Lions say ref admitted enforcing penalty on wrong team

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Sunday’s Bears-Lions game was refereed by Jeff Triplette, and like most games refereed by Jeff Triplette, it was full of questionable calls. But one call stood out as particularly bizarre.

That was the play when Lions center Graham Glasgow was flagged for illegal hands to the face, even though replays clearly showed that it was actually Bears defensive lineman Eddie Goldman who illegally put his hands into the face of Glasgow. Why on earth would the Lions get a penalty for something a Bear did?

According to the Lions after the game, the answer is simple: The officials enforced the penalty on the wrong team, and admitted afterward that they had called it the wrong way.

Glasgow told the Detroit Free Press after the game that an official came to him afterward and told him, “Oh, I just switched you guys up. I meant to call it on 91, but you were blocking him, so I accidentally called it on you.”

Glasgow didn’t know how he could possibly respond to that.

“I was like, ‘Oh.’ They tell us not to yell at the refs, so I’m like, ‘Whatever, man,’” Glasgow said.

With a mistake like that, “Whatever, man,” is about all you can say.

70 responses to “Lions say ref admitted enforcing penalty on wrong team

  1. The refs don’t care if they make mistakes because they know nothing will happen to them. The league needs full time refs that can be fired for mistakes like this.

  2. NFL officials (at least the head official.) should have to do post game interviews with the media just like HC’s and players do.

    IMO that would add a layer of focus if you have to stand and answer for yourself and your crew to the entire football world.

  3. How many issues has Triplette had over the last few years?? Maybe it’s time to change his hat…

  4. Even as a Lions fan (with the win) I can say that game was a disaster from a ref standpoint. The holding calls in the final drive were sketchy at best. That game truly had the feel of a fix. It was nice to be on the receiving end for once but…. fix nonetheless.

    And with the blown call and the way the Wilcox freaked out, there HAS TO BE discipline.

  5. And its not just Triplett, his whole crew is awful! Every week, at some point you would think there would be changes. The HL has got to be the most incompetent official in the NFL.

  6. i understand calling the wrong player, but how do you possibly call a penalty on the wrong team? this guy needs to go. this has been the worst year of officiating ive ever seen. its seriously making me consider not watching anymore.

  7. The bad officiating continues in the NFL and everyone in the NFL acts like it’s no big deal. I’m still trying to get over the bogus turnover call in the Cleveland/Redskins from earlier in the season.

  8. What a joke the refs have become. Not that I don’t think that they are allowed to make mistakes. They are human after all. But seriously, calling a penalty in the wrong team? It’s not like the ref made a bad call. He meant to make the right call and accidentally called it on the other team. That’s beyond stupid! That’s not the normal human failure, that’s ineptitude beyond anything reasonable.

  9. 345snarkavenue says:
    Dec 12, 2016 11:10 AM
    Blandino’s explanation should be interesting

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    Does he actually respond to these anymore? I thought they just replayed the same old tape that says whatever the refs called was correct….

  10. To get paid as much as these individuals do and to make this many errors seriously makes me want to change my career path. Any they only work half the year doing this I might add. It’s sickening.

  11. Standby for the liars at 345 Corrupt Ave and their “explanation” of why this was just fine and no problem at all.

  12. Blandino assessment….’there was no mistake made….when a ref forgets the player and # a penalty is to be called on, they must always go with the first player and # that pops in their head…it’s protocol.’

  13. And then they admitted that they missed a game changing obvious pass interference call that would have put the Bears in easy field goal range with a good chance of winning the game outright. (after taking the Bears out of field goal range on the two previous plays, each with offensive holding – admittedly, both correct calls)

  14. And some people still wonder why they need full time officials.

    Officiating a hobby for these guys, and there is no incentive to do a good job.

  15. He forgot for a minute that all the calls were supposed to be on Da Bears. The script was Bears get called; the Lions get overlooked.

  16. I sometimes wonder if the NFL ref program is designed to keep these guys from doing more harm in other fields. Like trying to land planes upside down, amputating the wrong leg, or divorcing people at a wedding.

  17. Maybe the cold weather caused the pressure in his skull to drop to below-legal guidelines, per the ideal-gasbag law.

    Or maybe the penalty flag he threw hit him in the eye and temporarily blinded him.

  18. So what prime time games will Jeff Triplette and his crew get as a reward er…punishment…

    They need to shut him down for the rest of the year for that kind of mistake.

    They won’t, because being a ref is hard work and we should all go easy on these people.

    I mean its so hard they have to finish their nfl work and then go back to the regular jobs at the end of the season…

    Its not a question of the refs being terrible or not–they usually are.

    It is a question why the NFL feels the need to deny they are terrible and make excuses, instead of taking action. Making a mistake like this should result in Triplette getting fired or benched for at least the rest of the regular season.

    I also don’t understand why when Delanie Walker made a good move and scored down the sideline in the early phases of the titans denver game-he was called out of bounds–but replay on the broadcast showed initially he stayed in bounds.

    Mularkey threw a challenge flag and I thought the officials told him he couldn’t challenge or something. It was weird.

