This was the poorest officiated Super Bowl in recent memory. I'd been complaining since last night about the blatant illegal pick by Mitchell on Gay, and the way the officials were nice enough to stop the clock for the Eagles near the end of the game, as well as a host of other blunders they made, some of which required coaches to spend replays when the refs should have just made the easy call. Thinking I was maybe misinterpreting what I was seeing, I just ran across this article which basically pointed out exactly what I was thinking. At least it's nice to get some backup on this.
These officials really sucked. You didn't even need replay to see most of these calls that the officials should have caught. If I'm sitting on my couch yelling "that was an illegal f@$#ing pick", then sure as hell one of the officials should have caught it. If the official standing close to McNabb can't see his knee is down to stop the play when everyone else watching can see it clearly, you have to wonder what he's even looking at.
I think replay is making them lazy. I don't seem to remember seeing so many officials conferences stopping play growing up wataching the sport as I have in the past few years. Can't these people just make a friggin call?
posted 15 years ago
There were a couple of things I noticed too, and I wasn't paying very close attention. There was a late hit out of bounds by a Patriot that was ignored. Would have definitely been called during the regular season. Also, the pats got away with a lot of pushing and grabbing of receivers that was supposed to be called this year. There was one play near the end zone where TO was practically tackled when he turned at the goal line. The Eagles scored a TD on that drive anyway. The game was close but it was so poorly played by both sides that it was a bore to watch unless you were a fan of one of the two teams.