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Pereira "shocked" by Triplette's replay mistake

Referee Jeff Triplette had a bad day on Sunday. And his boss noticed.

NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira said on NFL Network’s Total Access this week that he was “shocked” that Triplette took time out to review a disputed fumble recovery in Sunday’s Cowboys-Packers game.

“I was shocked that we started to even go to the monitor to review it,” Pereira said.

Pereira acknowledged that it’s a longstanding NFL replay rule that such fumble recoveries aren’t reviewable plays, and that Triplette should have known that. Triplette did, eventually, make the right decision and announce that he couldn’t review the play. But he should have made that announcement immediately, instead of wasting time by initially starting to make a replay review.

In a bonus “Official Review” segment on NFL.com, NFL Network’s Rich Eisen pressed Pereira on another replay issue from the same game, and Pereira acknowledged that Triplette made another mistake in failing to penalize the Packers for challenging a play when they were out of challenges.

“It should have been a flag immediately,” Pereira said of an instance when Packers coach Mike McCarthy threw his red flag after exhausting his challenges. “We compounded this by actually announcing that they were challenging and then going over to the monitor, at which point the replay assistant said, ‘Green Bay has already used both their challenges. They won one and lost one which means they don’t get a third.'”

Pereira tried to spare Triplette by saying, “we,” instead of “Triplette,” but the bottom line is that the referee screwed up.

“We should have thrown the flag right then for unsportsmanlike conduct — it’s a 15-yard penalty,” Pereira said. “We were wrong in not doing that.”

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  1. buckeye044 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:19 AM

    Worst official in the game. And with all the bad officiating, that says a lot.

  2. jj jones says: Nov 19, 2009 10:19 AM

    Officials are the only people in sports that are expected to never make a mistake.

  3. VoxVeritas says: Nov 19, 2009 10:24 AM

    Oh well.

  4. Brewster says: Nov 19, 2009 10:28 AM

    I’m shocked that Pereira is schocked.
    How the hell can he be shocked over yet another blown call, it’s been going on all year.
    Instead of the NFL focusing on fining so many players, coaches & owners they should be focusing on getting their officials to understand the rules of the game and perform efficiently.
    Probably too much to ask for though.

  5. wrath4771 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:29 AM

    I think McCarthy should be flayed for challenging a third time. It’s kind of the Chris Webber thing – how do you not know you don’t have anymore challenges?

  6. The Coop says: Nov 19, 2009 10:29 AM

    Seriously, this ref is absolutely horrible. He never seems to have control of the game or be in charge, always seems like he’s nervous, and always appears overwhelmed by the moment.
    If I remember correctly, Tripplette is the same guy that threw the flag in Orlando Brown’s face and blinded the freaking guy.
    He is a danger to players and the game. He needs to be fired or at least reassigned to something like line judge.

  7. Nick says: Nov 19, 2009 10:31 AM

    buckeye044 hit it right on the head. When Triplette officiates a game I know there will be bad penalties called.

  8. birdmancometh says: Nov 19, 2009 10:31 AM

    So really all that happened was they missed a 15 yard penalty? That happens every week. Didn’t effect the outcome, so all it is is a teaching opportunity for the official.

  9. tdawg69 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:33 AM

    Isn’t this the same tool that nailed Orlando Brown in the eye with his penalty flag?

  10. footballrulz says: Nov 19, 2009 10:35 AM

    Thank you Mr. Triplette..but please leave your officiating permit at the door on your way out.

  11. midnight green says: Nov 19, 2009 10:36 AM

    Wrong, The senile Walt Coleman is the worst official in the game.

  12. Ambrose says: Nov 19, 2009 10:36 AM

    Shoulda coulda woulda. It’s all part of the game, right? It wouldn’t have made a difference for the Cowboys anyway, either case. The Packers had their number that day. And the Packers have had more than their fair share of crap calls this season too. Due to the fact that they are the most penalized team in the NFL, the ref’s don’t hesitate to call anything and everything…stuff that wouldn’t get a second glance under normal circumstances. It goes with the territory of being the most penalized, kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. We’ll deal with it and when it happens to others, they’re just going to have to get used to it too. Welcome to the club.

