...can you ask Peytie for an autograph for me?..."
     
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    or it could be just to appease the critics and nothing will change
     
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    Nothing will happen unless he can find a cashed check from NaPolian. And that just won't happen.
    Bill uses cash.:p
     
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    That's because anything Pro-Patriot and Anti-Colt doesn't fit the media's agenda. It's been jaw dropping to watch this agenda in action.
     
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    Exactly. Anything pro-patriot simply doesn't follow the script.
     
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    The thing is that the Pats beat the Colts in Indy despite crowd noise and bad officiating. Going forward, the crowd won't be enhanced and the calls won't be so bad, so things can only get better.
     
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    Goodell: "Dammit, Pereira! The Colts were SUPPOSED to beat the Patriots, and your fools didn't get the job done! What's worse, they looked bad screwing things up. People are suspicious."

    Pereira: "Boss, it's not my fault. They had explicit instructions going into the game. Hobbes and Moss were obvious targets because of past history, we thought we were safe ... "

    Goodell: "THOUGHT we were SAFE?! My God man, these officials of yours are supposed to be PROFESSIONALS! When I issue an edict I EXPECT it to be carried through, without screwing up for all the nation to see."

    Pereira: "All I can say is, we can try again. I just don't know when we might have another believable opportunity with this team. Belichick has these guys playing so well."

    Goodell: "Don, what is your take on this?"

    Shula: "Well, there's the Steelers game. Even the Giants, but you've got to hope that one means something to New York or else it won't be convincing enough."

    Goodell: "I don't know what to do at this point. I got an earful from Polian afterward after promising him we'd take care of things, then he gets found out on the amplified crowd noise ... This week has been one big pain in the ass. And Pereira, it all comes back to you and your bumbling rookie crew."

    Pereira: "Boss, that was the point of it all -- a rookie crew is EXPECTED to make 'mistakes.' Inexperience leading to blown calls was going to serve as an unspoken explanation for people questioning their role in the Patriots losing. Problem is, there's only so much you can do against players like Moss, Brady and Colvin."

    Goodell: "You're on notice, Pereira. You've got one week to come up with another plan. And I'd better like it. Anything you want to add to this Don? ... Don?"

    Shula: "I need to go change my diaper."
     
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    Goodell must've read the Simmons article and thought "aww ****, I thought this was going to go away, but it looks like I'm actually going to have to address it..."
     
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    Goodell: "I'll instruct Eric to deploy Plan B."
     
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    Amazing how one correct call vaulted us to three superbowls.
     
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    That's why I love the Patriots to blow the Colts out if the two meet again in January. It won't matter if the Colts have Marvin Harrison, George Harrison and Harrison Ford on the field that day. The double digit win most thought would happen for the Patriots last Sunday will happen in January IF the Colts make it that far.
     
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