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No fine for Ryan Clark

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On Sunday, Steelers safety Ryan Clark applied a textbook hit to Giants receiver Victor Cruz in the end zone.  There was no contact with Cruz’s head or neck, and Clark didn’t hit Cruz anywhere with Clark’s helmet.

But Clark inexplicably was flagged — possibly under the goofy notion (as our sometime goofy pal Ross Tucker has recently pointed out) that the officials err on the side of protecting players.

Proving that Clark didn’t break the rules is the fact that, per the league office, Clark wasn’t fined.

It was the right decision, highlighting the fact that the officials made the wrong decision.

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29 Responses to “No fine for Ryan Clark”
  1. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 9, 2012 4:21 PM

    Sooo 25k fine for the refs right? Its only fair…

  2. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Nov 9, 2012 4:22 PM

    As well there shouldn’t be a fine. It was a clean hit.

  3. elgaffo says: Nov 9, 2012 4:25 PM

    Sad day when its news that a player was NOT fined for perfectly legal and textbook hit.

  4. mikemyditka says: Nov 9, 2012 4:26 PM

    Now how about fining Cruz for faking a head injury on the play to draw a flag?

    The guy was rolling around on the ground like he played for Manchester United instead of the Giants.

    No doubt Cruz’s reaction to the hit caused the ref to throw the flag- and dont forget, Cruz didnt miss a down after that play even though he was said to have had “bruised ribs” afterwards.

    That horrible call gave the Giants a 1st and goal instead of a 4th down. Where is the outrage over this on the same day a Steeler gets fined for faking an injury as well?

  5. bigsnackindy says: Nov 9, 2012 4:29 PM

    Between that flag and the bogus fumble return TD the refs gave the G-men 11 points (assuming they get the FG on 4th instead of the Clark penalty)…and they STILL lost! Thankfully so.

  6. ajc33635 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:32 PM

    That flag could have cost the Steelers the game.

  7. hamcamnewton says: Nov 9, 2012 4:32 PM

    mikemyditka says:
    Nov 9, 2012 4:26 PM
    Now how about fining Cruz for faking a head injury on the play to draw a flag?

    The guy was rolling around on the ground like he played for Manchester United instead of the Giants.

    No doubt Cruz’s reaction to the hit caused the ref to throw the flag- and dont forget, Cruz didnt miss a down after that play even though he was said to have had “bruised ribs” afterwards.

    That horrible call gave the Giants a 1st and goal instead of a 4th down. Where is the outrage over this on the same day a Steeler gets fined for faking an injury as well?

    ______________

    Sounds like you’ve never taken a hard hit to the ribs. I’ve had 2 ribs broken on 1 side at the same time and trust me the pain is excruciating.. It’s also hard to breathe .. Cruz didn’t come back until after halftime btw

  8. phonymcringring says: Nov 9, 2012 4:32 PM

    Late hit well after the ball was clearly out of play. Some charity got hosed on this one.

  9. saintsfan26 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:34 PM

    Welcome to our world, Steelers*

  10. pens5829 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:35 PM

    $25K refund to Clark from previous fines and public apology from the back judge who made the call. Yet we know neither will ever happen.

  11. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 9, 2012 4:38 PM

    Good take, but one distinction: Clark was penalized, but he was’t fined.

    As we all know, the refs blew the call – and it could have been very costly. It could have kept two deserving teams out of the playoffs (i.e., PIT and possibly some NFC team screwed by the Giants victory), and got two more in (i.e., NYG and possibly some AFC team benefiting from a Steeler loss).

    And YES, you’re absolutely right – it is a goofy notion (to be kind) that it’s somehow acceptable to “err on the side of protecting the players.” That’s a very lame cop-out.

    How about if the League just tries to get it right, and doesn’t rationalize obvious botched idiocy as if they have some higher purpose. Just get the calls right, without some preconceived lens directing to throw flags and ask questions later.

  12. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Nov 9, 2012 4:47 PM

    All giants fans should agree with this non outcome.

  13. n0hopeleft says: Nov 9, 2012 4:51 PM

    First of all, Cruz got the wind knocked out of him, and clearly stated it in his face to face interview the next day.

    Second of all, Cruz stated it was a clean hit, and stated his head was fine.

    Was the official supposed to run over to the downed player and ask what was wrong?

    All you Steeler fans are so butt hurt over getting screwed. Your team layed cheap shot after cheap shot over the years, and now, like the Lions, refs are trigger happy.