  13. RK says: Nov 19, 2009 10:37 AM

    Any week where he doesn’t blind a player with a penalty flag is a good week for Jeff Triplette.

  14. CaptainFantastik says: Nov 19, 2009 10:39 AM

    This is the kind of stuff that happens when you keep adding rules and keep filling officials’ heads with more and more information. There is not a disconnect between all these new rules that have been put into place over the last few years and the downward spiral of the quality of officiating.

  15. Nevisyakker says: Nov 19, 2009 10:39 AM

    In the early 1970s Bud Grant, as coach of the MN Vikings, lobbied loud and hard for “professional” officials. He correctly noted that of all professional sports only the NFL puts a multi million (now billion) dollar industry in the hands of part timers who teach school and sell insurance as the “real jobs.” He was, by the way, fined and told to shut up.
    Looking at the age of many of the officiating crews working today, it seems a good bet that the “real job” they now list would be “retired.”
    When is the NFL going to take this seriously and provide younger, more fit, better trained, and fully qualified officials?
    You can bet that Pereira’s assessment of this past week’s officiating would say that they once again graded out as “excellent.” What a crock!

  16. stiller43 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:39 AM

    Maybe they were too caught up in the excitement of the game.

  17. bofarr says: Nov 19, 2009 10:44 AM

    Triplette is easily the most incompetent ref in the NFL. I shudder when he is working my favorite teams games.

  18. Viper21 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:45 AM

    One of the dumbest replay rules there are. It is more important to get the play right. This nonsense about not challenging fumble recoveries in the field of play is a joke. I dont want to hear the rubbish about, changing possesion multiple times, etc. It really is simple, if its indisputable evidence, you overturn it. If it isnt, its inconclusive.
    The Cowboys were hosed by Triplette. Those werent the only mistakes either. The punt returner clearly stepped out of bounds before Crosbys 52yd field goal. The lack of review, cost the Cowboys 7yds. Does Crosby make a 59yd field goal…? Maybe, although odds are against it.
    Felix Jones, clearly had possesion of that fumble was touched while down, making him down by contact, THEN had it stripped. End result 7 pts for GB. Those were game changing mistakes by the officiating/instant replay crew. Would the Packers have still won…? Probably, they certainly played a little better than the Cowboys did Sunday, but not much. Take away those 10pts, how does that game end…? At a minimum the fumble in the field of play should be a reviewable play & hopefully will be changed in the future.

  19. momar3000 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:46 AM

    I HATE OFFICAILS!

  20. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 19, 2009 10:46 AM

    Ron Winter and Walt Coleman are way worse than this guy.

  21. The Family Ghost says: Nov 19, 2009 10:48 AM

    He’s been a weak official for years … they need to release him of his duties.

  22. slayyer30 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:49 AM

    Ok does anyone else hate the noisy commercial on this site. please take it off.

  23. brookspw says: Nov 19, 2009 10:50 AM

    He’s also the guy that didn’t call the delay of game penatly vs Flacco in the Titans/Ravens playoff game last year…at 2 seconds past zero.

  24. Viper21 says: Nov 19, 2009 10:51 AM

    Nevisyakker…. I agree, however. To become an NFL official, you must have 10yrs of Division 1 college experience to even be considered. Guess what, you dont become a Div 1 college ref without many years of Div 2 officiating, which isnt possible before having years of High School officiating. Not all but most High School officials, did pop warner/little league for years before getting the opp to even do high school. Reality is, by the time an official has a gig in the NFL, most have been an official for 20-30yrs. Not entirely but almost impossible to achieve in less than 20yrs. That is why you dont see officials in their 30’s or younger.

