Re: Its over and done with but here is Mike Reiss' take on the penalty
posted at 10/22/2013 5:40 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
I have no doubt Bill can be that anal. But, that doesn't change the fact that the call at that time was mickey mouse officiating. There were other opportunities to showcase their new rule other than at that crucial moment to decide a game.
I agree that it was a bad time to make the call, but at the same time, if the coach wasn't violating a rule he has stated that he was aware of, none of this would be an issue.
This isn't on the refs calling a penalty.
It's on Belichick for failing to follow the rules of the game.
How come there is always missing facts in this scenario. It is not time to let it go because the FACTS, which are stubborn things I know, bear out the truth.
1. The league sent out a memo to advise officials to look out for this type of play because it hadn't been enforced yet this season. That was supposedly the week before this game.
2. The Patriots are shown on film in the Saints game doing the same. Rob Ryan notes that, and most likely passes it on to the NFL and to his brother Rex.
3. Game time. The key that needs to be investigated here is WHEN did Rex and the Jets alert the officials. I think this is extremely critical here in how much collusion went on here.
4. Now it is official. On the Pats game tying FG attempt, the Jets did the same thing. Period. As was notated above, any push is a penalty. The same official who flagged the Patriots saw the play a did nothing. Heck, that would have given the Pats a couple of more chances at grabbing a TD. If they were "on alert" from the league for that at type of play why didn't they call the Jets? Don't say he missed the call. He has one responsibility.
5. Overtime, the Jets kick a 56 yarder that has zero chance of making it because they had to have known a flag was being thrown. Miss, flag. Game.
These are all facts, and the stuff before and after can be argued. This is all that matter. It cannot be disputed not ignored or called irrelevant. How Belicheck can be blamed for doing the same as his counterpart across the field did just 8 minutes or so earlier is unfair. Any self respecting journalist would hunt this story down because it sets an awful precedent. I can do it, but if your doing it, I'm gonna have the officials hurt you. Again, these are FACTS and indisputable. This is why it can't go away because it is so deep and compromises the league so much, when you combine it with other not so glaring game changing calls in the last few years against a select few teams.