Happy Halloween Coug Fans! Today is supposed to be the scariest day of the year, full of chills, frights, horrors and dread. Of course, we are Coug fans so thats just an average Saturday for us. We're also never ones to pass up an opportunity to party, so there will probably be plenty of this going on at the Campus Commons tonight...
This costume is available in the walk-in cooler at Dissmores and it comes with free beer!
Since we are celebrating Halloween I thought it would be a good time to discuss the scariest thing in all of College Football...
Pac-12 referees, YIKES!
"So, we're going to go by powder puff rules? Roger that."
The much maligned Pac-12 officials had an awful weekend and have been getting beat up by just about everyone, including Vince Grippi who went so far as to say, "the conference is losing all credibility". Well I am all to happy to go right ahead and pile on. The sad fact is that if you are a fan of terrible officiating you can tune in to any Pac-12 football game and get more than your fill. This weekend, some of you may have taken pleasure seeing the Huskies on the receiving end of cartoonishly inept officiating, but unfortunately we were getting treated to it as well. Once again the Cougs were flagged for what the refs deemed a flagrant hit by Casey Locker who has become a famillair target for this kind of call. There are good intentions behind the new rules about dangerous hits on vulnerable players, and at first I felt the refs were flagging any big hit they saw as a reflexive response to this new emphasis. But for a reflex, it sure is selective. Against Oregon State Jeff Tuel took a shot near the end of the first half from a player leading with his helmet after he had already thrown the ball. Nobody even reached for their flag. But apparently Casey Locker can't even get within shouting distance of an opposing player without hankies flying all over the field. There is just no ryhme or reason to it. It also doesn't help when making an unnecessary roughness call on a hit that occured during live play before the whistle, the ref announces that it is a "dead ball" personal foul. They did this twice during the OSU game. It doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that these guys know what they're doing.
"How the hell am I the one on the hot seat?"
Larry Scott has promised reforms to the officiating in the Pac-12 and I am confident we'll see some improvements in the coming years, but clearly this isn't an improvement that is going to happen over night. So far this season, the officiating seems just as rediculous as it has always been. Sometimes I feel like if our officials are going to be this incompentant, would we really be any worse off hiring some new ones...
Happy Halloween everyone, and Go Cougs!
The worst part of this whole officiating debacle is that there is absolutely NO accountability when the refs making bad calls. The same guys are making the same bad call week after week with impunity, and they keep getting away with it. Who in the PAC-12 had responsibility for the officials, and why isn't he/she being held accountable either?
This is not a rhetorical question by the way!
I would also say that the dawgs caught a huge break with that Chris Polk catch that neither he nor the CB had complete control of the ball as they slid out of bounds and they ended up giving the catch to Polk (my guess is that was the makeup call for the Hartvigson botched call). I almost sometimes get the feel that the refs are trying to influence the game in favor of the stronger team (in order to improve the conference standing by not allowing the little guys to come close to knocking off the big boys). But I may be biased since WSU has been in the bottom tier of the pac for the last 8years.
So I can't take credit for this analysis, as it was mentioned by another poster over at Cougfan, but what he said I thought was spot on. It seems as if Pac 12 refs are throwing a flag for any huge hit and then huddling together and applying whatever rule they think is closest to what happened on the field to the penalty.
I thought the Dawgs got jobbed by the referees a handful of times this weekend too. How was that one-handed catch by Hartvigson not a completion? Honestly, the referees and reviews turned Saturday's UW/Zona game into nearly a four hour contest!
@Ambush184 IIRC, the league hired Tony Corrente. He is a 14 year NFL veteran, who happened to do the Hawks game yesterday. Former NFL Head of Officials, Mike Periera, was also hired as a referee consultant to the Pac. I know they fired a ton of former refs and hired guys away from other conferences.
@LucasNurmi Also, i think Kiffin got jobbed at the end of regulation in the USC Stanford game. You can see that the ref acknowledged his TO and then just decided not to give it to him.
@LucasNurmi I saw that too.He had a good suggestion if I remember, like don't flag the hit, but ask for a review from the booth. But, of course, this is the Pac-12 so the booth is staffed by morons.
@LucasNurmi Thanks Lucas. That still begs the question of what to do about bad officiating tough. The current batch doesn't seem to be any better than the ones who were fired.
I'm with Kiffin, call the bums out, and challenge them to do a better job. It's embarrassing.