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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

People Are Still Talking About the Seahawks' Last Minute Win Against the Green Bay Packers

Posted by on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 6:48 PM

And I couldn't really be bothered to give a hoot, but for some reason I clicked on this link while scrolling through Facebook, and the video looks like pretty damning evidence that the catch was good. What say you Slogarati?

 

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Max Solomon 1
looks more like a simultaneous catch than before.

but i still think the packers DB should have batted the ball out of the end zone instead of trying to catch it.
Posted by Max Solomon on September 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM · Report this
Hernandez 2
Definitely looks more like a simultaneous catch than the angle they kept showing during the MNF broadcast.

Still, terrible officiating throughout the game. And that sucks, because the defense was on fire and the running game was dominant, but now all we can talk about is this.
Posted by Hernandez http://hernandezlist.blogspot.com on September 26, 2012 at 7:05 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 3
Real question: How does pass interference factor here?
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus http://www.grantropolis.com/ on September 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM · Report this
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This is bullshit. There's no way that was a "simultaneous catch". Seahawks stole a win. Pete Carroll has no integrity as a person or a coach.
Posted by Parmenides on September 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM · Report this
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@4, what would a non-referee coach or person with integrity have done differently?

The 'Hawks didn't steal shit. The refs screwed up and Seattle was the beneficiary of that mistake. They have no culpability; they were gifted a win. Compare that with the Patriots who, a few years back, had a program of intercepting (ahem) play calls of opposing teams during games.
Posted by California on September 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
@4: why, if he had any integrity at all, he'd have forfeited in protest of the call, by cracky!

and he wouldn't have a jerb the next day.
Posted by Max Solomon on September 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM · Report this
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More great analysis and evidence:

http://www.fieldgulls.com/2012/9/25/3410…
Posted by algorhythm99 on September 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM · Report this
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Is this some trick to get slogsters to watch a Fox video?
Posted by kinaidos on September 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM · Report this
venomlash 10
Right into Jennings's hands. He had both hands firmly on the football and Tate only had one. Then as they hit the ground, Tate reached up and put his other hand on the ball. Clear interception, still a horrific call by the refs.
Posted by venomlash on September 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM · Report this
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@3

The pass interference you've heard so much about was a blatant push-off by Tate before the "catch." It's not shown so well in that there video you've dug up.

Try this one instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVsg7wGgx…
Posted by robotslave on September 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM · Report this
biffp 12
@4, the Steelers stole the 2006 Super Bowl, which is only a little more important than Game FUCKING 3.

More shopping carts Brissey.
Posted by biffp on September 26, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Report this
pg13 13
Kevin Calabro on 710 ESPN was touting this video angle as definitive proof that the refs got the call right. I came home, sat through the ad, and watched it...and I don't see it any differently than I saw it that night.

I believe the refs missed the call. That happens all the time in football. They also missed the obvious pass interference before this happened. Again, that happens all the time. They blew calls on interference and roughing the passer earlier in this same drive. They also, I freely admit, made a questionable pass interference call that kept the Packers' scoring drive alive earlier. Again, all that...while not as egregiously bad, perhaps, as it was on Monday night...is stuff that happens, even with real refs.

What was bad was that they didn't know what to do. The game was too often out of control...shambolic...with some players on some plays getting away with murder while other players on other plays not being allowed to do what they're legally allowed to do.

On this particular play, the referees were supposed to huddle up, those that saw the play were supposed to tell the lead ref what they saw, then the lead ref was supposed to make an official call of what happened on the field...and then, there would be the replay review to see if there was any clear incontrovertible evidence to overturn the call that was made on the field.

Instead, the muddled double call was made (one ref signalling "time out (stop)"--as if it was an interception and a touchback and the other signalling "touchdown"), the lead referee didn't even confer with those two refs about what they'd seen...and without a clear, official call, he went right to the replay booth to try to determine what the call should be. (And the fact that the replay official turned out to be Phil Luckett--he of the Vinny Testaverde blown call--oh, mighty irony!) He then came back to say that the "ruling on the field" stood--that it was a touchdown, though that was hardly clear from the way that the refs had acted on the field.

Had the play been ruled an interception on the field, the replay probably wouldn't have overturned that ruling either.

Personally, after looking at this repeatedly...I believe that Jennings established control of the ball with both hands, arms and by pulling it to his chest. I believe that Golden Tate had one hand on part of the ball...that he had his other hand on Jennings' wrist until they landed on the ground. I believe that the rule says that it is not a simultaneous catch if one player establishes control and then another player then tries to establish joint control.

