XFL admits blunder at end of Seattle-Houston game

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Unlike the NFL, the XFL has full transparency when it comes to officiating. Unlike the NFL, the XFL is willing to freely admit its mistakes.

In a refreshing (except for Seattle fans) statement issued after Saturday’s games between the Seattle Dragons and the Houston Roughnecks, the XFL admitted that an officiating error robbed the Dragons of a chance to tie a game that Houston led by nine. Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker had taken a knee on fourth down at his own 23 with time on the clock. The officials ruled that the clock had expired.

“Saturday’s Seattle Dragons-Houston Roughnecks game should not have ended as it did,” the XFL announced on Twitter. “Replays showed clearly that the knee of Houston quarterback P.J. Walker touched the field, rendering him ‘down’ and the fourth-down play officially completed, with approximately two seconds remaining on the clock — effectively turning the ball over to Seattle on downs. With a nine-point differential in the score, Seattle was denied an opportunity to tie the game. The XFL sincerely regrets this error.

“In addition, Wes Booker, who served as officiating supervisor for Saturday’s game, has been reassigned.”

Booker, as part of the XFL’s transparency, spoke on camera at the end of the game. He provided a thoroughly unconvincing explanation for the failure to bring back the teams and run one play from the Houston 23.

“Yes, it should be two seconds left,” Booker told ESPN’s Steve Levy. “We had determined that the game was over. And we went back and looked at in replay, but it was already — the game was already over, so there’s nothing we could do to get everybody corralled back.”

Levy was having none of it.

“Why is that?” he said. “I mean, everybody’s still here. The officials just ran off the field. That could make all the difference in a team’s season. One play from the 23.”

“Yes it can, but we’ll see,” Booker said. “I’ll see right here what we can do, but the game, we said this game is over and the game is over.”

The game definitely is over for Booker; whatever “reassigned” means, he likely won’t be serving as an XFL officiating supervisor anytime soon. And even though the admission from the XFL won’t change the outcome of the game, at least folks like Seattle coach Jim Zorn will get the sliver of satisfaction that comes from the XFL’s honesty and candor.

Of all the things the NFL could learn from the XFL, this is perhaps the most important lesson.

37 responses to “XFL admits blunder at end of Seattle-Houston game

  1. I hope Booker doesn’t get fired for a mistake, but I like that he’s getting called out. It was a pretty correctable mistake and he was a jerk about it, like an annoying grade school “letter of the law” teacher with a giant ego.

  2. I could tell there were a couple of seconds left. It was wrong to end the game when they did, but they did admit their mistake and Booker will be reassigned. Will that mean he will become a toilet attendant, who knows. Even though the officials got it wrong, the XFL right away admitted their mistake. Would the NFL under the same scenario? Probably not.And even if the NFL did it take forever to admit the mistake and/or take any action against official that messed up.

  3. “Booker will be reassigned. Will that mean he will become a toilet attendant, who knows.”

    It sounds he like he will become the NFL’s head of officiating.

  4. It’s great to see a league hold their officials responsible. Unlike the NFL or NBA where you have a job for life without any consequences no matter how bad you are.

  5. nice to see an organization owning up yo it’s mistakes….Roger Goodell….can you even imagine?

  6. nice to see an organization owning up up it’s mistakes….Roger Goodell….can you even imagine?

  7. Much better than the NFL. I hope the XFL lasts long enough to make the NFL an afterthought.

  8. I hate to act like an erudite Packer fan troll, but “no one cares about the XFL!”

  9. The XFL could of gained a lot of respect if they had brought the teams back and played it out.

  10. Sounds like somebody has a personal grudge against the NFL. The NFL breaks its own revenue records every year, and more and more people around the world are consuming their product. It wouldn’t have anything to do with Brady getting caught cheating, would it?

  11. Booker sounded like it was out of his control and clueless at the same time. Shout-out to the announcers who were making a big deal out of it.

  12. “Booker will be reassigned. Will that mean he will become a toilet attendant, who knows.”

    It sounds he like he will become the NFL’s head of officiating.

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    Did they ever fill Mike Carey’s position? He would be perfect for that. Mike Carey getting it wrong was always funny, especially during the super bowl.

  13. I wonder what would happen if the stakes get as high as they are in the NFL. That might change the way they do somethings.

  14. Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    March 7, 2020 at 8:59 pm
    Unlike the NFL, the XFL will be bankrupt in a year……,,
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    The XFL is owned by Vince McMahon. There is no possible scenario where it will be “bankrupt in a year”. How are people this dumb?

  15. The fact that Jim Zorn is a head coach again makes me believe that I anyone truly can do anything in this life.

  16. jhorton83 says:
    March 7, 2020 at 9:42 pm
    Robert “HandyMan” Kraft says:
    March 7, 2020 at 8:59 pm
    Unlike the NFL, the XFL will be bankrupt in a year……,,
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    The XFL is owned by Vince McMahon. There is no possible scenario where it will be “bankrupt in a year”. How are people this dumb?

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    OK. Let me start by explaining the difference between figurative and literal.

    Literal: taking words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory.

    Figurative: departing from a literal use of words; metaphorical.

    So that you can understand: they will not be playing football as an organization in a year. Is that better, genius?

  17. The XFL is owned by Vince McMahon. There is no possible scenario where it will be “bankrupt in a year”. How are people this dumb?
    >>>>>>>>>

    I mean they did fold up after a year once already

    I hope they make it but the history is there

  18. Do the Houston Roughnecks wear green and yellow uniforms? If so, it’s completely understandable.

  19. Vince has already invested enough to keep the league running for two seasons, genius.

  20. The sole reason the XFL exists is because of gambling during thjs lull period of sports after the NFL. They need this kind of transparency to establish credibility for the potential gamblers. They’re doing a great job, at least, on transparency front.

  21. I’m unaware of the rules so could someone explain to me how a team can get 9 points? Long xtra point for 3 points? Thanks.

  22. This is going to be a problem.

    Seattle fans are used to having the refs in their pocket. They won’t know what to do.

  23. “In addition, Wes Booker, who served as officiating supervisor for Saturday’s game, has been reassigned.”
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    A classic example of why there should be no unions. if he were in the NFL he wouldn’t be going anywhere.

  24. Super refreshing and comforting to know they can’t handle something as simple as stopping the clock after change of possession at a crucial moment. And then, despite their sky judge and Blandino, can’t correct the mistake. An apology means nothing in the win-loss column.

  25. I mean it is not like the NFL doesn’t admit when a call like that is wrong. The horrible DPI that was uncalled against Saints in NFC Championship game. They admitted it should have been a flag.

  26. I hate to act like an erudite Packer fan troll, but “no one cares about the XFL!”

    18 181 Rate This
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    I love seeing people say this then immediately get proven wrong by the thumbs. The thumbs know my friend. And I’m sure, like me, football fans would rather see guys work their ass off for $75k a year than bitch and moan because they’re only making $10 million a year like NFL players.

  27. I saw that interchange with Booker and Levy live and I have to say, Levy was over the top rude and domineering, as if Booker is his slave. I was appalled at the blatant racism.

  28. arealisticpackerfan says:
    March 7, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    It’s great to see a league hold their officials responsible. Unlike the NFL or NBA where you have a job for life without any consequences no matter how bad you are.
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    Clearly you have never heard of MLB umpire Joe West.

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