    And then Murray scored, which was better for my fantasy team anyway…but it was still weird.

  19. If you could have blindly pulled a name out of a bag and guessed it was Jeff T’s group it wont come as a surprise. The shocker is how is he still a ref?

  20. One of the reasons I don’t bet on the NFL. There are too many shady things happening in games.

  21. NFL officiating has never been worse. Watch any game on any given Sunday and see a handful of terrible calls that change outcomes one way or the other. Fire the whole works, simplify the rule book and start over with full time refs.

  22. Is there ANY other job in the world where you can routinely screw up big time and not get fired?

    I’ll wait for the answer. Someone wake me up when it arrives.

  23. The bad officiating continues in the NFL and everyone in the NFL acts like it’s no big deal. I’m still trying to get over the bogus turnover call in the Cleveland/Redskins from earlier in the season.

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    Bills fans are still angry over the missed calls on our Monday night game which cost us a win over Seattle.

    Missed the most blatant roughing the kicker call in NFL history and follow it up 10 seconds later by winding the clock before the ball was spotted so that the Bills had 5 seconds to snap and were then flagged themselves for delay of game for it. From 5 yards back the FG was missed and that was the difference between losing needing a TD on 4th and goal and kicking a chip shot to go to overtime with all the momentum.

    Theres bad officiating like iffy calls but when your bad officials are costing teams wins in a 16 game season things need to change. Calling a penalty on the wrong team should be grounds for an officiating suspension

  24. While I hate the instant replay rule (it’s still judgment after all), they ought to have it where a coach can challenge a penalty call to see if it was the right call. Not with 3 regular challenges per half, how about 1 penalty replay each half?

  25. They just need to change the replay rules so that these mistakes can be fixed in real time.

    Nobody is perfect in their jobs, players, coaches, refs, TC announcers, nobody. We have so many HD cameras that no mistakes are missed now, so let’s just use them to get the calls right.

    If you fire refs everytime they make a mistake, you’ll have no refs. If you have 10 refs, you will always have a #1 best and a #10 worst. That’s just the way it is.

    All these posters who claim if they made mistakes in their jobs, they’d be fired. Yeh, right. Just juding by the spelling and grammer, I’d say most people here are not perfect either. If you think it’s easy, MMQB, just sign up and try it yourself. It’s not.

  26. Getting the call on the wrong team is inexcusable. That said, the Lions were gift wrapped that game via a series of lousy calls. (1) The mystery pass interference on the Lions go ahead drive. The ball is way over the receiver’s head and way past him, ie uncatchable but pi is called. Waiting for an explanation on how that was catchable. Then, two mystery holding calls after big completions by the Bears on their last drive. Those were absolute garbage calls.

  27. marmac2768 says:
    Dec 12, 2016 12:20 PM

    While I hate the instant replay rule (it’s still judgment after all), they ought to have it where a coach can challenge a penalty call to see if it was the right call. Not with 3 regular challenges per half, how about 1 penalty replay each half?

    —————————————————-

    This is a bad idea for two reasons… one, the fans will become more restless if a call isn’t overturned for their home team. Philly fan will be throwing batteries every game at that point… two, more challenges leads to more commercials and less entertainment.

    How about actual accountability, full time refs whose jobs are on the line, etc. The only way to get the refs accurate is to create an environment for consequences. “Oh, I don’t get to do the playoff games because my officiating team sucked all year” is not a punishment. Suspensions, demotions, etc. Teams are constantly improving rosters (except the Browns) so should Blandino.

  28. Not sure how fair it is to tar all officiating with the standard consistently achieved by Triplette and his crew.

    People ask how Fisher can get an extension in light of his performance, but he’s only hurting one team – the same team – each week.

  29. ““I was like, ‘Oh.’ They tell us not to yell at the refs, so I’m like, ‘Whatever, man,’” Glasgow said.”

    Best player response to a Ref screw Up Ever!

  30. How could fans lose faith in the league and in its plans for its refs based on this info. This type of thing has more to do with the fall off of fans than anything. When I was a kid I was shocked WWF was fake. I never watched wrestling again once I realized the result was pre-determined. I think fans are having a similar revelation about the NFL when you hear stuff like this and some of the other crazy things that just “happen” yet favor a specific team. That sounds to me how games can get rigged by back door deals when refs can call an obvious penalty on someone who was on the opposite side and no one, NO ONE, picks it up until after the game. snicker, snicker, whoops, tee-hee, sorry you lost that game. More and more looks like the games are rigged when you have part time refs to conveniently blame, deflategate, etc… The NFL can manufacture any result it wants in any game and unless someone directly involved blows the whistle we won’t know, if we are naive enough to believe it can’t and isnt happening.

  31. Is there ANY other job in the world where you can routinely screw up big time and not get fired?

    I’ll wait for the answer. Someone wake me up when it arrives.

    There are a few others… Commissioner of the NFL. EVP of Football Operations for the NFL. Head Coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

  32. kerzondax says:
    Dec 12, 2016 12:08 PM
    Is there ANY other job in the world where you can routinely screw up big time and not get fired?

