For the last few days I have been reading a whole lot of comments about the referees from Sundays game. There has been a lot of back and forth on the issue with good points made on both sides of the argument. I wanted to take this opportunity to put my two cents in on this issue. My position is essentially that almost all of the arguments that I have heard up until now kind of miss the bigger point. Everything I have heard so far seems to dwell on whether or not the refs cost us the game or not. I don't mean to put anybody out there or to misrepresent anyone's position, so I hope he doesn't mind, but I thought Andiamo made some excellent points from this perspective. Bad calls happen (I'm not sure they were all bad but more on that later) it's just part of the game, and I don't think any one call cost us the game.
My problem is the appearance of a pattern, and it is not just limited to this game or in any way limited to just the Giants. All of the calls that are in question were close calls. Jennings' TD, Ballard's almost TD, both of those calls are close enough that I think they could have gone either way. My problem is that every single close call went in Green Bay's favor. EVERY ONE. They not only went in Green Bay's favor they seemed to contradict themselves. The call on Prince for illegal contact for example. Technically Prince made contact beyond the 5 yard cushion so it is illegal contact. I am fine if a ref wants to call a game that tight, however this level of contact happens on almost every play and if a ref is just strictly interpreting the rules then you can expect a lot of flags, but on Nicks' TD catch the refs clearly had more of a let them play approach. Maybe I'm imagining things but it seems like I have seen more and more games called this way over the last decade. My problem is that this hurts all of football in the long run. I used to love boxing, and even did a little amateur fighting myself, but after watching too many obviously fixed fights I don't watch anymore. The same thing happened in the NBA with the Donaghy scandal. This, to me, is the issue with Sunday's game.