And rightfully so…
I mean, OK, I think that defensive lineman probably DID tip that football. I disagree with the Oklahoma folks that an Oregon player touched the ball before ten yards. He touched it right at ten yards and that is legal. Now, do I think Oregon actually recovered the ball? I’m not sure. I thought so, but saw an angle today that made me think they didn’t actually get possession. However, the reality of both of these situations, no matter what side you’re on, is that they were close calls.
The President of Oklahoma does not see it like that. He sees it as something where the officials should get suspended and the game should be VOIDED.
Yeah, I’m not kidding.
On the tipped ball bad call, it doesn’t make a difference in the outcome of the game. Oregon still gets that touchdown because at that point in the game, they just weren’t stopping the Ducks. How many yards did they give up to the Ducks?
500? So, because the President of the school wants to VOID those yards, he says the hell with integrity and realization that officials (even when they get to watch the play again) make mistakes…he wants to cancel things out. Right…so, do we do that in every instance where there is a close call? Because the only call that made a difference was the onside kick. Now, this jackass on YouTube has offered THIS video up to show clearly that Oklahoma should have got the ball…
CLEARLY he touches the ball before ten yards there. Clearly the dude needs to stop using the most INCONCLUSIVE angle possible. Here’s the thing, could the Oregon player have touched it at yard 9? He certainly jumped forward from yard 9, but you’re telling me, without ANY, any, any, ANY possible doubt, that the ball wasn’t 10 yards? Please.
Reality is this…there are only two conceivable angles of the play. The one from dead on, but further out, or the one closer up, but at an angle. To me, the one from dead on, looks like the ball is on the 10 yard mark, from the other angle, it looks like he could have got there slightly early. For the record, even if the guys body is not at 10 yards, if the BALL is 10 yards, then he can touch the thing.
Two more VERY important things…
1. Dan Fouts is a moron and HE said that the ball should have belonged to Oklahoma. Do you want to readjust your stance? Do you want to take the side of the Oregon Ducks now?
2. To overturn the call on the field…the evidence needs to be INDISPUTABLE. Not exactly easy and when you have two angles that are showing different things, well, it gets a bit more difficult. So, in this case, they err on the side of the call on the field. This certainly was not a replay situation where you could look at it and go “yup, definitely touched before 10 yards”…unless of course you’re Dan Fouts, and we’ve already established that he’s a moron.
It’s not simple. Especially when it goes against your team and Oklahoma fans sure are whining about this one. It certainly doesn’t help that the TV broadcast showed the CLOSER angle more than the more accurate overhead angle. But, controversy does indeed sell, so if you’re ABC, you’re going to show that angle and you’re going to get a rise out of people from it. In the end, it was a call that could have gone either way, but because it went one way on the field, they stuck with that.
And now, because of pressure from Oklahoma, the officials from the game are going to be suspended. Sure, the Big 12 does bring in money to the Pac 10 and playing games against that conference will get people to take notice of the conference (outside of USC) more. But, do you need to please them that much that you make a rash decision like this one?
The hell with the Big 12 and Oklahoma for abusing their position of power like this. Take the loss and move on. Don’t make noise about voiding losses and wanting people suspended when you know the Pac 10 is going to want to keep their relationship with you in tact.
Even if you believe that indisputable video evidence shows that Oklahoma should have won that game, you just tarnish the game with actions like these.
Aside from that, did the replay officials block that field goal attempt?