    Go cry about it. You won the game. Move on and focus on winning your division, so you don’t get Tebowed again this year.

  14. sportsinhd says: Nov 9, 2012 4:54 PM

    Helmet to helmet hits should be subject to replay review. They aren’t a judgement call, you either hit a player with your helmet or you don’t. It’s ridiculous to possibly risk the outcome of a game on something that may or may not have happened.

    I’ve seen the officials get this call wrong on a number of occasions. I don’t have a problem with the rule, I have a problem with how often it’s falsely called.

  15. higgy1 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:54 PM

    Wait these are the pro refs they dont make mistakes !!
    Where is all the outrage like it was with the replacement Refs ??

  16. mitchitized says: Nov 9, 2012 5:08 PM

    So Sanders gets fined for a fake that stopped the clock, but Cruz walks from a fake that turned 4th own into 1st and goal?

    Take your idiotic “butthurt” statements and stick them where they, we’ll you know.

    This is not about whining, this is about consistency with enforcement of the rules. One faker only stopped a clock and got fined, the other earned a sure touchdown and is not even discussed.

    Manchester United, heck that Cruz kid could hang in the Spanish league! Move over Christiano Ronaldo!

  17. jgg1 says: Nov 9, 2012 5:21 PM

    That call gave Giants 4 extra points. Without penalty Giants would of kicked field goal, plus Bens fumble that wasen’t a fumble and again the block in the back to Heath Miller that wasen’t called gave the Giants another 7 points totaling 11 points. Final score should of been 24 to 9.

  18. dkrauss93 says: Nov 9, 2012 5:33 PM

    am I reading this right? A Steeler did not get a fine? Must be a typo.

  19. melikefootball says: Nov 9, 2012 5:50 PM

    And everyone pointed the finger at the REPLACEMENTS, this call could have cost one team or another the game. Nothing like ERR on the side of safety.

  20. copanut says: Nov 9, 2012 6:01 PM

    You folks are being too kind. The Giants were gifted 14 points by the refs, not 11 points. Remember, they never would have been in the position for the bogus Clark penalty if there had not been a bogus pass interference penalty on Keenan Lewis a few plays prior. I believe that moved the ball over 40 yards.

    On replay, it can be seen that Lewis made a spectacular defensive play. Whatever minor incidental contact was no different that what happens on essentially every passing play in every game and is typically not considered a penalty. Being a judgement call, you have to defer to the official, but 95 times out of 100, an official will not call a penalty for such contact.

  21. jeffa43 says: Nov 9, 2012 6:14 PM

    Goodell, sorry … Gotohell was at the game, and I am sure he did all he could to sway his way against Pitt.

    As Tomlin said, “I don’t try to figure it out anymore, we just move forward”

    Clearly a different set of rules is becoming clear. How often does Ben take an illegal hit with no call?

    You can breathe wrong on Brady, Eli, and even Cam and 15 yards.

    Bothered fan.

  22. omegaichiban says: Nov 9, 2012 6:35 PM

    From pee wee flag, to the NFL CALL WHAT YOU SEE, simple rule…if that ref saw Clark hit Cruz in the helmet (nevermind the distinctive sound) he needs a fine and a suspension.

  23. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Nov 9, 2012 6:59 PM

    Textbook tackle. It was bad enough that there was a flag thrown. The refs were trying to GIVE the game to the giants.

  24. realtimeeyes says: Nov 9, 2012 7:54 PM

    The rule should be changed from defenseless player to………….. any time a player lies hurt on the ground from a vicious hit..

  25. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 9, 2012 10:50 PM

    Of course not-he’s a Steeler.

  26. bubbahotepp says: Nov 9, 2012 11:23 PM

    2 bad calls on that drive cost us 7.

  27. csilojohnson says: Nov 10, 2012 9:51 AM

    Fine the refs! WWNFL has become a joke.

  28. plumbstl says: Nov 11, 2012 1:45 AM

    The hit on C. Rainey was late and a cheap shot and he hit him with the crown of his helmet should have been a fine and flag,# 37 looks like you got away with one. I didn’t see you praying for him like some of your teammates guess that’s how you roll?

  29. uramoron says: Nov 11, 2012 9:05 AM

    “Welcome to our world, Steelers*” – – – yeah right. the NFL has been targeting the Steelers since 2008.

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