“Like it or not, Megatron Call Was ‘Not’ Correct”

If you have noticed over your many years of consuming sports media, sports writers and broadcasters are obsessed with being the first to challenge conventional wisdom in the interest of trying to be elite, or above the common folk. There are many examples, and the internet is buzzing right now following the Megatron Scandal. Enter ESPN’s NFC North blogger, Kevin Seifert:

(NFL RULE) If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.

I know it doesn’t make intuitive sense. I know Johnson made a leaping catch of a 25-yard pass from Shaun Hill. There is no doubt he had two feet in bounds while maintaining possession. But Johnson dropped the ball after he landed on the ground and didn’t regain possession.

Wrong. Read the rule. There is zero qualifying indication of what “control of the ball after he touches the ground” means. Calvin Johnson fell to the ground, touching his knee, and hand, all while maintaining control of the football. To that point during the reception, there is no argument. What is perfectly consistent with the rule is that once his knee hit, that constitutes the ground in ALL other aspects of football. The play was over, he had maintained “control of the ball after he touche(d) the ground.” There is no “second act” like mentioned on the broadcast. It’s the end zone, what “second act” could there be? The play was over. Feet, knee, hand. Over. Is he supposed to take the ball to the bus with him?

That play was consistent with what the NFL calls a “reception.” That was criminal. Galarraga is still perfect, and the Lions are 1-0.

Be prepared to hear all the “experts” jump on the “blame the rule, not the referee” bandwagon.

2 Responses to ““Like it or not, Megatron Call Was ‘Not’ Correct””

  1. Dom Says:

    No he’s supposed to buy the ball dinner, cut a whole in it, and ass fuck it. That’s how you control a ball, you let it know who is on top.

  2. Tiger Rick Says:

    This is one of the reasons I gave up on NFL football years ago, and not just because the Lions have been pathetic. You needed a lawyer to help you interpet the rule book on this one. Your eyes could tell you this was a catch. But no, the referees have become the center of the game. This call, the call at the end of the Redskins v Cowboys game. You see a player make a great play and then you have to watch to see how many flags liter the field. After this one, if the Ford family had any balls they would pull the Ford Motor Company advertising account from NFL football.

    Having said all that, I still will not eat the cornbread. Fall is a beautiful time of the year in Michigan. Go out with you family on Sundays, or better yet, maybe they will not sell out and there will be real football on TV.

    Besides, Big Brother is back. Let the shoelaces fly.

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