  25. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 19, 2009 10:54 AM

    I’m amazed. Normally Pereira’s segment consists of a lot of damage control and “no big deal” type of stuff.
    To hear him react like this is something completely new for me. I would REALLY hate to be Triplette this week. Maybe we’ll all get lucky and this will be the final straw for him.

  26. gregjennings says: Nov 19, 2009 10:57 AM

    I understand it’s ultimatley the coach’s responsibility, but don’t officals usually announce a team is out of challenges after their review.

  27. ZombieRevolution says: Nov 19, 2009 10:58 AM

    I wonder how many people in their jobs would be able to stand the scrutiny that NFL officials get. We are all paid to do our jobs, and pay the price for when we don’t. But how many of us get called out nationally when we make a mistake that that benefits someone else?
    Sites the PFT hold mistakes of owners, agents, broadcasters, coaches, players and officials up to the light, yet PFT errors (other than calling Terry Bradshaw dead, saying that Brodrick Bunkley may have been arrested and misquoting Keyshawn Johnson) rarely get scrutinized. I guess that happens when you are popular yet your actual NFL impact is pretty small.

  28. mattitude says: Nov 19, 2009 10:59 AM

    This obviously reflects poorly on Triplette, but shouldn’t Wade Phillips of known that the fumble was non-reviewable since, you know, he’s been a head coach on 5 different NFL teams. You can’t be upset with an official when your own head coach is just as ingnorant of the rules.

  29. straverse says: Nov 19, 2009 11:00 AM

    Damn, sounds like Triplette needs to lay off the booze.

  30. Nevisyakker says: Nov 19, 2009 11:04 AM

    Yeah Viper21, I see your point, but my complaint isn’t that there aren’t 30 year old guys officiating, but that there are too many that look like they are pushing 70, and I am not sure which side they are pushing it from.
    If they were to change the system and make officials full time pros, they would seek out the best of the college officials, put them through an accelerated full time training program, and there would be healthy, qualified, game ready officials in their early 40s.
    The thing that everyone but the powers that be in the NFL front offices seem to be able to agree on is that they HAVE TO DO SOMETHING!

  31. RodgerDAT says: Nov 19, 2009 11:04 AM

    What comes around goes around! Thats payback for the blown 4th and 1, last Sunday vs. the Eagles..

  32. BatteryChucker says: Nov 19, 2009 11:07 AM

    He’s also the guy that called 13 penalties and screwed up the fumble by Moats on the 1 yard line in the Houston/Indy game. The replay was totally inconclusive and the call on the field should have stood. The replay even shows the defensive back touches the ball while holding Moats out of bounds, ruling the play dead.

  33. DallasDeathStar says: Nov 19, 2009 11:08 AM

    Not gonna cry , I don’t wanna sound like the E-Gal fans. I think Dallas would have lost anyway, Packers played great Dalls did not. this guy has got to go, he continues to make mistakes.

  34. DABOYS says: Nov 19, 2009 11:09 AM

    For all of you that think the missed calls don’t matter…think about the fumble that wasn’t..Felix Jones was on the ground with the ball gets rolled over by a Packer and they strip out of his hands and the Packers get it on the Cowboys 2 yrd line.

  35. cusoman says: Nov 19, 2009 11:11 AM

    I can’t remember a worse year in recent memory for officials making horrible calls. It seems there’s a “controversy” every single week this year. Someone, something, has to rein all of this in, it’s out of control.

  36. gopher says: Nov 19, 2009 11:12 AM

    Ron Winter’s crew leads in number of penalties called per game and he led last year also. I think he was the ref that threw the flag after Tom Brady told him to when the Raven player missed hitting him in the leg. Winter is just bad.

