Incompetent Refs, Part 1

Refs and the Last-Second Field Goal

A week ago the Oakland Raiders lost a game when a good field goal was called back because a feeble referee attempt to call time out came too late and too quietly. Janikowski doinked the next one and the refs gave the game to an undeserving Bronco team. Yesterday, the refs evened it out with a similar shameful act that let the Raiders have one back at the expense of the Cleveland Browns.

This is shameful. No matter what the rules are about letting the ref know you want a time-out at the last second, the referee is honor bound to stop the play before the snap. It’s unfair to make any kicker kick the same field goal twice. That first kick takes something out of them; the second kick is always harder.

The rule either needs to be changed or we need to get better refs. There is too much at stake in this multi-billion dollar industry to let incompetent referees continue to reverse the rightful outcome of games.

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