Thought last night’s upholding of the Swift fumble call was bad? Nah. Bad is when the SEC has to come out and admit the official blew the call — a non-reversible call.
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I think the PI/Targeting penalties on 4th and goal were worse, as they called 2 penalties that did not happen and missed the one that happened. At least they picked up the flag and used replay to realize it was a legit hit along with showing how Bellamy was clearly being held.
The fumble call seemed like the refs were just in a crap, umm they have the ball so it must have been fumbled kind of moment.
So much wrong with the way college football is officiated but one thing that especially irks me as it relates to the Swift non-fumble — if your policy is to let plays with questionable fumbles like that play out and then review them, you cannot have the standard -“indisputable video evidence” for reversal because that is putting the onus of responsibility on the camera crew instead of the officials.
The rule has to be, if it was not a clearly evident fumble, then it is a not a fumble and review it. Then at least you are not left watching replays of a pile of guys with no clear view and making the replay guy have to say, clearly it was a fumble because I did not see it wasn’t a fumble.
Also, if it is ruled this way across the board, then that removes bias between games and keeps the rule fair.
The reason Swift fumbled was that he was being neck-wrenched by a tackler who had his hand gripping the the back of Swift’s helmet at his neck. Swift sat up after the play with both arms up in the air, clearly amazed that no flag was thrown. That was clear in the replays too. Grabbing a helmet like that and using it to leverage the ball carrier to the ground is just like a face mask grab — maybe worse. It has to be against the rules, or the rules should be revised to include it.
Gripping the back of the helmet IS against the rules. 15 yards same as a face mask penalty. Did the SEC office review that and announce Curles and company blew that call? Hell no!
Swift didn’t let go of the ball until after his knee was clearly on the ground, in the best angle I saw. No idea how that didn’t get ruled a non-fumble. You’re right about the personal foul, though. No idea how that got missed. Maybe Mark Curles is still holding a grudge after his bullshit celebration call on AJ Green. I bet he still thinks that was a great call, too. They should take him and Al Ford and make them call pee wee games in South Dakota for the rest of time.
Not an Aggies fan but they got royally screwed on that play. Ref needs to swallow his whistle on the play, especially when they don’t blow the whistle on plays that are obviously dead.
Oh, and I thought the Swift fumble was handled correctly. Refs let it play out, and when they went to review it, I agree that it couldn’t be over turned.
And I about fainted when the refs over turned not one, but two calls against us at the end of the game. Correctly over turned, as well.
Nope–they handled it incorrectly. They should have flagged MSU for a personal foul, nullified the fumble and given the Dawgs a first down. See above.
SEC Officials = Weathermen
Zero repercussions for failing at work.
Y’all like the way the GT officials called our game. This crew minus a few guys is the crew that blew the AJ Green call against LSU. Forget Hell!!!!
Marc Curles, wasn’t it? Well……there ya go!
You raise an interesting point by implication. Why not make ALL plays reviewable including penalties? Use the same incontravertible video evidence standard for everything and review all plays. At least keep the assholes honest that way.
Maybe Kirby can make sure Curles never officiates for UGA again.
Marc Curles was, is, and will always remain a bumbling idiot.
"What an incredible turnout. It felt like a home game when you looked up in the stands and saw all the red. I expected it to be that way but maybe not as much as it was." -- Kirby Smart, Dawgs247.com, 11/27/21
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