  37. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Nov 19, 2009 11:25 AM

    # wrath4771 says: November 19, 2009 10:29 AM
    I think McCarthy should be flayed for challenging a third time. It’s kind of the Chris Webber thing – how do you not know you don’t have anymore challenges?
    _________________________________
    I used to have the same opinion as you, but now, my opinion is this, if there is no penalty for requesting a 3rd challenge, when you dont have a challenge to request, then why not try to challenge. The worst thing that happens is you give your team a chance to get a drink, your coaches can use the time to create a plan, etc. McCarthy lost nothing, and had everything to gain. Best case scenario is that the officials actually review the play, and change the call, lol

  38. zappa says: Nov 19, 2009 11:25 AM

    I knew the only way the Packers could beat the Cowboys was by cheating. The Packers should be garnished 1 win.

  39. Pack83 says: Nov 19, 2009 11:26 AM

    I think it’s funny though that Tripplette looks annoyed and constipated whenever he makes a call. It’s like Gruden on the sideline when he’s pissed about a call, Triplette looks pissed to announce a penalty.
    The NFL officiating always has seemed behind the times…look back at some games in the 70’s and 80’s…you wouldn’t believe how awful some calls were. And they continue today.

  40. Bob S. says: Nov 19, 2009 11:28 AM

    perreira is so full of it! he now says that if you recover a fumble and hit the ground you must go thru the same rules as when you catch a pass and hit the ground “all the way thru the play”.
    BUT he says if play happened in the endzone “it is reviewable BECAUSE points are involved”
    like if it occurs on either 5 yardline(or wherever deep) points arent surely affected either way??????????

  41. jon says: Nov 19, 2009 11:45 AM

    Why is it that the NFL hires Part-Time ref’s? Myabe that can resolve some of these issues. The NFL is the only, out of every major pro sport to hire Part time officials. That is absolute crap.

  42. VoxVeritas says: Nov 19, 2009 11:45 AM

    “So really all that happened was they missed a 15 yard penalty? That happens every week.”
    It’s not so much that they didn’t call the penalty, it’s that the ref apparently didn’t know the rule that it’s supposed to be a 15 yard penalty if a coach calls for a third review. It’s not a judgment call, and not something that you could have missed if you weren’t looking right at it. He just didn’t know the rule, and it’s not like it’s an obscure rule. I’d be pissed off if it cost the Cowboys the game, but fact is the 2-3 terrible calls against the Cowboys in that game didn’t cost them the win, individually or collectively. I’m concerned that there are refs that don’t know the rules, and Jeff Triplette demonstrated that he doesn’t know at least some of the very basic rules in multiple instances in that game. Just like he should have assessed a 15 yard penalty against the Packers, Triplette should have never let Phillips challenge that fumble call but he apparently was prepared to go to the hood and make the call, which would have given the Cowboys the ball and maybe cost the Packers the win. Luckily for the Packers, somebody making less than him corrected him before he had the chance.

  43. VoxVeritas says: Nov 19, 2009 11:50 AM

    “This obviously reflects poorly on Triplette, but shouldn’t Wade Phillips of known that the fumble was non-reviewable since, you know, he’s been a head coach on 5 different NFL teams. You can’t be upset with an official when your own head coach is just as ingnorant of the rules.”
    I wouldn’t be talking about which head coaches don’t know what if I were you, Eagirls fan.

  44. stetai says: Nov 19, 2009 12:01 PM

    This is why their IR rules are so retarded. Why wouldn’t ANY play be reviewable at ANY time.
    If a call is incorrect, then there should be a way to correct it, plain and simple. Goodell do you want the NFL or the NBA? Just get the calls right.
    The other ridiculous notion I keep hearing from EVERYONE in the NFL is they are worried about “slowing the pace” of the game. Funny how when there are advertising dollars involved they don’t mind grinding the game to a a halt to squeeze in a few more commercials during Brett’s battles with Green Bay, but for a blown call, they don’t want to kill momentum.

