Those poor bastards

 

Here are my thoughts on the Seahawks-Packers Hail Mary refereeing controversy (as if you really cared):

  • Live & at full speed, my first thought was “simultaneous possession”.
  • Former NFL cornerback Eric Davis makes a solid argument for “simultaneous possession” even after slow motion replay. The vagaries of “control” versus “catch” seem key here.
  • Has anyone in NFL history ever called offensive pass interference on a Hail Mary?
  • Home field advantage is mostly due to unconscious bias on part of referees responding to the angry mob screaming at them (ie, the crowd). No way that call was getting overturned in Seattle.
  • Referees are people, error prone humans, trying very hard to a very, very hard job well. The replacements are trying to do this with everyone hating them and expecting them to fail.
  •  Replacement referees aren’t incompetent. They are inexperienced at this level of play.
  • That inexperience could have important implications for player safety.
  • Replacements struggle to manage games because players/coaches don’t respect them, know them, or believe there are long-term consequences to their relationships.
  • The replacement referees aren’t responsible for the situation. The NFL and the regular referees are, but mostly the NFL.
  • It’s just football, folks.