    I’ll wait for the answer. Someone wake me up when it arrives.
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    I can think of one off the top of my head: NFL Commissioner.

  33. “Whatever, man.” That’s what Triplette was thinking, too. I mean, why should he care? He can do whatever he wants and it won’t matter. It’s literally impossible to get fired as an NFL referee. There’s no accountability whatsoever for them.

  34. tim8450 says:
    Dec 12, 2016 12:25 PM

    All these posters who claim if they made mistakes in their jobs, they’d be fired. Yeh, right. Just juding by the spelling and grammer, I’d say most people here are not perfect either.
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    Bravo. Well played, sir. Well played.

  35. It was a terrible mistake, but Triplette and his boys more than made it up to the Lions with their calls against the Bears the rest of the way.

  36. The reffing was brutal in this game. There was a crazy sequence at the end of the first half where Detroit RB Dwayne Washington was stopped and the Bear defenders were holding him up. The Refs would not blow the whistle for Caldwell to call a time out. That wasn’t the wierd part – the side Judge started arguing with the Coach, it looked pretty heated, with Caldwell looking visibly upset that this ref was in his face. What the heck was that?

  37. I’m the first guy to always blame Triplette because he is an awful official, but often times it’s an error by someone on the crew. In this case it’s unlikely that Triplette even saw the infraction, so he has to trust his guy to get it right.

    As fun as it is to blame the Head Referee he is often just the face of the crew and takes bullets for other guys.

  38. Everyone talking about the fix being in must not have read the article. The insane screw up went AGAINST the Lions – who won.

    Now there were three questionable calls against the Bears – but that stuff happens in every game. Plus I really doubt the refs were trying to help either team win.

    This is nothing compared to Rodgers getting a roughing the passer call for a glancing blow to the head when he wasn’t’ a passer (got the ball back on a lateral after throwing his one and only legal pass). Also against Detroit.

    Hmm… then again…

  39. Yes, we can accept the mistake, but giving the circumstances that this was a close game with high playoff implications (specially for the Lions) is a shame that the refs and the NFL will just shrug it off. The refs need to have more accountability.

  40. The Bears played like crap, and they deserved the penalties that got called on them (plus a few more).
    Tackling the WR’s WAY before the ball got there, blatantly holding so MM could get rid of the ball, and on that supposedly uncatchable ball where PI was called, they totally held and blocked the WR so he couldn’t get up the field.

    Play better, and maybe some calls will go your way, but to say ‘the refs handed the game to the Lions’ is pure BS.

  41. timmmah10 says:
    Dec 12, 2016 12:34 PM
    marmac2768 says:
    Dec 12, 2016 12:20 PM

    While I hate the instant replay rule (it’s still judgment after all), they ought to have it where a coach can challenge a penalty call to see if it was the right call. Not with 3 regular challenges per half, how about 1 penalty replay each half?

    —————————————————-

    This is a bad idea for two reasons… one, the fans will become more restless if a call isn’t overturned for their home team. Philly fan will be throwing batteries every game at that point… two, more challenges leads to more commercials and less entertainment.

    How about actual accountability, full time refs whose jobs are on the line, etc. The only way to get the refs accurate is to create an environment for consequences. “Oh, I don’t get to do the playoff games because my officiating team sucked all year” is not a punishment. Suspensions, demotions, etc. Teams are constantly improving rosters (except the Browns) so should Blandino.

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    The very best referee will miss one once in a while. Have you ever watched a play where it took 3 or 4 different camera angles to finally be able to see what actually happened? Sure, can you imagine trying to make that same call in REAL time, at REAL speed from 70 or 8o feet away? I have refereed football and baseball in High School and JUCO and it is a difficult job.

    As for my idea, no, that wouldn’t be something that would be used all the time just like regular IR is not used all the time. Fans would just love it to get it right and they are not going to like it less or not like it more if they only had 2 extra replays per game. If it were to make up one bad call, the fans would be for it.

    As for Philly, they could look at it with their eyes wide open and see it clearly as it should be and they would still boo! That’s is the “booingest” bunch of people in the world.

  42. There are three refs who are incompetent:

    Jerome Boogers – one of the worst ever and apparently blind.

    Jeffie Sue Triplette – the absolute worst official since Jim Tunney in the 1970’s – this jerk makes up calls and continues to collect a paycheck – he was instrumental in giving the Carolina Paper Tigers a game they did not win last year and he is deadly on rules. This guy simply fabricates calls that can never be supported by replay.

    Then there is Ed Hockuli – proof that the blind can get both a law degree and can rise to the level of head butt munch referee. This guy is so wrong so often that apparently he has candid shots of the NFL commish with a water boy.

  43. I’m not saying referees don’t have a tough job. I’m saying they are part time and making them full time would allow the league to actually hold refs truly accountable. If all of them make 1 mistake a game, then there’s your curve to judge them by.

    In any sport, official errors are the norm. Hold them to a higher standard than part time employee, and maybe that will improve.

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