In the end, though, you play the game on the field...and, correct call or not, the game ended with a Seahawks come from behind victory.

This video angle really doesn't change anything.
More...
Posted by pg13 on September 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 14
@biffp: Shopping carts are now forever off the record, due to the actions of an insane piece of shit. Do the math.
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus http://www.grantropolis.com/ on September 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 15
@14 I think I missed a story here. Tell me about crazy shopping carts.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://twitter.com/joeszi on September 26, 2012 at 8:14 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 16
First, IT DOESN'T MATTER what happened in the game because the NFL owners are trying to screw the officials out of their pensions.

BUT, the Seahawks kicked the former world champions' BUTTS despite a number of idiot ref calls that went AGAINST them. So Seahawks win and fuck you, Packers. Score more points next time, losers.
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 17
@ 10 it wasn't Tate's hand. Did you LOOK at the video?
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 18
@ 11
" blatant push-off by Tate" my ass. Lots of stuff doesn't get called. This one is what puts the bug up your butt? You're a little late to the party, pal.
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 19
Hard to tell from this angle: I can't see through the Green Bay player's back.

That said, I think we're forgetting how much the regular refs suck, too. I'd bet good money there are many past instances where a blown call on the last play reversed the outcome of the game.

However, the real refs would have been all over Tate's blatant pass interference, making the whole catch situation moot. That oversight is what shocks me.
Posted by Free Lunch on September 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 20
@4
No more a "stolen" win than 100's of previous games. Nut up, son.
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM · Report this
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@18

Cool story, bro.
Posted by robotslave on September 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 22
@19

No they wouldn't. Or rather, YOU DON'T KNOW whether they would have caught that or not. Lots of stuff doesn't get called in EVERY GAME. Holding. Pass interference. Speculation ain't fact.
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 23
@21

Been there before. This is not a new story.
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM · Report this
Betsy Ross 24
What if Ed Hochuli had been the ref, reviewed the play, then announced something like "both players gained possession while in the air, and maintained possession after hitting the ground, therefore, by rule, it is a touchdown." I think the real problem here is the lack of trust and authority in the replacement refs.
Posted by Betsy Ross on September 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM · Report this
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Shorter Daddy Love:

People win all the time by breaking the rules. Ergo, people who win by breaking the rules should be praised, not criticized, as their winnings are entirely legitimate.
Posted by robotslave on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM · Report this
Puty 26
Love the "emeritus"!
Posted by Puty on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM · Report this
Teslick 27
Well, regardless of the call, you can be sure that if the situation were reversed and it was the Seahawks getting screwed by the refs, you wouldn't see this much controversy.
Posted by Teslick on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 28
@25
Aw, so nice of you to reduce my comments to a straw man in which I said that someone who 'broke" the rules got away with it or should be praised. Thanks!

But in the REAL world, stuff happens that doesn't get nicely refereed to a certain conclusion. AND the Seahawks DID kick GB ass from one end of the Link to the other.

No one one 'broke" the rules, by the very definition fo the rules and how they are assessed. Every infraction of the rules was adjudicated by the appointed arbiters. It they say it happened, it happened. If they say it didn't happen, it didn't.

AND by the rules of the NFL, which is the only arbiter despite whatever your opinion might be,. the Seahawks ARE the legitimate winners, so sincerely yours, fuck you.
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 29
Wanna try again, robotslave?
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM · Report this
Daddy Love 30
Love this place. PI edits or suppresses my posts.
Posted by Daddy Love on September 26, 2012 at 8:47 PM · Report this
Betsy Ross 31
Plus, NFL players frequently make one-handed catches. So it's irrelevant that Jennings got two hands on the ball first. Tate had control and possession of the ball the instant his first hand touched it.
Posted by Betsy Ross on September 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this
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@29

Why try again, when you've merely repeated the Shorter?
Posted by robotslave on September 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM · Report this
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@30: You're doth protesting too much.
Posted by MR M on September 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM · Report this
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@31 I think people don't understand the rule basis of the decision. A lot of stuff happens before Jennings's 2nd foot touched the ground and it ain't a catch til both feet hit, right?

