Golden Tate: Refs let Vikings get away with cheap shots

AP

Lions receiver Golden Tate was not happy with the officiating in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings.

Asked on Monday if the Vikings took some cheap shots, Tate answered, “One hundred and ten percent.”

The officials threw plenty of flags on Sunday, with the Vikings being penalized 10 times for 97 yards and the Lions six times for 39 yards. According to Tate, the Vikings would have had a lot more penalties if the officials had called everything by the book.

“After watching the film there were several holds, late hits that I thought should have been called. A couple of them I wouldn’t be surprised if we turn them in [to the NFL],” Tate said, via the Detroit Free Press. “But then again, that’s part of playing on the road. You’ve got to control that by not making the game close and busting it wide open. So that’s what we should have done better. But there were a few plays out there that I think were clear violations of this game.”

Tate declined to say which plays he was referring to, other than to say, “There were a couple. Several. A bunch.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell, however, said he didn’t have a problem with the officiating, calling it a tough, physical game that the officials called appropriately. That’s a wise approach for Caldwell to take. The 0-2 Lions have a lot they need to improve, and they’d be better off focusing on the things they can control.

85 responses to “Golden Tate: Refs let Vikings get away with cheap shots

  1. The same Golden Tate who committed OPI on the Fail Mary?? That Golden Tate?

    Get over yourself. When you’re jobbing to the Vikings, you have bigger issues to worry about.

  2. Every time Tate didn’t make the catch he started whining for a flag. I rewatched it, there was maybe 1 time where he had a legitimate case. Meanwhile anytime anyone breathed on Stafford he fell down in a heap. He did take a few good shots, he earned his bruises, but at the same time he was on the ground more times than he was knocked down.

  3. This is society. IT’S NOT FAIR! We were hit late, we want a trophy too….

    Pathetic. Almost done with the NFL. Goodell, the owners, the whiny coaches and players….yuck.

    I would however, like to watch 16 games between the Packers and the Patriots. Thank my lucky stars for those two teams.

    A PACKERS FAN

  4. Golden Tate is what is wrong with the NFL. He gets shut down by perfect coverage, than after every single play where he gets beat by his man, he throws his hands up looking for a flag. Than he goes and complains about it.

    Golden needs to invest in NFL GamePass, it’s a fantastic service!

  5. From a guy who proclaimed himself a great, number one receiver in the offseason and then was held to 6 catches, 80 yards and 0 TDs by a 37 year old corner?

  6. Vikings: 10 penalties for 97 yards
    Lions: 6 penalties for 39 yards

    Barr helping Stafford out of bounds was street justice for the refs blown call on Teddy being tackled out of bounds. Can’t have it both ways.

  7. Why has nobody brought up the fact that the refs gave the Lions a free first down on their last drive after we stopped them short on 4th down? At the very least they needed to measure it but they just gave it to them. The refs were bad this game, but the Vikings were on the bad end of many calls.

  8. They were unnecessary shoves that you hate when your team gets them…I’m a Lions fan…they probably were technically legal for the most part. There is no rule on letting up on the QB if he is running out of bounds, as long as he is still in bounds.

  9. This coming from a guy who pushed a defender 5 yards out of the way on the fail mary play then when confronted about it by a reporter afterwards said “I don’t know what you’re talking about” with a straight face.

  10. Refs could have called PI on nearly every play against the Vikings. On the FG drive, there was a huge hold on Lance Moore in the end zone that, if he wasn’t held, would have been a TD. Plenty of jersey pulls, arms wrapped around guys and shoves the refs let them get away with. Not to mention shots Stafford took after the ball was away. Our pathetic oline play allowed guys to get through so until that improves I don’t expect Matt to live through the season. The Vikings looked pathetic on Monday night and if the Lions weren’t such a mess themselves we would have knocked them out. Our line looks confused half the time and play calling is atrocious. Run the hurry up every drive, that’s the only time our O has produced.

