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View Poll Results: Worst NFL Officiating Calls Ever?
Tuck Rule 8 57.14%
Fail Mary 3 21.43%
Music City Miracle 0 0%
Mike Renfro's Catch 6 42.86%
Bert Emmanuel Catch 1 7.14%
Bottlegate 2 14.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 14. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-25-2013, 12:05 AM
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Can't really say on "all-time". But last Sunday's taunting call against Dontari Poe of the Chiefs was bizarre.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:25 AM
Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Originally Posted by CouponJack View Post
I would like to see instant replay be allowed on penalties...

If anyone thinks I'm nuts, take a look at the hit last night...

It was 100% legal. Leading w/the shoulder right into the ball. It was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Awful call.

Donte Whitner Gets Called for Questionable Personal Foul Against Falcons | Bleacher Report
They taught us that during our Pop Warner days.......

And the receiver made a "football move", so it wasn't like the "defenseless player" call I've seen so much of lately.

Yes, a truly awful call.
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:44 AM
Location: San Diego
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Hochuli apologizes to fans for blown call in Chargers-Broncos game - NFL - ESPN
But I'm a Denver fan so
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:57 PM
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Also I think the Giants-49ers game (I think several years ago) the officials had missed the call.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:38 AM
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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As of November, the NFL competition committee (who is made up of managers and coaches) did not consider challenging penalties in NFL games....honestly, I saw a ton of bad "judgement" calls throughout the year....not saying they were for or against a particular team, just bad judgement calls in general....I hope they come to their senses and allow penalties (like pass interference) to be challenged...

I know the people on the other side will say its a slippery slope to review judgement calls and it could slow down the game more, but honestly, I would add another 5-10 min to a game if they are going to get the call right....

NFL competition committee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:49 PM
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Originally Posted by Finger Laker View Post
Let us remember why instant reply was brought back
Sometimes instant replays can cause bad calls. One of the most controversial calls was the 1979 AFC Championship game when the Oilers were robbed a touchdown which was a baloney. Fail Mary, Packers at Seattle, which was when Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary to Golden Tate. Bottlegate game in Cleveland has to be absurd.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:05 PM
Location: Minnesota
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They've overdone the rulebook. And there isn't a program of culling the officiating ranks and replacing the boobs with new people with more talent. Seriously, I think a lot of goodwill is lost to the brand by annoyance with stupid calls. Goodell jumps through hoops to burnish the shield, only to put people on the field lacking the brains and physical skills to call a game properly. This is a lot like a company that spends billions on design and then hires idiots for sales.
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:15 AM
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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The gist I get from this topic is that **** happens sometimes. That just means it's up to the players to execute better so they don't need the referees to be perfect in order to win. QBs throw INTs. RBs fumble. WRs drop passes. Offensive linemen miss blocks. Defensive linemen and LBs miss tackles. DBs blow coverages. Punters shank punts. Kickerss shank FG attempts. Coaches make unwise decisions. Referees blow calls.

It's funny how we only remember when a blown call goes against the losing team, though I guess that goes with the territory of losers making excuses. We never remember when teams win games despite blown calls, and that happens a lot more than we realize.

As far as I'm concerned, if you have to rely on the butterfly effect to explain why a team would have/could have/should have won a game they lost (e.g. Houston Oilers, 1979 AFC Championship Game), then quite frankly, they didn't deserve to win, period. Not every rhinoceros fart in western Africa stirs up a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, most don't. Show me a blown call against the losing team, and I'll show you at least five blown plays that could have made a difference.

In our zeal to make excuses, we lose context of the game. People still cry about the "tuck rule," but forget that the Patriots still had the ball in their own territory, so the Raiders didn't have to let them in range for the game-tying FG. For that matter, they could have kept the Patriots out of FG range in OT too. The Raiders had a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter and choked. Sucks to be them.

Many people remember the referees botching an overtime coin toss one Thanksgiving in Detroit and supposedly robbing the Steelers of a win, but forget that the Steelers had a 10-point lead in the middle of the third quarter. They didn't have to let the Lions catch up. For that matter, if the Steelers wanted to go to the playoffs this season, they should never have left their fate in the hands of referees in a game being played over 2,000 miles away from Pittsburgh during the last week of the regular season. If they won more than eight games, they would have made the playoffs, period.

For all the hysteria about Super Bowl XL, I could go through a litany of tactical and execution errors by the Seahawks that nobody in media even bothered to talk about afterward. And speaking of the Seahawks, the Packers would never have been victimized by the "Fail Mary" if only they bothered to score more than 12 points.

Quite frankly, I'm getting sick and tired of illogical sports fans. The way they tell it, everything's a conspiracy by the NFL (or any other sports league) to make certain teams look good and other teams look bad. The winners never earn it, and the losers are all victims. What next, the redistribution of Lombardi Trophies so every team has their "fair share"? Are the Super Bowl champions are all determined during a meeting at the Bilderberg Hotel before the season starts? Or was it determined this week by casino owners in Las Vegas?

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Old 02-21-2014, 01:06 AM
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Dan Pastorini's end zone pass to Mike Renfro in the 1979 AFC Championship Game.

That, and the Tuck Rule.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:13 AM
Location: Minnesota
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Originally Posted by jaypee View Post
Don't forget last season's Fail Mary/Simultaneous Possession call -- Green Bay at Seattle.
Do you need an asterisk when high school officials are substituting for the regular guys due to a contract dispute. I think all those calls should be excluded because the whole world knew those officials were out of their depth.
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