I’ll admit, I woke up about 5AM on Sunday and couldn’t get back to sleep. I started thinking about how “the fumble” was not overturned and I was feeling really bad for the players. I moved past it by noon that day because of the following points. (I wanted to post earlier, but have been too swamped with other commitments.) I’ve read several articles this week and commentary on “the fumble” so I want to help those who need it to put it behind you.
1) As an official for 14 years I can tell you that all officials want to get the call right and if they don’t they won’t be calling football very long or won’t be calling at that level. I’m not sure what is going to happen to the replay official in last week’s game, but suffice it to say I don’t see him doing Ohio State-Michigan or PSU-“Any top echelon team” in the B1G in the foreseeable future. You have to get replay right, he didn’t, and he will be penalized (think Indiana-Purdue) if not asked to retire.
2) As for the official on the field I don’t blame him at all. It was so close. You have to call what you see. If it was clearly a TD he would have called it. If not sure and it’s a fumble you let the fumble play out, because you can always (or at least that is what you expect) go back and correct the call (TD) that would kill the play via replay. This was a bang-bang play that took super slo-mo to show TD. So what happens next time we get the on field official? PSU probably gets the benefit of a close call. Wouldn’t you rather get the next call when State is playing for a B1G championship?
3) This team has already exceeded most people’s expectations. I remember after the Virginia loss many said they would be lucky to win 3. They are going to get 8 if the fans show up for Wisconsin. These guys, win or lose, have been so much fun to watch and follow. We are watching a team that is legendary and I second the post of putting 2012 on the press box.
4) The future is bright because #25 and #19 left. The current starting RB and top WR are Sophs. What if they were playing in the shadow of #25 and #19 this year? We wouldn’t be nearly as confident heading into next year. When #25 and #19 left we felt shafted, just like Saturday, but it turned out OK, actually it turned out very well.
I really don’t think we need to worry about conspiracy theories. Everything will even out over time. We have two games left to enjoy this team and with BOB in charge the future is unbelievably bright.
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