What’s next in the NFL? Does Piper hit Tom Brady with a coconut?

November 19, 2013 | Drew Forrester

What’s next in the NFL? Does Piper hit Tom Brady with a coconut?

I have to give the NFL credit for last night’s episode of “Monday Night Raw Football”.

I never even saw Dangerous Danny Davis come in and don the referee’s shirt for the final play.

The league should be embarrassed for what they’ve done to professional football.  Sunday night’s game in Denver was joke-enough, with more flags flying there than at the United Nations.

Monday night in Charlotte, the refs Dangerous Danny Davis correctly called pass interference on Carolina’s Luke Kuechley on the game’s final play – giving New England a one-play-from-the-one-yard-line, winner-take-all moment – then, right on cue from the guy booking the game, Davis consulted with his fellow refs and decided that flag he threw really shouldn’t have been thrown after all.

Their logic?

“The New England receiver wouldn’t have been able to catch the ball that was thrown several yards short of him in the end zone and (intercepted by Carolina)”

That’s correct, of course.

Gronkowski couldn’t get to that ball.

Because he was interfered with, as Dangerous Danny Davis called in the first place.

This, of course, wasn’t the first time a team got jobbed in week #11 of the 2013 NFL season.

The 49′ers had salt thrown in their eyes when the refs were being distracted on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, when a late-game “roughing the passer” call was thrown right in the nick of time to keep Drew Brees and the Saints on the field.

The NFL, honestly, is becoming more and more like professional wrestling every single weekend.

The refs are starting to look like they’re in on it from the start.

It certainly looked that way to me on Monday night when they bowed to the pressure of the home crowd and let the babyface keep the championship belt at the expense of the villain who did everything to win — right until Dangerous Danny Davis got involved to make sure everyone went home happy.

 

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  1. eric Says:

    it was obviously Earl Hebner’s evil twin paid off by Ted Dibiase

  2. Robert Says:

    Although I didn’t watch last night’s game, I’ve thought that ever since 2002 when the refs pulled the tuck rule out of the bag to help the Patriots & hurt the Raiders, that the “karma debt” would be repaid. At least the debt was satisfied during the regular season & not during the payoffs. Cheers.

  3. Brian Says:

    Drew, I think you should look at the play again, the refs got it right by picking up the flag. Definitely not pass interference, illegal contact maybe. (DF: I’ve looked at it 10 times. It’s pass interference. In every game in the league, it’s pass interference. Except for last night. Oh, wait, it WAS pass interference. Until they picked up the flag.)

  4. Brian Says:

    So I went and looked at it 10 more times which gives me a total of 11 views. Illegal contact should have been called giving the Pats 5 yards and one more shot. Definitely did not warrant a PI call and ball placed on the goal line. What say you Drew ? :) (DF: I say you’re wrong.)

  5. unitastoberry Says:

    This BS is hardly new see 1965 playoff game between Baltimore and Green Bay. Nice to see the Bradys and Beleicheat POed. Every dog has his day.

  6. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    It is what it is in today’s game, sad to say. Was Dumervil’s penalty roughing the passer, I don’t think so, but we have to live with those decisions !!!

  7. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Drew, any news on Ozzies health ?

    (Note from editor — http://wnst.net/baltimore-ravens/newsome-back-to-work-after-being-given-clean-bill-of-health/)

  8. Matt Says:

    Brian – Wrapping both arms around the receiver and shielding him from getting to the ball while it is in the air is clearly pass interference. Not sure what replay you are watching.

  9. The Armchair QB Says:

    The product on the field, including the ever increasing dubious calls and poor officiating is in DANGER of being marginalized to a point of losing popularity! The NFL’s paranoia about preventing injuries by regulating “contact” in the ultimate contact sport is ruining the “sport”! And, calls like the one in question raises the specter of gambling “fixes” that, unfortunately, are NOT unheard of at ALL levels of sports! What’s equally unfortunate is that there does not appear to be any easy solutions……

  10. BK Says:

    Drew, you are wrong on this one as usual and I am sure you will berate every other fan that does not see it your way (see above), because frankly that is what you do. That was the correct call. Your ego won’t let you take a step back now and really analyze the play and listen to others opinions. When league officials, ex-league officials (which no longer have any loyalty to the NFL), and hall of fame WRs all agree on the call, I don’t side with some Joe on a local radio station in Baltimore. By the letter of the NFL law, that was the right call with the ball being intercepted 5 yards in front of the receiver. And don’t give me that crap that a 260 pound man running towards the back of the endzone would have been able to stop his complete motion and return to where the player intercepted the ball, all in a 1 second span. That is just an excuse to try to get people to side with their view. You are looking at it in slow motion replay, Gronk would have had no chance to return to where the interception happened during that split second.

    If you want to blame anyone, blame Brady. If he didn’t woefully underthrow the ball, then it would have been PI without question. I agree almost all of what the NFL does, including the QB hits are ruining the game, just not this call.

  11. John In Westminster Says:

    Well, it does say “For Entertainment Purposes Only” on your tickets… ;) (DF: I know, John! I’m really starting to wonder about the validity of it all when I see stuff like what happened last night in Carolina. But, frankly, it WAS entertaining this morning to have a lively four hours on something other than whether or not Joe Flacco is washed up.)

  12. Brian Says:

    Brian Says:
    November 19th, 2013 at 8:34 am
    So I went and looked at it 10 more times which gives me a total of 11 views. Illegal contact should have been called giving the Pats 5 yards and one more shot. Definitely did not warrant a PI call and ball placed on the goal line. What say you Drew ? :) (DF: I say you’re wrong.)

    That’s impossible, I’m always right. :)

  13. Dan Says:

    DREW “The NFL, honestly, is becoming more and more like professional wrestling every single weekend.” – - So you figured it out , way to go DRew , Yeah, close games decided in the last 2 minutes makes for good TV . Dif. is Pro wrestling is scripted and choreographed ,the NFL is just manipulated to get an exciting finish . Besides who whould stick around to the end if it was 42 to 3 by the 4th quater ? It’s the TV money that fuels everything , and so it goes . :)

  14. Chuck Says:

    The NFL brand is similar to Enron’s.

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