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The Texans have distributed post-game quotes from their stirring last-second win over the Dolphins.  The excerpts include comments from Miami linebacker Joey Porter regarding a critical call by referee Ed Hochuli during the game-winning drive.
Porter believed he caused Texans quarterback Matt Schaub to fumble the ball.  Hochuli ruled that it was an incomplete pass, and the booth didn’t call for a review of the play.
“I’m looking for an apology or something on Tuesday or Wednesday on NFL Network,” Porter said, “but it will be too late by then.  The game’s over.  That point in time, I know for sure that I had both his arms when the ball came out.  I mean, it wasn’t by accident.”
As to whether the call wasn’t subject to replay review, Porter said,  “I don’t understand why you wouldn’t.  I don’t really understand why you wouldn’t review that play.”
Here’s why.  Becuase if the booth had called for a replay review and if Hochuli had determined it was a fumble, it would have been the Chargers-Broncos ruling all over again.
By rule, the ball was dead when it hit the ground.  The Texans would have retained possession.
And Hochuli’s head likely would have exploded.
Just like Porter’s nearly did.

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  1. cobrala says: Oct 12, 2008 8:19 PM

    I don’t understand… if Porter was right, by rule the ball was live since it was a fumble (according to Porter), correct?

  2. BigEd1340am says: Oct 12, 2008 8:21 PM

    Porter is a GANGSTA wannabe!!!

  3. arosen36 says: Oct 12, 2008 8:22 PM

    he can probably get an e-mail apology from hochuli

  4. desides says: Oct 12, 2008 8:23 PM

    So, in other words, Porter is right.

  5. coco says: Oct 12, 2008 8:23 PM

    That was a fumble.

  6. brian_21 says: Oct 12, 2008 8:24 PM

    I did not see this play. Can someone who saw it write in this section that A) Joey Porter is right; or B) Joey Porter is wrong

  7. wooderson says: Oct 12, 2008 8:24 PM

    The officiating is crazy bad this year. Watching the Dallas-Zona game, my lord, they blew many calls, especially the Romo fumble. It wasn’t even close!! Maybe instead of fining players, coaches, etc for criticizing officials, how about fining officials for screwing up calls?

  8. lezmaka says: Oct 12, 2008 8:27 PM

    I think Joey will be getting a letter from the league this week, but rather than containing an apology, it’ll probably request/require that he make a donation to a charitable organization.

  9. jyernberg says: Oct 12, 2008 8:30 PM

    ALOT of bad officiating already this year. the NFL needs to get this under control. players will lose respect for the refs and that could be real bad. huchuli is on his last leg, and he is tipping.

  10. CountSnail says: Oct 12, 2008 8:37 PM

    Usually I would think that most of this moaning and groaning by the players about the refs was just a result of the Cutler fiasco, but from the games I’ve seen, the refs really are blind.

  11. wtfbbq says: Oct 12, 2008 8:39 PM

    i saw it and thought it was without a doubt an incomplete pass. the arm was going forward, the ball came out with some trajectory, and hit a lineman in the back i think. i don’t recall any of the announcers disputing the call. i’d like to see it again but i don’t remember thinking it was controversial.

  12. RevSkip says: Oct 12, 2008 8:43 PM

    Lots of bad calls today. That was certainly one. The ball was clearly out.

  13. TheCD says: Oct 12, 2008 8:48 PM

    This wasn’t a fumble. Schaub’s arm was clearly moving foward. Can’t see why he’s whining.

  14. screaming sheep says: Oct 12, 2008 8:50 PM

    When the whistle blows, the play is dead. So the fact that he ruled it an incomplete pass and blew the whistle, they can’t continue through and recover. The only answer is to rule any close play a fumble, then you can review and call it incomplete. Once again, it comes down to Guns Hochuli making a judgement call.

  15. coco says: Oct 12, 2008 9:03 PM

    NFL Football is going to turn in to touch football, and we will see drag-queens on the sideline. Fact !

  16. longdarkface says: Oct 12, 2008 9:09 PM

    I don’t know where people are pulling this “we have more bad calls this year than ever before” bull. You all have NO MEMORY! I have never watched an NFL game that didn’t have some call I knew for certain was wrong. If you can’t deal with human error, go watch sprinting or something where there is nothing to screw up. Most importantly, shut your god damn crybaby mouths.

  17. narrabeen23 says: Oct 12, 2008 9:15 PM

    in other news, The Human Fund just sent Goodell an advanced thank you note

  18. Sniper says: Oct 12, 2008 9:15 PM

    The refs have been terrible this year. The Arizona and Dallas game is another great example. I’m not a fan of either team but it seemed like the refs blew at least 3 calls in that game.

  19. tsc says: Oct 12, 2008 9:20 PM

    Ask Porter if the letters K.M.A. mean anything to him?

  20. GregorioRossini says: Oct 12, 2008 9:32 PM

    what you say may be true BUT it is very clear that this year there have been many more “important” or “game deciding” calls that were blowed up.

