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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Zebras stood out Monday night

Not that it would have changed the outcome, but I watched a tape of Monday's game, and I was surprised by the number of questionable calls by the officials, led by referee Larry Nemmers.
The ones that stood out:

* How could they rule that TE Jermaine Wiggins did not catch that first-down pass from Brad Johnson? Brad Childress even gave Nemmers and his crew a chance to make things right. But they upheld the decision. Wiggins clearly took at least two steps before having the ball jarred out of his hands and out of bounds.
The Vikings went for it on fourth down, and they had a pass tipped. The score was 24-7 at the time.

* After a 27-yard catch later in the third, Patriots RB Corey Dillon heaves the ball across the field, toward the Vikings' sideline. Didn't look like very sportsmanlike conduct to me.

* After that, on second and 10, Vikings safety Darren Sharper appeared to touch Patriots TE Ben Watson. That the pass pass sailed way out of bounds doesn't matter on an illegal contact penalty. But that looked like a marginal call, as well.

The two penalties I am on the fence about:

* In the second quarter, Vikings WR Travis Taylor was called for offensive pass interference, after his eight-yard catch for a third down. He appeared to bump the defender, but I'm not sure that it was pass interference. The Vikings had a third-and-13 instead of a first down, and they ended up punting.

* I also could not really tell whether the refs missed the holding/ pass interference on running back Mewelde Moore on Johnson's key first-quarter interception near the goal line. Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi appeared to run into Moore, but he was not flagged.

What do you think? Did the refs call a good game?


Blogger SotaSportsGuy said...

I was at the game, so the only replays I saw were on the scoreboard. They re-played Wiggins catch multiple times and I agree, he clearly caught the ball, took a couple of steps and then had the ball stripped. I'm not sure how they didn't overturn the call. The other play I can comment on is Corey Dillon's heave. He fired the ball essentially from one sideline to the other in obvious anger. It clearly should have been unsportsmanlike conduct.
By the way Sean, you are a far better man than I am if you had the courage to watch that game a second time!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Sean Jensen said...

LOL. I had to make sure it was as bad as I thought. One player said wins are never as good as they look and losses are never as bad. But that loss was pretty bad -- twice.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Sean Jensen said...

Sorry you had to endure that live... and pay for it.

6:03 PM  
Blogger gopats204-21 said...

just thought you might welcome a "pats fan" view. I often sit after games and wonder if my "homer" outlook has taken away my ability to be objective on ref calls.. in short i think you are pretty much on target...the refs sucked the other night...Yep Dillon shoulda got a flag it was surprise there right? Sharper /Watson call..that was uncatchable ...les Sharper can juimp15 feet vertical..bas call//Taylor call..very marginal ..looked like a bump at best...Bruschi contact..I will give it to Bruschi as running in to and a no flag (NOTE: disclaimer I wear 54 Bruschi everygame so take my view as you see fit..i dont blame ya.. the Wiggins call..I hate that call..and still like Wiggy , a good ole East Boston kid..gotta love em..the only angle was that nebulous "football" move bullshit...I saw a similiar call this year and the receiver took 3 full strides!! It could be that as he was coming down on the second step the ball may have been moving out but I will grant you this ...if Wiggins was still wearin a flying Elvis, as I wish he was..Id be pisssed off by the call..So thats this Pats fans view..Maybe the Viks had an off night...remeber when we stunk up the joint against the Dollfinns??as dad said..sometimes ya get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you..the Viks look like a lot better organization this year than last...and we do love Brady in the dome..

7:09 PM  
Blogger Farley said...

I can't understand how they screwed up the Wiggins catch, unless there was some kind of technical glitch with the replay monitor. I would like to see an explanation from Mike Pereira on that one. With so many questionable calls/non-calls, it would be interesting to see how this particular officiating crew grades out. I'd give them a 'D'.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Sean Jensen said...

Go Pats, thanks for the candid take. The Vikings were on the wrong end of some bad calls. But I still they would have lost. Maybe it would have been 31-17. Maybe 20.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Farley said...

I got my answer...Mike Pereira was on the NFL Network last night. He thought the Wiggins call was correct from the beginning--something about the nebulous 'football move'. He also said if there is any question, the refs should make the call "incomplete". It sounded like political spin.

8:50 AM  
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11:20 PM  
Blogger Zukerama said...

Definitely political spin...they also reviewed the Jets non TD that would've tied their game...
Does Pereira ever admit they screwed up a call?...I thought the Wiggins call and the Jets TD should have both been deemed catches...why can't the league do like the NHL and use a replay official upstairs instead of having the on field ref using a ridiculously small monitor and the opposition chirping at him just a few feet away (Belichick).

11:24 PM  
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