  45. VoxVeritas says: Nov 19, 2009 12:07 PM

    “What comes around goes around! Thats payback for the blown 4th and 1, last Sunday vs. the Eagles..”
    That’s funny, I thought that that spot had “payback” for the non-call on Asante Samuel’s pass interference in the end zone. Give McNabb every inch until his right elbow touches the ground, the ball is still inside the white paint of the logo. The stick is outside the logo completely so the play wouldn’t have resulted in a first down anyway.
    http://img231.imageshack.us/i/mcnabb.jpg/

  46. zygi milf says: Nov 19, 2009 12:10 PM

    Bill Cowher’s Chin says:
    November 19, 2009 11:25 AM
    # wrath4771 says: November 19, 2009 10:29 AM
    I think McCarthy should be flayed for challenging a third time. It’s kind of the Chris Webber thing – how do you not know you don’t have anymore challenges?
    _________________________________
    I used to have the same opinion as you, but now, my opinion is this, if there is no penalty for requesting a 3rd challenge, when you dont have a challenge to request, then why not try to challenge. The worst thing that happens is you give your team a chance to get a drink, your coaches can use the time to create a plan, etc. McCarthy lost nothing, and had everything to gain. Best case scenario is that the officials actually review the play, and change the call, lol
    *********
    Delay of game. Might as well fake an injury.
    Dumbass.

  47. Scoop says: Nov 19, 2009 12:13 PM

    I haven’t been impressed with NFL officiating for the last decade. The ref in the Broncos-Skins game seemed almost apathetic and bored and missed some no brainers in both directions. Mike Carey has made a career out of calling one-sided games– one team gets 5 holding pentalties and an assortment of personal fouls while the other gets to behave like the kids in Lord of the Flies (I think with Carey, the more intimidating Head Coach rules the day). Triplette proved long ago that he’s over his head.
    I can abide the speed-of-the-game misses, but the NFL generates enough revenue to have pure professionals on the field and not guys who take afternoons off, who consistently let their prejudices interfere with their judgement, and who don’t innately grasp the rules.

  48. lebowski says: Nov 19, 2009 12:15 PM

    I agree with CaptainFantastik. I used to be able to explain all the rules to my wife and kids during a football game. I have no freaking clue any more. Football has become a game of obscure rules, ridiculous challenges, commercial time outs, and stupid mistakes.

  49. Bob S. says: Nov 19, 2009 12:18 PM

    This obviously reflects poorly on Triplette, but shouldn’t Wade Phillips of known that the fumble was non-reviewable since, you know, he’s been a head coach on 5 different NFL teams.

    like eisen clearly said to the bs artist pereeira – he had already recovered the ball and then was down by contact when they pulled the ball out of his hands.
    more bs purposely written by refs so they themnselves could determine all down by contact plays. thats why the put in new rules like all the way thru the catch and now all the way thru the fumble recovery and which ones were reviewable or not and on which part of the field they were reviewable or not AFTER they were forced to have video replay used on plays they had been calling down by contact.

  50. Deb says: Nov 19, 2009 12:30 PM

    This isn’t the first time Pereira’s segment has included mea culpa’s for bad calls. But it isn’t enough. The NFL and officials may have honest good intentions, but the system is broken and until it gets fixed, these problems will continue–and they’ll get worse if the league keeps expanding.
    This is a complex sport with a thick rule book that changes each season. These men work full-time jobs in addition to their officiating duties. That leaves little time for memorizing rules, watching game film, and running through simulations with their crews. No wonder they make mistakes.
    The NFL can afford to hire full-time officials who train and practice full-time–just like the players. I’m not a fan of instant replay because zoom-ins on fingertips and shoelaces get ridiculous. But if they’re going to use it, they should hire upstairs replay officials who can make objective calls, as in college ball, rather than asking field officials to overturn their own rulings. And instead of adding more rules each year, they should try paring them down to be more manageable.
    This isn’t rocket science, so they should stop making it uber complicated. Instead of hearing Pereira say, “Our bad,” I want to hear him say, “Here’s what we’re doing to ensure it won’t happen again.”

  51. RodgerDAT says: Nov 19, 2009 12:33 PM

    On this site one week ago, there was a post that the League said it was a blown call, McNabb had the first down… SO Again.
    “What comes around goes around! That’s payback for the blown 4th and 1, last Sunday vs. the Eagles..”
    It’s getting cold out, Tony Romo’s practicing his annual December disappearing act.

