If you are an NFL fan, then you’ve seen or heard about this play at least 80 times this week.
It’s the blown call by referee Ed Hochuli in a game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers that gave the game to Denver.
The replay clearly shows the call was botched. It’s a drag when officiating interferes with the outcome of a game. I get that.
What I don’t understand is the flip flop that goes on regarding the “human element” part of pro sports officiating discussions.
Baseball purists jumped out of their pajamas with the feet in them when late in the season the MLB instituted instant replay on homerun calls. “The human element is part of the game” was their defensive battle cry.
Similar calls were made when the NFL first went to instant replays.
Again, I am NOT defending the call. It stunk, plain and simple. Don’t whine both ways is all I am saying.
Ed Hochuli knows he Favred it:
“I’m getting hundreds of e-mails — hate mail — but I’m responding to it all,” Hochuli wrote to several Chargers fans, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. “People deserve a response. You can rest assured that nothing anyone can say can make me feel worse than I already feel about my mistake on the fumble play. You have no idea … Affecting the outcome of a game is a devastating feeling. Officials strive for perfection — I failed miserably. Although it does no good to say it, I am very, very sorry.”
How many of you detractors would admit you blew it, much less respond to the heated hate mail? When your advances online get rebuffed, you go running for the next young girl you can lie to about being ten years younger than you actually are, and making your dead end job sound much more successful and lucrative than it is. You don’t stand up and explain yourself.
My High School coach would tell the Chargers “If you don’t want to be in a position to be beat by a bad call, do something to make sure you don’t rely on a call to win a game”. Old skool, but very true.
And then there is this from December 2007:
I’m not a karma guy, but will say………Justice Served.
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