Sperm Edwards Posted October 26, 2010 Share Posted October 26, 2010 http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5727680 Childress was critical in his postgame news conference, but he was considerably harsher in an interview with the Vikings' radio network when he called Sunday's loss "the worst officiated game I've ever seen." Childress was particularly critical of a second-quarter touchdown reception by Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe that was overturned by replay. The replay review determined Shiancoe didn't have proper possession of the ball as he landed after his diving catch. But Childress said Monday he called the league and NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson acknowledged the call was a mistake. Childress revealed at his news conference that Johnson said he was "disappointed that the call was reversed." Spokesman Greg Aiello said league policy is not to comment on conversations between Johnson and the clubs. Aiello said Johnson "is obligated to give his factual opinion of any call that is questioned by a club." But the policy also "states that all such conversations are confidential and are not to be discussed publicly," Aiello said. So apparently if the league acknowledges that the refs blew a key call, no one is permitted to acknowledge that the league acknowledged what they acknowledged. If the league knows it was a bad call, why pretend publicly that no bad call was made? But more disturbing is that there are no repercussions for an NFL official that ignores the rule that says overturning a call on the field can only be in the face of conclusive, indisputable evidence. Does a ref get fined? Does he lose his game check? Does he get suspended? Nope. He gets the league covering for him and no one's allowed to say dick about it. I have no love for the Vikings and I love watching Favre lose, but there are a ton of Vikings fans getting screwed over. 4 point swing in a game they lost by 4 points. Not to mention it takes Favre out of panic-mode where he generally sucks. If they're up 21-20 may he doesn't panic and doesn't throw a pick-6. And maybe GB wins by 20 in a different situation. Making a bad, non-reversible call on the field is one thing. In real-time things sometimes happen fast and if the ref is looking elsewhere for a split second, he misses it. But overturning a TD is weak, and the league keeping their admission hush-hush is like destroying NE's cheating tapes. Now Childress is going to get fined for (truthfully) saying that the league admits the call was blown. What a bunch of garbage. The only silver lining is that Favre's idiotically selfish streak may come to an end at long last, and that his panic-picks lost another game. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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