Refs are like cops. There’s never one around when you need one.




Penalties… what are they good for, anyway?


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23 responses to “Refs are like cops. There’s never one around when you need one.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m no maven, but my cracker barrel buddies who played and know the game say they can probably call a penalty on every single play. It used to be holding. Now the popular ignored violation is linemen downfield.
    There are other penalty calls that just fall out of fashion. Receivers and defensive backs are practically dismembering each other these days before they’ll call pass interference either way. Defensive holding to slow down receivers is popular too, and equally overlooked.


    • silvercreekdawg

      I referee HS football and I can guarantee that’s true. It is at our level; we have to determine whether the foul affects the play or not.

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    • HirsuteDawg

      Sat in the upper deck with an older friend of mine one year down in Jacksonville. He had been a UGA lineman and SEC official. On many plays he would call the penalty prior to a yellow flag being seen. His wife (who was there with us) said she couldn’t enjoy the game for his calling penalties all game long. I wish I could have sat with that old rascal down in Jacksonville again this year. ☹️

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      • originaluglydawg

        That’s a problem right there. “He had been a UGA lineman and SEC official.”. He may be as honest as the day is long, but that’s a potential conflict of interest that shouldn’t be tempted. If UGA players are allowed to be refs, so are UFs, GT’s, etc. They’re not ALL honest…but we already knew that.


    • classiccitycanine

      You must be watching a different game. I see that if defensive players even breathe too close to a receiver or quarterback they get flagged.

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      • Hogbody Spradlin

        I could be wrong. Only been wrong 5 times today already. But I recall seeing plenty of knife fights on pass plays.


  2. RangerRuss

    Aaaaabsolutely nuthin’!

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  3. Just enforce the rules both ways and change the rule to require both feet in bounds for a catch or interception.


  4. More flags = longer games. Longer games = more commercials. Stunned ESPN does not have directives for the Gameday crowd to start beating the drum on tighter officiating. Herbie’s gotta have that jet ready at all times dammit!


  5. 69Dawg

    The game has changed to benefit the offense. The 3 yard rule is basically unenforceable unless they actually put a ref three yards down the line. The holding rule is now just don’t do any take downs or pull a D player around. In the old days if you garbed the jersey it was holding. The SEC calls less offensive pass interference penalties than most but it has slowly being taken out of the book. The pick, screen block etc used to be Offensive PI, not any more. The amount of pushing off by WR has greatly increased but the calls haven’t. If ESPN wants offense by Dawg they are going to get it.


  6. originaluglydawg

    In that picture, the player is barely across the three yard limit..and the ball is in the air. It would have been what we call a “ticky-tac” call at best. But I do agree that it isn’t called even when it’s much worse than this.