  52. boltmancraft says: Nov 19, 2009 12:42 PM

    Is Red Cashion still alive??

  53. CurseofBoJackson says: Nov 19, 2009 12:57 PM

    Felix Jones, clearly had possesion of that fumble was touched while down, making him down by contact, THEN had it stripped. End result 7 pts for GB.
    Viper and DABOYS got it right. Worst part about that call was that the ref was RIGHT IN FRONT OF JONES and missed that he had recovered and was therefore down by contact. Just terrible, I’ve not been keenly aware of a season with worse officiating across the board than this one. Pay ‘em to be full time all year year officials, put an age and mobility limit/restriction/floor in place, and provide a better and more intensive training regimen, and i would guess that the quality of officiating grows exponentially. That sequence is indicative of how terrible and misinformed officials have become. I was up out of my seat over this, and I don’t give two rat’s asses about either team.

  54. odds75to1 says: Nov 19, 2009 1:21 PM

    Don’t the worst refs get sent to do the crappy games? Well that must mean as punishment, Pereira will send Triplette to do the Browns/Lions game.

  55. mattitude says: Nov 19, 2009 1:22 PM

    Vox, please, it’s Week 11 now. Can we all please get an update on your Tony Romo “Most Passing Attempts Ever By a Dallas Quarterback” meter. You’ve kept us in the dark for too long!

  56. r_u_shtn_me says: Nov 19, 2009 1:44 PM

    Are NFL officials required to take drug tests?

  57. paranoidandroid says: Nov 19, 2009 2:00 PM

    RodgerDAT says:
    November 19, 2009 11:04 AM
    What comes around goes around! Thats payback for the blown 4th and 1, last Sunday vs. the Eagles..
    —-
    yeah cause the NFL is all about payback. how bitter are you?
    all anyone and everyone wants is for them to get it right the 1st time. i honestly don’t care how long it takes as long as they get it right.

  58. paranoidandroid says: Nov 19, 2009 2:11 PM

    RodgerDAT says:
    November 19, 2009 12:33 PM
    On this site one week ago, there was a post that the League said it was a blown call, McNabb had the first down… SO Again.
    “What comes around goes around! That’s payback for the blown 4th and 1, last Sunday vs. the Eagles..”
    It’s getting cold out, Tony Romo’s practicing his annual December disappearing act.

  59. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 19, 2009 2:16 PM

    -zappa says:
    I knew the only way the Packers could beat the Cowboys was by cheating. The Packers should be garnished 1 win.
    ____________________________________
    Congrats! You win for most ignorant homer bile spewed today, and I would know, as I was just in the Viking threads.
    Maybe you should actually WATCH a football game before you attempt to comment on it. Dallas was outplayed in every aspect of that game.
    Charles Woodson singlehandedly beat that ass, and Jolly and Matthews provided the icing on the cake. Sorry-ass Tampa got after Rodgers more than the overrated Ware, and Romo (the one guy on that team who I like) had his worst non-playoff performance to date.
    If you think one extra 15-yard penalty would have been the difference between winning and losing, you need to find a new sport to watch, or at least avoid further humiliation by pretending you know anything about football.
    Furthermore, never in the history of the league has a team been garnished a win, and if they were gonna start now, they’d do better to go after the Steelers’ last two “championships”, rather than a boring midseason contest between two teams who would each be lucky to get a wildcard. Guess what? You lost. Get over it.
    -Scoop says:
    Mike Carey has made a career out of calling one-sided games– one team gets 5 holding penalties and an assortment of personal fouls while the other gets to behave like the kids in Lord of the Flies…
    ____________________________________
    Carey? Really?? You got a whole league full of atrocious, incompetent and in some cases corrupted referees, and yet you go after one of only two consistently good ones?
    I don’t know what loss you blame on Carey or his crew, but I personally would rather have him calling my team’s games than any other ref these days…