  11. You see, it’s just a hard argument to make when the Vikings were penalized a lot more than the Lions. The HOME team was penalized a lot more. Sounds like the Vikings were just a lot tougher. It’s still football Golden…

  12. Golden- How about your team plays better so you can overcome some of these penalties. You were’nt crabbing about the refs on the Fail Mary.

  13. You know I’d like to see one week’s worth of games go by this year with no player on any of the teams whining. Just once.

    This has gone from the tough guy league to the whining, little girl wa wa wa they’re smarter then us so make it so they can’t use those plays whining league.

  14. the lions complaining about cheap shots, that’s rich.

    they played aggressive on defense, it was nice to watch

  15. Not a Vikings fan but Golden Tate is about the last person who should complain about poor officiating. Not many WR’s in the league commit offensive pass interference as Tate.

  16. Just when one thinks hypocrisy has reached its maximum, someone sets out to raise the bar, in this case Tate.

    To Tate: Keep talking. Sooner or later someone is going to pay you back for what you’ve done and they won’t lose a second of sleep if you go on IR.

  17. Sean Lee took your best shot and came back after 3 plays. He made
    5-6 more tackles. Most importantly he didn’t cry about it, even after
    Tate’s b.s. posing after the play. Weak, weak, weak!!

  18. It was a hard hitting game and the refs let the teams play. That said, the refs were bad…and called a ton of penalties on the Vikings to keep Lions drives alive. And the free first don at the goal when they were stopped on 4th down SHOULD be reviewed by the league. One ref waved his hands over head to stop the clock, likely to measure. The other ref just put the ball down, and Stafford rushes to snap it. The refs absolutely should have measured there, because the spot of the ball was clearly short. But the refs were confused, and even huddled up afterwards to discuss it (too late dummies.) The refs were as bad as the replacements.

  19. golden needs someone to call the whaabulance for him poor thing su dude keep those huge lips shut a while you are looking stupid for the record what about the fn 5th down you asses had

  20. Could everyone just pump the brakes on the incessant whining in today’s NFL.
    I understand that we are running on a 24/7 news cycle and that every single word that’s uttered has the potential to be poured through for national consumption.
    But, I’m so completely sick of this losers mentality and the blame someone else society.

    Lose with dignity, lose like a man and settle outstanding issues down the road.

  21. Why can’t this guy act mature like Calvin Johnson? I never hear him crying. Tate seems to cry a lot, even though he’s guilty of getting away with everything.

  22. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise at this point. The Vikings have long known to be cheap shot artists due to their frustration and ineptitude.

    They have a guy (Robison) who actually kicked a player square in the nutz with the bottom of his cleat.

    It kind of goes along with the character of the team that has the most arrests in the NFL over the last 5 years.

  23. Wow coming from the guy who blindsided Sean Lee a couple of years ago this is laughable.

    Take your frustrations out somewhere else Goldenboy. I’m sorry you aren’t having a good season bc you no loner have Calvin getting triple teamed and don’t have the Seattle offense to to help you find holes in the defense.

    And to think I almost drafted you on fantasy.

    When it comes to cheap shots, I don’t care, I still love Mike Zimmer from his Dallas days. Hell of a coach.

  24. conormacleod says:
    Sep 22, 2015 10:10 AM
    You see, it’s just a hard argument to make when the Vikings were penalized a lot more than the Lions. The HOME team was penalized a lot more.

    ——-

    From this, seems clear vikes probably were taking a lot of cheap shots. Not surprising, when you’re not very good, you have to do whatever you can to win. Having said that, you lost to the vikings, Golden, the vikings, best to just put this one in the rear view mirror and move on.

  25. If he thinks the officiating is biased when he plays against the Vikings— I bet his head will explode when they play the Packers at Lambeau Field. Their Line (specifically #69) gets a “Golden Ticket” to break rules in every way to assure “Golden Boy” Aaron Rodgers gets the ultimate protection.

