Bad calls happen in sports all the time.
As long as there is a human element involved with officiating the games we watch, there are going to be mistakes made that will ultimately have an impact on who wins and who loses.
However, some fans apparently can’t take the bad breaks as well as others.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Daniel L. Spuck of Mercer, Pa. has filed a motion seeking “a temporary emergency injunction” against the NFL in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The motion claims that the San Diego Chargers should not be in the playoffs because of the missed illegal formation call by Bill Leavy’s crew in the Chargers’ season-ending victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers had too many players on one side of the center and should have been flagged on the play. Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed a would-be game-winning field goal and the Chargers managed to earn the victory in overtime and a postseason berth. The Chiefs should have been allowed another attempt at the field goal after the would-be penalty.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were left as the odd team out. After losses by the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, a loss from San Diego would have put the Steelers in the postseason.
Spuck – presumably an aggrieved Steelers fan – filed the lawsuit via inmate mail from the Pennsylvania corrections department.
In the lawsuit that was filed prior to the start of the postseason, Spuck suggested the league could suspend the playoffs to allow Succop to re-kick the field goal or forced the Chargers and Steelers to play on a neutral field to determine who made the playoffs as the final team in the AFC.
The lawsuit is completely asinine. The Steelers have been the beneficiary of bad calls in the past. Leavy was the head referee for Super Bowl XL, which the Steelers won 21-10 over the Seattle Seahawks. Leavy admitted he “kicked two calls in the fourth quarter” of that game that helped the Steelers emerge victorious.
The Chargers have also been on the wrong end of officiating errors in the past as well In 2008, Ed Hochuli ruled a Jay Cutler fumble an incomplete pass. The Chargers had recovered the loose ball but the call allowed the Denver Broncos to keep possession and earn a win over the Chargers.
Bottom line is every team finds themselves on the wrong end of a questionable call at some time or another. Spuck is going to have to live with this call going against the Steelers.