  60. Abe71 says: Nov 19, 2009 2:22 PM

    No one here is saying the calls or lackthereof cost the Cowboys the game but with so many rules implemented each year it’s no wonder the refs screw it up as much as they do. There will be a time where a ref “WILL” cost a team the game and hopefully it won’t be in the playoffs. What needs to happen is the NFL needs to implement yet, another set of rules called “missed-call” or whatever you want to call it. This rule would be similar to the “challenge” call but instead of challenging a call, the coaches could throw a green flag instead stating they missed a call like punter stepped out of bounds, defense was offsides, 12 men on the field etc.etc ….I don’t know, I’m just brain storming here but something needs to change because it seems to be getting worse each week.

  61. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Nov 19, 2009 2:40 PM

    Several posts in this thread have called for the NFL to begin hiring full time game officials. That is the only way to improve the current situation.
    I thought the league might be moved to take action after the whole world saw their horrifyingly bad performance in the Seahawks – Steelers Super Bowl a few years ago, but no such luck.

  62. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 19, 2009 2:45 PM

    Deb says:
    This isn’t rocket science, so they should stop making it uber complicated. Instead of hearing Pereira say, “Our bad,” I want to hear him say, “Here’s what we’re doing to ensure it won’t happen again.”
    ____________________________________
    Wow Deb, what a tasteful and well-thought out post. I couldn’t agree more with anything you said there. These issues are becoming more and more common, and it’s (usually) the complex nature of the sport itself that is to blame for the mistakes. Not only that, there is a lack of enforced responsibility on the officials themselves to make sure they get it right.
    If a player, coach, or now even an owner screws up, they are penalized or fined. I can’t remember a time when an official (intentionally or otherwise) affected the results of a game and anything came of it EXCEPT a Pereira apology.
    You have very aptly stated what I feel we all believe would be an ideal solution to the problem; however, if the league is going to continue to refuse to hire full-time officials to put an end to these errors, the very least they could do is make sure the current staff are somehow held accountable.
    That said, aren’t you a Pittsburgh fan? I find it odd that you, of all people, would want this problem fixed. After all, where would your Steelers be now WITHOUT bad officiating? Certainly not as successful as they have been…

  63. Biff Henderson says: Nov 19, 2009 3:09 PM

    The coach of any team sends to the NFL his “missed-call” list every week. They recieve a response that is kept internal by the league. Wade Phillips public airing of the officiating puts him in hot water with the NFL. Fine him for messing with league’s credibility and creating a PR fiasco. That’s why the dialogue is kept confidential. It’s about control of the public’s perception, not the truth.

  64. ocelots138 says: Nov 19, 2009 3:57 PM

    # paranoidandroid says: November 19, 2009 2:11 PM
    ah poor eagles fan cryin about a bad spot. i feel so bad for you.
    a 100 dogs shall die for this travesty! wait, vick already did that…..
    ————————
    It seems as if you’re trying very hard to be funny. You’re not succeeding. Do yourself a favor and stick to the bad trash talking – your attempts at humor are sad.

  65. bluestree says: Nov 19, 2009 4:55 PM

    Stuff like this makes me long for the days when bad calls were just part of the game. No reviews, no replay. We wouldn’t have known who the head of officiating was. Today the results are near the same, save for more delays in the game. That was a horrible job regardless, Cowboys fans have a legit beef.

  66. mattitude says: Nov 19, 2009 5:15 PM

    @ paranoidandroid
    “a 100 dogs”? “ah poor eagles fan cryin about a bad spot. i feel so bad for you.”
    You seem to ignore all rules concerning punctuation and grammar. Your post should have abandoned all English standards and read like:
    “ahpooreaglesfancryinaboutabadspotifeelsobadforyoua100dogsshalldieforthistravestywaitvickalreadydidthat…..”
    That way, I would have known you were completely retarded and it would have been wrong for me to criticize you.

