Meanwhile, in a shocking development…

SEC refs screw the pooch again.

The comical thing here is that even if the refs had seen things Pinkel’s way, Missouri still wouldn’t have scored again.  So what difference does it make?

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42 responses to “Meanwhile, in a shocking development…

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Moral victories

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  2. D as in Dawg

    Fortunately, bad calls never go against us. Suck it up, dude. The refs screw up just like coaches and players, some more than others… just like coaches and players. We only care if the calls go against us, which apparently only happens when we aren’t playing Mizzou in 2015 at Sanford Stadium.

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  3. AusDawg85

    Frankly, I thought the Punt Interference was a close call, the PI was a terrible call (yeah, a bad one went our way!). But they whiffed on the PI vs. Blaze on the near interception at the goal line, so suck it Mizzou. Welcome to the SEC!

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  4. IWanaBDaveGrohl

    I also thought Malcolm should have been called for kick catch interference. I haven’t seen the replay of the PI, the one they showed in the stadium followed the ball and you couldn’t see what forced the call. Live, from section 331, I thought it was holding on Penton, but not PI.

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    • gastr1

      I hate that “uncatchable ball” rule. The defender clearly held Mitchell so he couldn’t get closer to the ball…so it’s not a penalty because the throw was high? Crazy. It was still a penalty of some kind.

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  5. Spike

    The pass interference call was really lame. Lambert’s pass was seven yards over his head and was uncatchable. But, alas, nobody gets fired.. nothing changes..

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  6. Debby Balcer

    What about reviewing the calls they did not make but should have.

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  7. Not sure about the kick interference, but it’s really a judgment call. When they changed the halo rule, it really made the call difficult for the officials.

    On the pass interference, at a minimum, it was holding. It still would have been a 10 yard penalty and an automatic first down.

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    • Russ

      Agree. The correct call there was defensive holding.

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    • Macallanlover

      I thought the call was holding too because it was definitely uncatchable. PI may have just been the wrong call by the ref. The punt interference was very close, I always think a guy who didn’t call for a fair catch should not get the benefit of the doubt. And Pinkel, come on man, these are SEC refs, what do you expect? No one, and I mean no one, has been hosed more by SEC refs than UGA. He is lucky that game was as close as it was, he was dominated all night, just didn’t finish them off on a couple of drives. Butt ugly game.

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  8. Ben

    Pinkel (and Missouri?) is the Earth 2 version of Rich (and UGA?)t, and I love beating him (them?). He’s innocuous and boring to the outsider, but there’s nothing really likable about him that I can see. He’ll win a division every now and then, but he’s never got all the pieces at the right time to make a real run, but when he does (07), other teams do, too. He’ll also really have to screw it up in order to lose his job because the program, historically, is good enough to be considered a winner but not strong enough to be elite.

    Anyway, great to get a win over those guys. I hate that their in the SEC and our division; otherwise, I might have a soft spot for a team like them.

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    • Ben

      Sorry. Lots of grammatical errors in that post.

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    • Brandon (Version One)

      Nice try man but don’t look up any actual facts comparing records of UGA v. Missouri in all time wins/percentage or Richt v. Pinkel you’ll be disappointed.

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      • Ben

        Listen, man, I’m not bagging on Richt at all. In fact, I’m a huge fan, and with the exception of a few hours on the weekend that we lost to Tennessee, I’ll defend him as our coach against anyone. But you’re right; the win/loss totals aren’t close at all, however the programs do have some similarities, and maybe I should have said “Bizarro Richt” instead of Earth 2.

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  9. Will Trane

    Maybe Pinkel should devote more time to coaching, and less to officiating.
    Sounds like he is better suited to that than coaching. Have the ball first and goal on the one and settle for three.
    Yeah hahaha lot to complain about but it is not missed calls.
    Pickle always has that look.

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  10. ASEF

    Officiating is down across the board. Wildly inconsistent at best. Straight up incompetent at worst. Yet one more way CFB is following in the footsteps of CBB.

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    • Brandon (Version One)

      The performance of all jobs from professionals to McDonald’s cashiers is down pretty sharply across America in the last 15 years or so if you asked me. The number of idiots in our society is reaching critical mass.

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      • adam

        Education funding is at an all time low, as is teacher pay.

        So that would make sense.

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        • Brandon (Version One)

          Actually I think fundings at or near an all time. The federal department of education didn’t even exist until the late 1970’s and I am pretty sure the frontier common schools were making due on a lot less than they are now. I agree teachers should be paid more though.

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          • Brandon (Version One)

            I left out “high” at the end of the first sentence.

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          • ASEF

            Relative to our national policy goals since the mid-80s to send labor overseas and turn Americans into the world’s skilled professionals, the people earmarking funds for education didn’t get the message.

            We’ve got a K-12 system that doesn’t turn out college ready students and a college system that’s never charged more in return for less full-time professors in the classroom. Adjuncts and TAs do all of the teaching, at least for undergrads.

