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WHAT a Stupid Rule (NFL)

Updated on February 15, 2018

The refs blew it

Today watching the NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions a grave injustice occured. Plain and simple the Lions got robbed on a "loophole" involving a very controversial rule that cost them the game. And remember folks I am a fierce Bear fan too. So should I be quiet and say that just because the Bears had nearly 300 more total yds at that time, and the statistics never lie, they deserved to win? Nope, not at all if you believe in fair play!

It so happened that wide receiver Calvin Johnson of the Lions received a pass from his quarterback Shaun Hill, that should have been declared a TD, and would have been in any other league. But while the Lions started celebrating victoriously with just under 25 seconds to go thinking they had their first road win in umteenth tries,and a come from behind 19-14 win; one of the officials raises his hands to signal TD, as the Referee does the unthinkable and contradicts him and overules him and the Detroit faithful in attendance and around the globe go ballistic.

IF you know anything about football how is that not a TD you ask? We watched Johnson catch the ball, twist, come down on an elbow and both knees and (get this) both feet in bounds, hanging onto the ball with his right hand. UP to this point all is well, TD right, but here is where it gets dicey. AS Johnson is continuing his motion he then reached over to put the ball down rather roughly and the ball literally jumped out of his hand going out of bounds. TD for sure, Johnson, his team, and probably everyone watching that game thought. Whether a Bear or Lion fan you thought like I did its OVER, but lo and behold I hear these words from the Umpire "the play is under review" This means he must go under the hood (Replay Booth) and replay it as many times as it takes to make the right call, to satisfy League officials what happened, and then they let the UMP make the final call.

So after about 2 minutes of review with both sides waiting and looking on in eager anticipation of a favorable call for their respective sides, out comes the Umpire and tells us that Johnson's follow through of the catch (called the "process" of keeping the ball from releasing prematurely) was the reason it wasn't a TD. I had to laugh, then dared to watch it at least 5 more times, and am still convinced it was a TD in all honesty, but because the Referees have the final word, it isn't Detroit 20- Chicago19 and lets kick the final point, but as it turns out, a cheap UGLY win for my Bears as Detroit with 2 more downs couldn't get in the end zone anymore either. I honestly feel bad for every Detroit Lion fan, but their loss was our gain, honestly we'll take it. Now who do I know is a Detroit fan that I can call on my phone, or PC and that rub some salt in their wounds. Grrr go Bears!!


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    • Powerful Pierre profile imageAUTHOR

      Powerful Pierre 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      Hey Jersey I agree it was a bad call no doubt. BUT I don't believe the game was ever fixed. I m a Bears fan so I am not taking sides here, just sayin. Seattle had its chances to score too but didn't. That's not fixed, the Steelers were the better team that day.

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      7 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

      Hmm ... one bad call?

      Don't know if you saw the Super Bowl between Sea and Pit, but they scored a TD on their opening drive (disallowed), a phantom pass interference call. That just set the stage for an ovious FIX, the Seahawks took the brunt of bad call after bad call, and it cost them the Super Bowl. The ref has since apologized and admitted that he blew the game completely, of course he doesn't admit that he did so under pressure from any higher authority .. but I for one am still suspicious.

    • Powerful Pierre profile imageAUTHOR

      Powerful Pierre 

      8 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      I hear now the rule is going to be seriously looked atthe next GMs Meeting but personally I m not gonna hold my breath looking for change. Time will tell thanks u 2

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      Ryan Fuller 

      8 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      this is so true. And it seems the same thing is happening in baseball as well. so many rediculous rules and blown calls that are really injust.

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      I've been watching football for 35 years and if that wasn't a TD, then I guess I don't know what a TD looks like.

      He caught the ball, came down with both feet inbounds, butt hit the ground, all the while maintaining control of the ball. THAT WAS A TD!!!


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