  21. Mavpa says: Oct 12, 2008 9:59 PM

    It’s true… every year is the worst anyone can remember… because every year there are blown calls, but generally, they don’t affect good teams or ruin seasons, and consequently don’t linger.
    Don’t forget the referees once issued an apology for missing a critical pass interference call at the end of that Giants/49ers playoff game… which was the difference in the game.
    What I have noticed this year, and it’s a function of not having full time officials, is there are a lot of situations where the officials don’t understand the rule, or how the replay system works, or what to do with the clock in a situation.
    It’s one thing to disagree with their judgment, but clearly their preparation has gone down this year.

  22. Darth Ringo says: Oct 12, 2008 10:04 PM

    Joey is crazy. He would say something like this.

  23. brian_21 says: Oct 12, 2008 11:21 PM

    Wow this topic and my question is really split 50/50.

  24. rasalas says: Oct 12, 2008 11:37 PM

    Actually the bad call (actually, non-call) came toward the end of that final drive. On the Texans’ completion near the goal line, when Houston called its last time out with 16 seconds left, the snap for that play occurred after the play clock hit zero. It should have been a penalty for delay of game and Houston should have lost its last time out. It’s irrefutable and subject to review; in slow motion, the clock is on zero and the ball is still sitting on the ground. Had it been called, the Texans would have been farther away from the goal line with 16 seconds left and no time outs.

  25. KurtisMantronik says: Oct 13, 2008 12:17 AM

    It was a fumble and a blown call to anyone who is asking.
    Almost as many obviously bad calls today as there were crazy finishes. How about that weak call of incomplete pass when Jammer picked off Cassel, even after review? Brutal. No effect on the end result, ultimately, but a brutal call.

  26. mkuske says: Oct 13, 2008 12:21 AM

    Uhhh….yeah…and that whole thing about Schaub’s arm obviously moving forward. I mean the ball ricocheted off of an O-Lineman’s head. Hard to call that a…ummm…fumble. Shut up Joey, and cry when you really have something to cry about.

  27. MNFANINAZ says: Oct 13, 2008 12:37 AM

    I sincerely think the refs are doing a fine job.
    a fan of the 1st place Minnesota Vikings (3-1 in the NFC)

  28. mkuske says: Oct 13, 2008 12:49 AM

    rasalas, Funny thing about Tivo…anybody can tell when a whiner is full of crap.

  29. ogopogo says: Oct 13, 2008 2:03 AM

    Is Hochuli part of a conspiracy now or what?? Every game the guy is involved in has some type of game changing call or non call. I saw the play and it was a fumble. The Dolphins got shafted. Period!!!

  30. hender says: Oct 13, 2008 3:03 AM

    and check out the reffing in the Lions – Vikings game…the worst I’ve seen …the Lions got the shaft big time on numerous calls…try this one … a guy is laying on the ground after taking a big hit and the Viking defender ends up on top of the guy ,who is clearly down ,and then strips the ball out which the refs ruled a fumble flag comes onto the field for a challenge..refs look at instant replay and say the call on the field stands..What in the world are they looking at…the announcers were even questioning the calls in this game…soon Goodell will be fining them i suppose ..sure there is a blown call here and there but they seemed to be blowing calls by the handfuls now… that’s 2 weeks in a row for the Vikings..the refs are saving the mustached morons job in minnesota…HOW SAD

  31. packerswin says: Oct 13, 2008 7:59 AM

    MNFANINAZ, the Vikings are tied for first thanks to a terrible pass interference call on Detroit on your game winning drive, that is why you think the reffing is good this year.

  32. KILLER FINS FAN says: Oct 13, 2008 9:36 AM

    Just shut up Porter!!! the secondary fell flat on their face again & a lesser team beat us again!!! Andre Johnson kicked the fins ass again but the fault is the Fins secondary, not the bad officiating!!! Besides where were you when Schaub was running down the middle!!!

  33. bdrooster says: Oct 13, 2008 9:44 AM

    Are the Feds are looking to put a RICO case on the NFL and/or the NFL Referees Association? Lots of names that end in a vowel wearing stripes on Sunday. Just sayin’, it’s curious.

  34. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 13, 2008 12:28 PM

    i wasn’t thrilled about the bad calls (there were several, even on that last drive… the fumble blown dead, the clock expiration no-call, etc…) but i won’t blame the loss on those factors. If the fins had their isht together, it shouldn’t have come down to all that.
    it DOES seem very unfortunate that two bad no-calls in that last drive did help Houston win the game… but Houston played very well, so give them credit.

  35. bwcjr78 says: Oct 18, 2008 10:09 AM

    um correct me if im wrong but on the supposed fumble or incomplete pass. If its a pass then why wasn’t there a penalty for hitting an off. lineman. its not allowed to touch lineman before wr,rb,qb right. so that was a blown call no matter if it was a fumble or incomplete pass. joey has a right to be pissed at the officals for blowning calls.

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