things go poorly
I thought an open thread to discuss bad calls might be a good idea. I thought the M game was pretty well officiated, but when I saw this, I couldn't let it go.
How the heck does that stand?
The Gator Bowl will be officiated by the Big East, no names of officials have been released.
Also, The BCS National Championship Game will be officiated by the Big 10.
Breakdown of which Conference will officiate each bowl game.
I've been thinking about this a bit. I recall one play where an ND player hit DRob after a pass with his hands to Denard's face.
I wonder now if the refs will be tempted to protect Denard a bit more with his rise to national prominence, or will they consider him a virtual running back and an open target?
I know it's not exactly a new flash to people, but the officiating of the Wisconsin game was horrendous. This is not MarioKart on N64, officiating should not handicap a team for being ahead. Michigan can't get a call all game, especially in the first half where time after time Michigan players got fouled without call and Wiscy gets the benefit because they're behind. But once there's a minute and a half left, Manny gets the call he hasn't gotten all game and Gibson (who played terrible) gets away with an egregious foul.
You might say this is sour grapes and you'ld pry be right considering this game coupled with the UConn win would give new life to the season. As such, we go right back to having to go probably 8-4 the rest of the way against a brutal schedule.
Finally, I want to say it's still not the reason we lost IMO, as we missed layups and couldn't manufacture offense down the stretch, but it still kills me to have games influenced so strongly by the officials.
This guy has way too much time on his hands. You might remember him from his video at the beginning of the football season that got posted on Mgoblog in which he explained that UM would lose to ND because Tate's arms were too small.
EDIT: aforementioned Tate bashing video posted in the comments.
Was is just a coincidence that Michigan was on the short end of some very bad officiating today, or was that the result of all of the whining by Weis and ND? I would like to chalk it up to incompetence on the part of the refs, but some coaches seem to get in the heads of the officials when they complain, resulting in calls being made that would not otherwise. Any thoughts?