Maybe it is just that I am too old a fart, or maybe I am just stuck in the "good old days". Maybe it is both of those faults, and probably a few others, too, like watching my dad be a minor league baseball player, and then morph into a AAA umpire who would die a thousand deaths if he blew a call.
I realize that no one is perfect, and we all make mistakes--but when sports officials make obvious errors, I tend to take it very hard, because of how such a blown call may very well cheat deserving players/teams of "justice", and the fans--at the very least---of the answer to the question, "Who really won?"
Last night, I watched the Tostitos Bowl--Virginia Tech vs Michigan. It was a good, interesting game---although, IMO, not a "great" one. It ended in a tie, and went into OT. VT did not score on their first possession, and then Michigan, on their possession, drove close enough for a gimmie field goal, to win.
I am certain most of the TV viewers and many of the stadium audience saw the Michigan field goal kicker "false start" [moved forward] before the ball was snapped. Apparently NONE of the officials did. There was no call, and the "booth" apparently also said nothing. I certainly realize that a five yard penalty may not have changed the outcome of the game, BUT the point is that we will never know, and truth be told, we have two teams who are bitterly disappointed----Michigan has a contaminated win [did they REALLY win??], and VT has a contaminated loss [might they have won on the "next" OT series, but for the blown call??].
I submit that this is not the kind of lesson we want sports experiences to teach our youth, unless it is that life can be full of relatively unfair outcomes--so "be prepared".............
What do you think?
Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
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