Re: Replay clearly shows Faulk made first down
posted at 11/18/2009 2:02 PM EST
In Response to Re: Replay clearly shows Faulk made first down
Chris Mortenson from ESPN actually said that he thinks they got the first down as well and showed a slow motion replay that clearly showed he was bobbling the ball past the first down line and got control of the ball before falling back. He said "the refs claim it was because of a bobble but if you look closely, he was not bobbling behind the line" He also stated that according to league sources, the league probably would not have overturned it regardless because it was not 100 percent irrefutable. The sad part is, the NFL is becoming like the WWE especially in regards to the Mannings. I remember in 2005 when the Steelers won their first Super Bowl this decade they played Indy and Indy and every call was going against the Steelers. The Steelers still found a way to win given Peyton's tendency to choke in the playoffs. the next year was the AFC Championship game in which the league successfully fixed the outcome of the game. If we remember the year after, Super Bowl XLII in which the other NFL glory boy Eli was clearly wrapped up and the play was allowed to continue leading to the David Tyree helmet catch. This has been a 6 year trend starting with the league changing the pass interference rules following the 2004 Colts loss, to the 2005 Steelers playoff game in Indy, the 2006 AFC Championship game, the 2007 Super Bowl and on and on. Just like when Hulk Hogan was in the WWF, no matter how bad he was getting beat you knew he would win in the end. The Mannings are the NFL's Hulk Hogan and the Patriots are their Iron Sheik.
Posted by Diesel12
That's a great summary of the past few seasons' trends, diesel.
I've never been one to believe that the NFL is somehow rigged or games would be unfairly unfluenced to NFL sanctioned officials' actions but given the trend that you've summarized, I'm starting to think its not impossible.
At some point, continual coincidences become an invalid explanation.
I remember the SI that came out right after the SB, clearly showing a giant's Olineman with his arm fully around seymour's throat as he was reaching out for manning lite. And that whole bit about completing a pass, when you have the ball balanced on top of your helmet. Not what I'd call "under control" and where was the "bobbling" penalty on that play?
Every recent game we've played in indy has been accompanied by numerous "odd calls", virtually all in favor of the colts.Topped off by the phantom PI call in the 2006 AFC championship game against ellis hobbs that handed yet another tainted win to the colts and led to manning's only SB win. Great that ellis got an official apology the following spring after jughead was already wearing his ring.
I can only hope that the pattern ends this year and we get a level playing field when we play the colts in foxboro for the next three years. Unless polian finds a way to change the NFL scheduling system this winter.