This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
god awful officiating
This is something that I thought would be addressed, but hasn't yet.
On the long option pitch to Jason Ford that rumbled into the end zone after a Mouton whiff, there was something obvious happening away from where the camera would probably be focused. Notice that James Rogers nails Ford right at the goal line. From my vantage point in the front row of the band, it was exceptionally clear that Rogers would have taken Ford down around the 3...except an official STEPPED IN HIS WAY and Rogers ran into him and ended up going around and arriving late. Anyone have this moment on film?
There's really just no accountability for these kinds of these and are chalked up to "bad luck."
First of all, let me be clear that is not intended to be a screed against the officiating in the last two USMNT games, shaky as it’s been. Thankfully, Donovan banged it home just as I was typing this, so my blood pressure is not as dangerously high.
I’m curious in what sport and level do you think the disparity between the level and officiating is greatest? In other words, high school officials generally aren’t all that great, but overall, the coaches, players and speed of play aren’t exactly elite, either. I try to think of the decisions of officials as part of the playing surface, just like goofy bounces off of boards or turf coming up when a receiver cuts. However, when decisions are consistently bad, it’s really infuriating.
For me, international/professional soccer and college hockey have the absolute worst relative officiating. I can’t think of any other sports where I’ve been closer to stroking out because of refs. It’s even more egregious in soccer since goals are at such a premium, and an official’s call/no-call can directly impact the result of a game.
On the other hand, I generally think NFL and NHL refs are pretty good. Certainly, mistakes happen, but that’s inevitable. It’s the frequency that’s the real issue.
I did not look too far back, but I didn't see anyone post this yet. I also did not see this game, but heard that the officiating was terrible. Thought?
So which ref error do you think was the worst this weekend?
1) Flagrant foul on Manny Harris, kicking him out of the game.
2) Notre Dame's "goal" on the angled skate
3) Blowing the play dead when we were about to score with 25 seconds or whatever left
4) Other (specify)