            Just a complete strategic cluster.

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  11. Ramguy

    I didn’t hear anyone complaining about the the UGA punt that went off the toes of the Missouri player that wasn’t overturned on review.

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  12. … But I love the cat who asserts that the SEC is PRO-GEORGIA! It goes to show that either attention spans are short or peeps just home in on their chosen teams and selectively gauge the results.

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    • S

      I noticed that too! When I saw somebody write that if you watch UGA games long enough, you see a referee bias towards us? I haven’t laughed that hard all season long!

      They missed some blatant pass interference calls on Missouri, and apparently, holding is impossible if the defender is a UGA defensive end. Referee bias towards Georgia? Tigger, please.

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  13. Hound of Kerak

    Love the Tech fan who shows up talking about referee bias favoring UGA. Has to be a Tech fan.

    I think Pinkel’s right on both. But this also neatly avoids all the calls that went Mizzou’s way. The careened punt that wasn’t, numerous PI calls that could have been made before they threw a flag on what wasn’t PI, and one that really got on my nerves: an offensive lineman downfield, committing offensive pass interference/(a pick play), and then holding after the catch, on the long 3rd down conversion to Hansbrough. That conversion ignited Mizzou’s only scoring drive that didn’t start inside the UGA 1.

    And while Pinkel may be right on the calls, methinks he’d be better off just coaching his players rather than seeking moral victories from the officiating office and in the press. Makes me think him a tool.

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  14. Uglydawg

    As far as ref bias in the SEC, it is real and it is real bad.
    I suspect most of it is contrived and not accidental or innocent.
    If you have the Tn game recorded..go back and look at the ball spots on almost every play the Vols ran…it the ball was carried out of bounds, it came back to the field + 1 to 2 yards. It was sickeningly consistent. I wonder if that is ever looked at post game by a coaching staff..and protested. To me, that is blatently cheating one team and helping another.
    I’d say if there is an SEC team that gets intended help from refs, it is Tennessee. (I’m not saying the officiating crew gets together and says..”Let’s cheat for team x..or screw team y”, but there are individual refs that take it upon themselves to do it..either on purpose or driven by as sub-conscience leaning toward one team or the other).
    Holding is almost never called against UGA opponents.
    And as far as the “uncatchable pass” rule is concerned..sometimes a QB is forced to throw it out of bounds expressly because his reciever is held or interferred with and is thus not open. It’s a cause and effect thing and the cause should be flagged.
    Other conferences don’t have perfect officials either, but the SEC refs are the standard for improperly effecting a games outcome.
    I’ve always said that I don’t want to win or lose a game because of a bad call…but it has happened too many times to the Dawgs.

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    • Macallanlover

      Excellent point about throwaways by the QB due to someone not being open. Holding is sometimes the reason, and contact more than 5 yards past the LOS is another possibility. Either of these can cause the defender to be closer in coverage to the receiver and result in a pass thrown over everyone’s head. Agree they should be called, and that “uncatchable rule” be eliminated.

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  15. I saw the pass interference live. Mitchell was running a fly route, and the defender just checked him about fifteen yards down the field. The pass went twenty-five or thirty yards down field. Mitchell could have gotten there if he hadn’t been checked. If that isn’t a defensive penalty, then the new strategy for defending deep passes should be to block defenders from running their routes, because that’s what happened.

    The margin for error on the kick catch interference play is razor thin. The player gets a yard, and Mitchell was probably within that yard, but when a player is running full speed, that yard closes in, say, half a second. Mitchell might have gotten there in a quarter of a second. That’s the difference in a penalty or not. It also seemed like Mitchell was engaged with the defender running beside him, so the field judge has to decide in a split second whether Mitchell was a) too close, b) pushed by a defender into the receiver, c) acknowledge the fumble, d) determine possession. Once the fumble happened, it was unlikely the guy at the foul would call the interference just because it wasn’t obvious and there was so much going on in the immediate aftermath. If Mitchell was running free, he probably would have been flagged. If Mitchell were any earlier, he would have been flagged. The rule states that when in doubt, it is interference. To the guy on spot, there just wan’t enough doubt, I suppose.

    But, even if the SEC wants to fall on their sword about those calls, the unsportsmanlike penalty against AJ Green trumps 1,000 judgment calls like the kick catch interference, so the SEC still has some making up to do.

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  16. tludlam

    Richt has said we routinely appeal calls to the SEC office. You don’t hear the results, though, because Richt doesn’t whine to the press about it. Pinkel is just a sore loser.

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  17. Parent

    At least they admitted they got it wrong. We will now suffer through ACC officials for 4 years that go all politician cover up for their screw ups. They got this one wrong 2 different ways on the same play, then added a 3rd with the “justification.”
    http://www.scacchoops.com/acc-stands-behind-phantom-fair-catch-call

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  18. tom carter

    uga sux fire richt

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