  67. Deb says: Nov 19, 2009 5:32 PM

    @Beer Cheese Soup …
    As a Steelers fan, I want More Than Anyone for these issues to be resolved not only because all teams have had to contend w/ bad officiating, but we’ve also had to contend with people using it to negate our achievements. We almost didn’t make SBXL due to a huge ref mistake in the Colts game. The refs just handed the Browns a huge break. Did those calls change the trajectory of either team? No. For the most part, bad teams still find a way to lose. And successful teams still find a way to win.
    Instead of ranting about SBXL, watch it again. These are the major controversies: Offensive pass interference turning 7 points to 3–50/50 Not an egregious offense, but the receiver did push off. Ben’s TD–He might have crossed plane in the air, but I wish they’d called it back. It would have been 4th & inches, and Ben’s about 100% on the sneak. Holding call negating Seattle pass play–good call. Low block on Hasselback during INT runback–bad call IMO. Did Ben get in a timeout before play clock expired? Can’t tell. Also, there was a blatant Seattle pass interference against Pittsburgh that was not flagged. That’s it. Check for yourself. But while you’re at it, notice that we also produced the longest TD run from scrimmage in SB history and caught Seattle off-guard with a 43-yd TD pass from wideout Antwaan Randle El. Seattle had other opportunities, but their receivers were dropping surefire passes and their kicker missed two field goals. We made the plays we had to make that night. They didn’t. In the Bengals game on Sunday, there were some bad ball spots that hurt us and some holding calls that didn’t get flagged. But none of that matters. What matters is that the Bengals came up with the key plays on defense and special teams. We didn’t. There should be no whining in football.
    The idea that officials changed the outcome of a Super Bowl is a sexy story. But regardless of the officiating in SBXL, we’d be right where we are.

  68. Chickenfoot says: Nov 20, 2009 1:22 PM

    Bill Cowher’s Chin says:
    November 19, 2009 11:25 AM
    # wrath4771 says: November 19, 2009 10:29 AM
    I think McCarthy should be flayed for challenging a third time. It’s kind of the Chris Webber thing – how do you not know you don’t have anymore challenges?
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    I used to have the same opinion as you, but now, my opinion is this, if there is no penalty for requesting a 3rd challenge, when you dont have a challenge to request, then why not try to challenge. The worst thing that happens is you give your team a chance to get a drink, your coaches can use the time to create a plan, etc. McCarthy lost nothing, and had everything to gain. Best case scenario is that the officials actually review the play, and change the call, lol
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    Your screen name fits. You are about as smart as his chin is.
    Asshat of the week award winner …right here…give him a hand!!!

  69. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 22, 2009 10:51 AM

    Chickenfoot says:
    November 20, 2009 1:22 PM
    Your screen name fits. You are about as smart as his chin is.
    Asshat of the week award winner …right here…give him a hand!!!
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    Leave it to Asshat of the year to hand out the asshat of the week award.
    In the grand scheme of things, this missed penalty mattered very little. The Cowboys kept possession of the ball, they continued driving and tossed an interception on 1st and goal from the 1. They failed because of their own mistakes.
    Yes, McCarthy should’ve been penalized 15 yards. But the missed call IN NO WAY hampered the Cowboys’ ability to continue their drive. It’s a miss by the officials in what was a pretty poorly officiated game, but the outcome of the game was not at all impacted by this call or by the overall officiating. The Cowboys didn’t come to play.

  70. Sir Marglar says: Nov 25, 2009 2:43 PM

    Everyone will scream at me for saying this, but it certainly seems like the refs have their thumbs on the scale in the a lot of games. (Remember, the NFL is a business and it’s all about ‘storylines’ and who’s hot and who is selling jerseys, etc.) Look at the Pittsburgh-Seattle Superbowl a few years ago. Seattle gets 2 TDs called back because of very questionable holding calls. And all the hype leading up to the game was about Pittsburgh. Hmm…

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