One man's rage against the machine....and a letter going out overnight mail tomorrow.
5440 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
Dear Mr. Delany,
Re: OSU vs Michigan
I’m going to the trouble of writing this letter to ask a very simple question. How in the world could you, with the top 2 Big Ten teams, on the country’s biggest stage, a game known as “The Game”, could you entrust such a game to that officiating team? A team consisting of a disgraced former referee that had already been dismissed for incompetence and two other Ohio referees one of which is a publicly unabashed Buckeye fan. Of course none of this would be of significance were it not for the fact that the incompetence and biases played out in such an obvious manner that you cannot find a single reference outside of a direct OSU partisan to not scratch their heads at the many calls/non calls that all broke for OSU. I guess to be fair, we should note that these “officials” did call 2 OSU penalties totaling 6 yards.
A Cleveland newspaper covered Harbaugh’s tantrum and looked at 6 plays of particular note, all of which were debatable call/no call/proper spot/ etc situations. And indeed they were all “judgment” or toss up calls. And all of them broke for OSU. So if you flip a coin 6 times, what are your odds of getting all “tails”? 1/64 is the answer of course.
If I wanted to watch pre-ordained sporting events, I’d be a WWF fan. I am not going to besmirch your office's motives. I am going to chalk this up to carelessness. As a retired Medical Device Executive for a fortune 500 company, I know how I would have been viewed had I been this careless under similar circumstances of such equal import. Hence my original question, how could you be so careless with such an important event? Additionally, why should we have any faith in the competence of your office going forward? Finally, does not the University of Michigan deserve an apology for this blatant abdication of diligence?
With a sincere response to this inqiry from your office I will donate $1000 to the charity of your choice, please include the specific information with your response.