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Date Posted: 14:12:59 01/16/22 Sun
Have you ever worked for a boss who supported you, either through office politics or in terms of your professional development?
Have you ever worked for a boss who did not support you?
How about a boss who was quick to blame you whenever he or she got heat from one of his or her constituents?
How would you like to be a referee and get this kind of treatment from the Ivy League office or the NFL?
We've already discussed at length that the officiating crew at the Harvard-Princeton game faced a challenging judgment call. They made a good faith decision, one that was driven by a desire to "get it right," to fix their own oversight.
Also, the Harvard-Princeton officiating crew was following the letter of the NCAA rule book. Article 7 backs up and supports their decision completely.
Despite all that, the next morning the Ivy League office and Harvard AD Erin McDermott threw them under the bus, as if they were bad guys trying to subvert the game. The referees were the easy fall guy.
What about yesterday afternoon? The pass from Burrow was already in the air. It was a nanosecond from being caught for a touchdown. The Raiders cornerback was nearby, but not close enough to get a hand on the ball. It was going to be a touchdown in the absence of any inadvertent whistle.
A whistle was blown. Who blew it? I don't believe any on-field referee copped to the mistake. Was it a fan? Who knows?
So the whistle was blown. Now what do you do as a referee? Wave off the touchdown reception? Well, that's not fair to the Bengals. The pass was in the air, almost 95% of the way to its intended target, who was open and ready to receive the ball.
Do you say, "No, the whistle ends the play immediately, despite the fact that it affected no defender's ability to break up the pass or tackle the receiver"? That doesn't seem like a great outcome, either.
So like the Ivy League office and Erin McDermott, let's just criticize the referees and say they made a mistake, so therefore they to be punished.
In both the Harvard-Princeton and Raiders-Bengals game, a situation occurred which seemed to have no easy, obvious choice for the officials. They made a decision in good faith among imperfect options. And then they got blamed, as if the alternative choice was easy and obvious.
Like I said, have you ever worked for a boss who was quick to blame you when he or she got any heat from one of his or her constituents?
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