Well, it’s happened again. A major confusion about the rules has arguably cost a team a game. Again. This time, that someone is the Lions, which just proves that Detroit can’t have nice things. The lucky beneficiary of the non-call? Why, our old friends the Seattle Seahawks, who once again hit pay dirt on an official’s blunder on a Sunday night game – Fail Mary, anyone? Now, it’s not Seattle’s fault that this has happened on their home turf again. It just always leaves me wondering why the good teams seem to get all the breaks. Don’t get me started…
Let’s look at this issue from a more practical point of view –
Why do NFL officials miss calls, anyway? Allow me to drop some knowledge.
Football officials are commonly called “referees” but there is actually only one referee on the field. There are also umpires, linesman and various judges on the team of seven officials.
Rules in the NFL are extremely complicated. Rules enforcement in the NFL is extremely complicated. Officials have a case book with more than 1,000 plays and rules that apply to all of them.
And last year, they got calls right 95.9 percent of the time, according to the league’s evaluators. With an average salary of $173,000 and many only working part time, all I can say is I certainly hope so. Yes, officials are human and as long as they are, the next victim could be your team.
First Quarter – What Have We Learned?
And now, the NFL is one quarter over. That’s four games out of sixteen in case you are not a math genius like me. Of course, if you are counting the playoffs (meaning you are not a Lions fan) the season rolls into February, so we are not even getting started.
Week after week, the injuries are piling up. From fantasy football stalwart Jordy Nelson, who was knocked out in preseason, to big names like Dez Bryant, Tony Romo and Ben Rothelisberger out for multiple weeks at least, injuries this year seem to be worse than any year, but in reality the current rate of about 15% of players injured at any given time is about average. Perhaps the difference is all of the big name players – from Marshawn Lynch to Andrew Luck – sitting out games.
We have also learned that NFL players are generally NOT great mates. Actually, we have always known this but week Victor Cruz’s fiancée drove it home by sending THIS little number to a list of his apparent “ho’s”. Probably the only group text I wouldn’t want to opt out of.
It’s Halloween month – allow me to first blow your mind with this super creepy scoreboard from the Chargers game. Cure the Friday The 13th “che che che ha ha ha” Jason music, just when you thought Eric Weddle’s beard was the creepiest thing you’d see at Qualcomm Stadium.
Oh, and if you absolutely need points from your fantasy football kicker this week, make sure this guy is not in the audience to assure a miss!
Enjoy the second quarter, and go easy on your officials. The Seahawks depend on them.