  26. @ lionsfan2086—— lol, ” would have knocked them out!” He says…. This was one of those games where it was decided early & there was never any doubt. The Lions scoring late while the Vikings were basically Im prevent!!! There was no chance for you…. The Vikings still need to clean up their penalties.. Far to many!!! There were poor calls on both sides but, the lions benefitted the most due to some poor play calls…. In particular, They were stopped on 4th down, they came out measure, Stafford quickly snapped the ball and the refs did not blow a whistle or call the play dead…. Smart move for Stafford but ridiculous none the less

  27. I forget exactly the situation but he dropped an easy ball in a big situation or committed some dumb penalty on Sunday. I remember they showed him on the sideline looking real embarrassed after.

  28. Case in point, when everybody talks about whining on this thread, here is a prime example.
    ______________________________________
    farmmbig says:
    Sep 22, 2015 10:45 AM

    If he thinks the officiating is biased when he plays against the Vikings— I bet his head will explode when they play the Packers at Lambeau Field. Their Line (specifically #69) gets a “Golden Ticket” to break rules in every way to assure “Golden Boy” Aaron Rodgers gets the ultimate protection.
    ______________________________________
    See, even the NFL’s modern day fans are guilty of this.
    Try losing with dignity.
    You should have enough practice by now.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 22, 2015 10:51 AM
    What a baby. So what was it? A couple? Several? A bunch? Name them.

    ——

    No kidding. What a bunch of crybabies. You got beat by a better team. Get used to it.

    Skol Vikes!

  30. Carl Gerbschmidt
    Sep 22, 2015, 9:42 AM CDT
    conormacleod says:
    Sep 22, 2015 10:10 AM
    You see, it’s just a hard argument to make when the Vikings were penalized a lot more than the Lions. The HOME team was penalized a lot more.

    ——-

    From this, seems clear vikes probably were taking a lot of cheap shots. Not surprising, when you’re not very good, you have to do whatever you can to win. Having said that, you lost to the vikings, Golden, the vikings, best to just put this one in the rear view mirror and move on.
    ———
    No Carl. If you read the article, it’s clear Golden thought the Vikings got away with a lot of cheap shots. The amount of penalties shows that the refs called a tight game.

    Not to mention, not one single post game show from any media source is saying anything other than the fact that the Vikings simply beat up the Lions.

    But tell us more about your preseason predictions of the Lions contending for the division and the Vikings finishing last.

  31. all this whining about ref calls is going to ruin the NFL.

    Those of us who have been watching since the 60’s know that there will be blown calls. That’s part of the game kids, get used to it. Maybe we get to see too much on replay these days. Perhaps this is why the NFL wasn’t keen on pylon cams. One more reason for bad sports to complain.

    There used to be a lesson in sports, sometimes you can do everything right and still lose. Adults should know and accept this. Life isn’t fair.

    The old adage, there’s a penalty on every play is spot on. Would anyone watch if every flag was thrown? And if they don’t flag every penalty then does the game have any “integrity”?

  32. I don’t know what game he’s talking about, but it certainly wasn’t the one this past Sunday. I do recall, however, Teddy Bridgewater getting blatantly tackled out of bounds with no call.

    Tate has obviously taken after Stafford. Whine, complain, blame others, then whine some more.

  33. conormacleod says:
    Sep 22, 2015 11:04 AM

    But tell us more about your preseason predictions of the Lions contending for the division and the Vikings finishing last.

    ——
    What are you talking about? Lions contending for the Division? who in the world would ever think that? Although, I think you are on to something about vikes finishing last.

    Is there any fan base as delusional as vikes? I guess not surprising given that your getting Teddy’s Canton bust ready based on the fact that he threw for over 150 yards (barely) in a game and has evened up his TD/INT ratio to 1:1.

  34. This guy has the audacity to complain about officiating? Go steal a doughnut, Tate.
    9/13/12 #neverforget

  35. If you watch the game you’ll see their hits were legal and during the course of play and could actually have been a lot worse if they wanted. And there were NO late hits ever.

    Particularly that one from Barr on Stafford, his hands touched him while he was in bounds and you’ll see hits much further out of bounds that do NOT get called. Vikings should be complaining about the refs not Lions.

