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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

After Further Review, It still smells like a Duck

So late Monday afternoon the Pac 10 Conference, officially released their statment and even an Apology to the University of Oklahoma. For a few hours I was delighted to see that the Pac 10 was at the very least, willing to admit to such gross errors of officiating on what they called "a game altering play". But then other 'reports' and interviews began to surface which are very disburbing.

The replay official is now claiming that even with all the cameras working the game that one half of the country was watching, Riese saw only a single frame of video and the angle was "bad". This is a direct contradiction of the Pac 10 commisioner's apology to Oklahoma where he says,

"Further, the instant replay official is limited to the views of any play which is made available and must make a timely decision, although on the kickoff play ample views were available"

Houston, we have a problem. But wait, There is still more to this story.

The official on the field said that "After review, there is conclusive video evidence that the ball was touched by a receiving team player, which makes the ball live."

A 'video review' is not a review of a snapshot in time. One frame, by definition, is inconclusive at the very least. This is big time College Football, not Pop Warner. One only has to look at the home team of the game in question and their largest booster (Nike) to understand this.

Also there has been the 'time constrant' excuse thrown out there as well for replay review. That simply is not true according to the Pac 10's replay FAQ:

Q. Is there a time limit on how long a play can be reviewed?
A. No.

Now the replay official, is willing to talk about his stress level, high blood pressure, and even a 'death threat', in order to gain some sort of sympathy, and I understand why he would feel this way after such a gross error. However, Unlike the 18 and 19 year old player who just minutes after games will field question after question in order to explain his actions and even MISTAKES on the playing field. This replay official will now hide behind the vail of secrecy and will not talk about specifics on the call, but will pass the buck and say, "My supervisor knows what happened up there and that's all that matters."

Lets not publicly speak out of convenience here, and your commisioner does not agree with you. The travasty here is not a missed call by the officals on the field. They are human and errors will be made. The travesty now seems to be that people who were ultimately repsonsible for the REPLAY SYSTEM to work properly, failed miserably.

What is the point of having replay in the first place then?

The outcome of the fiasco can NEVER be changed, but the more people speak about this publicly, the more it smells. I am not falling for the 'gunman behing the picket fence" theory just yet, but it is terrible that such a cloud hangs over the outcome of this haunt BOTH Universities, and more importantly the players who gave every effort they possibly could in order to achieve their goal. It is just too bad that the officials responsible to insure the fairist contest didn't feel the same way.

This isn’t about the game played in Orergon last Saturday and laying BLAME on one individual specifically. This isn’t about the 2006 season. This isn’t even about OU. This is about the credibility of College Football and its falling reputation. This isn't the WWE. I can handle losing a game against the any team, but does the sport we love have to suffer in the process?! Duck fans, this is your loss too, Pac 10 fans, this is your loss too, College Football fans, this is your loss too!

The more information that comes out each day about this, the more it smells.

Addendum (5:18 09/19/06)

This is from the WEBSITE that supplies both the Pac 10 and the Big 12 their 'replay equipment'.

"Also, we set up a recording device so they can later review the reviewers (watch the clips they watched so they can see how the monitors came to their decision)"

If I am this replay official, and what he has said is true. Then I would be demanding that these tapes be made public or at the very least, reviewed by BOTH universities and let them make public statements.

and that way there is no doubt or it truly was 'clitch', and no need for this guys


Anonymous said...

I am not a Sooner fan, but something is very worng hear. More needs to be looked at behind the scenes.

This game should be taken off the official record.

Anonymous said...

And sometimes mistakes are made and bad calls are made. Considering the number of times calls have been made in OU's favor,I say don't take this so personally and move on. In the grand scheme of life, it's just football.

Jeff said...

'Just a football game'?

Tell that to Nike or even to bring it a little more cloer to home to you, "Action Sports".

Your stupid sport can't even figure out how to judge pit road speeds fairly or even make public their Rule Book!

Na$car uses replay aswell, but only when it is convenient. Your are barking up the wrong tree.

Anonymous said...

Worst call in College Football history. If I was an OU fan I would be pissed. Imagine the riots something like this would have started in places like Columbus or Ann Arbor?

Anonymous said...

Lets see,

On the onside kick play:

a) Oregon had 2 players offsides
b) Oregon interfered with the OU receiver
c) Oregon touched the ball before it travelled 10 yards
d) Oklahoma recovered the ball

First and ten ducks!

You'll never convince me that it was just incompetence by the refs.

Anonymous said...

Lyin' Eyes (Gordon Reise version)

Pac 10 guys just seem to find out early
How to overlook the ball within a pile
A rich old man
And the home team won't have to worry
He'll dress up in zebra stripes and go in style

Late in the game, the replay booth gets lonely
I guess ev'ry form of referee has his price
And it breaks our sooner heart to think that call was
given to a team whose mascot quacks and flies

So he tells us that he only saw one angle
And the tech beside him couldn't hit rewind
But he knows he's a lyin', cheatin' bastard
ANd the SOoners have exposed his *** this time

You can't hide your lyin' eyes
And your viewing angle is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't no way to hide your lyin eyes

On the other side of the field a team is waiting
with sure hands and 13 point lead they had it won
They played the on-side kick just like they should have
But Gordon fu*@ed the game up just for fun

The ball rushes to Patricks arms,
They fall together
We were interfed after 8 yards by a duck
The replay showed the world what was the right call
But Gordo and Cutaia didn't give a f*@k!!!

You can't hide your lyin' eyes
And your viewing angle is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't no way to hide you lyin' eyes

The excuses pile up and the dust settles
Gordon understands that it's not gonna' fly
This time he has fu*#ed up with the wrong team
So he watches ESPN and begins to cry

he wonders how it ever got this crazy
He thinks about the coach he knew in school
Did he get fired or did he just get suspended?
He's so far gone he feels just like a fool

My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things
You set it up so well, so carefully
Ain't it funny how the replay didn't change things
You're still the same old cheat you used to be

You can't hide your lyin eyes
And your viewing angle is a thin disguise
I thought by now you'd realize
There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes
There ain't no way to hide your lyin' eyes
Gordon, you can't hide your lyin' eyes