I still think the 1st down call on the one yard line just before the Packers scored that last touchdown was a far more obvious error, but it created the conditions for everything that followed, including the Seahawks needing a TD instead of a field goal.
Posted by cracked on September 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM · Report this
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Somehow I don't think Johnny Depp would be commenting 10 times on this thread.
Posted by DawginExile on September 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM · Report this
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A catch in the air is not possession.

Possession only occurs after ball control plus two feet on the ground.

Tate got both hands on the ball before GBs feet touched the ground.

This was an excellent call, one that showed understanding of the rules of the game.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on September 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM · Report this
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It was most definitely an amazing simultaneous catch. The ball hits Tate's left hand first, and amazingly the film shows he controls it. Jennings then gets his mits on it, but Jennings is in the air, so that is not a catch under NFL rules. By the time Jennings has hit feet on the ground rate has both hands on the ball. Which is an amazing simultaneous catch - TD Hawks. The national media ran with this story to get rid of the replacement refs. Which worked. Also, the outrage is largely because the lowly South Alaska Seahawks beat the most hallowed of NFL franchises; reverse the roles and there is very little national outrage.
Posted by Slog Tipper David on September 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM · Report this
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Thanks to the Stranger for posting about this; the national press won't touch it with a ten foot pole.
Posted by Slog Tipper David on September 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 39
@22 - Fair enough. I guess I should have said I've never once seen pass interference that blatant NOT get called. But I'm the one saying the regular refs suck, too, so maybe I shouldn't be so shocked.
Posted by Free Lunch on September 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM · Report this
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per NYT the NFL and union have reached agreement and the lockout is over. That didn't take long.
Posted by gnossos on September 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM · Report this
stoompy 41
THE REFS STRUCK A DEAL http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/sports… How are we gonna go the Super Bowl Now!?
Posted by stoompy http://www.efukt.com/ on September 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 42
Who are the Packers going to blame now if they lose to the Saints this weekend?
Posted by Gern Blanston on September 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM · Report this
wilbur@work 43
what pg13 said.
Posted by wilbur@work on September 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM · Report this
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#39

What's the point of calling pass interference ... if GB actually caught the ball !?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on September 26, 2012 at 11:28 PM · Report this
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That call was hardly the most controversial call of the night. The fact that the refs let this go on for as long as it did is simply outrageous: http://www.bebo.com/c/video?FlashBoxId=4…
Posted by madcap on September 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM · Report this
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Boooriiiing.
Posted by Amanda on September 27, 2012 at 12:05 AM · Report this
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Here's the best pic I have seen, clearly showing tate with possession of the ball, both feet down, before Jennings - and really ripping the ball from Jennings, dragging Jennings over him:

http://pics.lockerz.com/s/248020728
Posted by Slog Tipper David on September 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM · Report this
care bear 48
SPORTS!
Posted by care bear on September 27, 2012 at 7:22 AM · Report this
Simone 49
@14, 15. I too missed the last shopping cart story/thread. I guess I will have to search for it.

The Packers should always loose because their fans wear those horrible cheese hats.
Posted by Simone on September 27, 2012 at 8:07 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 50
@ 47, clear as mud. You can't even see the ball in that picture.

Seahawks fans are a touchy bunch, ignoring the offensive pass interference, ignoring the opinions of longtime experts, and coming up with ludicrous conspiracy theories to insist that everything about this play and this game was fair. Good lord, do you really think the billionaire NFL owners would be moved to reconcile with the refs over a GOOD call by the scabs?
Posted by Matt from Denver on September 27, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Free Lunch 51
@44 - None, if it were ruled that Green Bay had caught the ball, but that wasn't the ruling. And even if the ruling had gone GB's way, the refs would have still thrown a flag had they seen Tate push his defender to the ground (or comprehended that such a thing is against the rules).

Anyhow, the real refs are back, so no more bad calls, ever!
Posted by Free Lunch on September 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 52
@47: What?

You can not see a damn thing in that picture. Are you sure that is the right link?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on September 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
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GB should have just batted it away. End of story.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on September 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
McGee 54
Yeah the real refs would have been all over that offensive PI!

Or would they?

In the previous 52 hail Mary attempts pass interference on either side was never called. What do you think is more likely; that it didn't occur 52 times or that the Seahawks hail Mary was the only one that happened or that the refs just don't call it?

If Jennings wanted the interception I guess he just should have completed "the process" of the catch while going to the ground.
Posted by McGee on September 27, 2012 at 3:26 PM · Report this

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