  36. Having Tate on the field makes the game borderline unwatchable when the Lions are on offense. If he doesn’t catch the ball when it’s thrown his way, he turns around and starts crying for a flag every time. Could be thirty feet over his head and he’s yelling at the ref. Quit whining and play the game

  37. Hey Tate, what did you think of that play where the Lion CB tackled Charles Johnson from behind by wrapping his arm around Johnson’s neck and then yanking him backwards?

  38. For the record, every Lions fan I’ve discussed the game couldn’t give a care about the hits as far as whether they were legal or not.

    People are blaming the offensive line, but more so Lombardi for his inept scheme that’s allowing Stafford to be exposed like a tackling dummy.

    Good game Vikes

  39. Talk about home cooking,wait till you go to GB and count holding calls that will not be made against Pack , we all know that the league has it set up so Pack and Pats play in SB. It is a lot like 2009 when the NFL made sure that Saints got to the SB NFL= National Fixed League

  40. Pot meet kettle Golden. Jason Jones dove into McKinnon’s legs after he was stood up by two Lions players and not moving. You had another Lion hit Teddy in the legs out of bounds. At least Stafford was pushed while he was still in bounds. Please stop talking.

  41. lionsfan2086 says:
    Sep 22, 2015 10:09 AM

    Refs could have called PI on nearly every play against the Vikings. On the FG drive, there was a huge hold on Lance Moore in the end zone that, if he wasn’t held, would have been a TD. Plenty of jersey pulls, arms wrapped around guys and shoves the refs let them get away with. Not to mention shots Stafford took after the ball was away. Our pathetic oline play allowed guys to get through so until that improves I don’t expect Matt to live through the season. The Vikings looked pathetic on Monday night and if the Lions weren’t such a mess themselves we would have knocked them out. Our line looks confused half the time and play calling is atrocious. Run the hurry up every drive, that’s the only time our O has produced.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Look at your OWN team. We made amends for an out of body game against the Niners, we read too many press clippings,and we are back on track.

    You got beat up by a good Vikings team, period.

    Same old lions……..

  42. LOL. This coming from a guy that throws his hands up looking for a flag every time he doesn’t make a catch and makes a first down signal right in the face of the defender every time he does.

  43. Never thought I’d say this, but I miss the good old days when Nate Burleson was the only Lions WR to talk after games.

  44. Barr certainly delivered a cheap one on Stafford. Vikings even hired a parachutist to ram into Lions players!

  45. Viking fans are complainers. Detroit has kicked your asses for a couple of years now and you win a game with cheap shots and late hits and the refs don’t call. Even the announcers said those were cheap shot because they were. It OK because you have to come to Detroit to play them next time. There will be repercussions for the cheap shots.

  46. Pretty funny considering the refs were calling in the Lions favor the vast majority of the game, including calling the Vikings for a late hit and NOT calling the Lions for a late hit.

  47. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Sep 22, 2015 10:36 AM

    This shouldn’t be much of a surprise at this point. The Vikings have long known to be cheap shot artists due to their frustration and ineptitude.

    They have a guy (Robison) who actually kicked a player square in the nutz with the bottom of his cleat.

    It kind of goes along with the character of the team that has the most arrests in the NFL over the last 5 years.
    —————————————-
    Not much of a surprise huh? Seems to me they are usually on the opposite end of cheap shots but let’s not get into that. I will comment on your Robison reference. Yes, Robison kicked the guy square in the “nutz” which was the wrong thig to do. But being body slammed by the person he kicked square in the “nutz” was the cause of such kick. Nice how you leave that out of the sentence.

  48. twelsh36446 says:
    Sep 22, 2015 3:02 PM
    Viking fans are complainers. Detroit has kicked your asses for a couple of years now and you win a game with cheap shots and late hits and the refs don’t call. Even the announcers said those were cheap shot because they were. It OK because you have to come to Detroit to play them next time. There will be repercussions for the cheap shots.

    Wait, what? Detroit has kicked the Vikings asses for a couple of years? What years were those? Detroit has won 3 out of the last 7 games…

    Of course, Tate doesn’t live in reality let facts get in the way, so why should his fans?

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