Friday, September 20, 2013


In case you missed last night's State/Clemson contest on ESPN, the game turned on a controversial call midway through the 3rd. quarter. With #3 Clemson leading 13-7, NCSU back Bryan Underwood broke free for an apparent 83 yard touchdown run. But not so fast my friend, the play was blown dead by the back-judge who said Underwood stepped out of bounds on the Clemson 47. Replays showed conclusively he in fact did not. A couple of plays later State fumbled and Clemson drove the short field for a TD. Not a good result for WolfPack Nation.

So in this age of replays and reviews, what are we to conclude? Well I don't know about you but my conclusion is SHIT HAPPENS! Look, I've seen bad calls, horrendously bad calls. Just a few years ago I saw two refs signal touchdown for State late in a hard fought game at Kenan, and the head ref (who happened to be in the worst position to actually judge the play) overruled. This same ref had had his life saved two years earlier at NC Memorial after suffering an on field heart attack during a battle of titans (UVA vs. UNC), but I don't wish to suggest THAT FACT had anything to do with it.

Last night the booth talking heads said the aforementioned play was "unreviewable" because it wasn't inside the five yard line (a new one on me) and also since the play had been "blown dead" resulting in players stopping action, so how could they review it? The point is these reviews are time consuming nonsense. I can't hardly stand to watch the NFL anymore because of these endless reviews, and even when every swinging penis in the room agrees that it was in fact a catch (or whatever) the officials come back with some legalistic horse manure about how we can't trust our lying eyes.

Let's get back to the basics. I don't like bad calls anymore than you do but they're as much a part of the game as rabbit punching an All Pro runningback's gonads while in the pile. It usually evens out in the end. And guess what else? NC State ain't half the team Clemson is, so WTF?

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