OK, so… Dez Bryant did not catch that TD pass last Sunday. There were 6 steps on that play:
- The beginning of the catch… So far so good.
- Dez makes contact with the ground… Still OK.
- The rest of Dez’s body weight lands… Aaaaaand, that ball is on the ground.
- OK, so step 3 isn’t “conclusive,” because Dez’s arm is blocking the ball from the camera. But as the “catch” proceeds, the ball then begins to roll over to the other side of Dez’s wrist.
- And now the ball is on the ground… again… on the other side of Dez’s wrist, and clearly visible.
- And it’s not only on the ground, but it’s now rolling on the ground.
But I don’t want to get into a whole thing there. It didn’t change the game in the slightest. The Eagles were still going to lose, whether the officials got that call right or not… which again, they botched. So Cowboys fans… let’s not be sensitive that I’m saying you got a call. You most definitely did, but the outcome of the game would have been the same. Good? OK, good.
So let’s take this opportunity here at Blogging the bEast to make the game better. First, let’s review the official’s explanation of the call after he went under the hood:
“After reviewing the play, the ruling on the field stands.”
He didn’t say: “After reviewing the play, the receiver maintained possession throughout, and blah blah blah.”
In other words, what he basically said was: “I don’t think he made the catch, but I don’t have the balls to overturn it because I’m not 10,000,000% sure.” I’m not sure how much “conclusive evidence” he needed, but the whole “conclusive evidence” thing bothers me in the first place.
The second best podcast on Earth is the Adam Carolla Podcast, and occasionally, he has NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on the show. A couple months ago, the two discussed the Seahawks-Packers Golden Tate debacle earlier in the season, and Adam and I are on the same page that “the ruling on the field” should not factor in. It should be more about what is the right effing call. Anyway, Adam presents his feelings far better than I ever could, in hilarious fashion:
Make it happen, NFL.