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LSU vs. Alabama 09' - Refs hosed LSU

Postby jsmoke222000 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:17 am

I'm almost @ a loss for words after watching the LSU vs. Alabama game yesterday & the replay again today. Alabama won a close game against the tigers but they had plenty of help from the refs too. Make no mistake about it, the refs didn't cause LSU to lose the game but they most certainly helped Alabama win it. The truth is that if LSU would have played up to their potential the entire game, the tigers would have won the game by 3 touchdowns. The LSU tiger football team as a whole lost this game. Having said that, the refs should be fired today! Yes, I said it, FIRED! This game was full of blown calls! Here are a few examples:


The Patrick Peterson interception:

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How many different angles do you need to be able to see that this was indisputable video evidence of an interception?

The magic 6 yard penalty! (Pay close attention to the yard & ball markers on the sideline)

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Jefferson 1st down or not?
He was clearly past the yellow line, was he not?
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Block in the back?

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Re: LSU vs. Alabama 09' - Refs hosed LSU

Postby jsmoke222000 » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:56 am

Nov. 7, 2009
By Dennis Dodd
CBSSports.com Senior Writer


Did LSU corner Patrick Peterson come down inbounds with an interception of a McElroy pass with 5:54 left in the game?

Early returns say he did, despite a ruling on the field that the pass was incomplete and backed up by the video replay booth. From this viewpoint, supported by sideline witnesses and seemingly by replays, Peterson's left foot was in and Peterson himself says both feet. CBS television kept showing a divot inbounds that looked like it was created when the sophomore cornerback landed. If that's the case, you have to wonder how it can happen again. The SEC -- Suspend Everybody Conference -- has another flaming bag of poo on its porch.

The issue is not whether LSU would have been able to go 69 yards or so for the winning score trailing 21-15 at that point. It would have been tough, but so were the Tigers, who led 15-10 in the fourth quarter despite missing their quarterback (Jordan Jefferson, ankle), tailback (Charles Scott, possible broken collarbone) and best corner (Peterson, cramps).

The issue is getting things right in a league which had just caught its breath after the hefty fine given to Florida's Urban Meyer for criticizing officials. Getting things right in a league that has the best football and best fans, but seemingly a group of officials on the field and in the booth who treat their jobs like spilled beer at the frat house

As you know, Daniel, nothing was at stake Saturday except Alabama's continued pursuit of a national championship and that first SEC title in a decade. The BCS was about to be ripped asunder with LSU leading in the fourth quarter and then -- voilà! -- 'Bama won. Florida knows the feeling -- it was trailing Arkansas at Gainesville in the fourth quarter until the infamous Marc Curles called a phantom personal foul. That was after the same crew had called a phantom excessive celebration penalty against Georgia in a game against LSU.

Early in the game on Saturday, we were informed there was "no replay available." In the fourth quarter, an official clearly made a mistake spotting the ball after LSU ran into the punter. A fourth-and-six from the 50 became, well, fourth and less than a half-yard after the ball was marked inside LSU's 45.

Two plays later, having returned from cramping up, Peterson stepped in front of Jones and, well, all hell may be breaking loose again.


Saturday November 7, 2009 10:11PM
By Andy Staples
Special to SI.com



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- I wish I could have written Saturday about how Alabama receiver Julio Jones, who has struggled to break free all season, caught a 2-yard pass in the fourth quarter and turned it into a 73-yard touchdown. I wish I could have written about the grin on Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy's face when he said "I've never seen anybody run that fast."

I wish I could have written about how LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson fought off cramps for most of the game, or about how he just missed getting back on the field before that Jones touchdown play began. I should have written about how LSU soldiered on in spite of injuries to starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson (ankle) and tailback Charles Scott (broken collarbone).

Instead, I have to write about the SEC officials. Again.

Because when officials went to the video with 5:54 remaining in Alabama's 24-15 win to determine whether Peterson intercepted McElroy along the right sideline, the replay official didn't see what most impartial eyes watching at home saw: Peterson got his left foot down with possession. He may have even gotten his right foot down. Officials on the field ruled Patterson caught the ball out of bounds. After a few minutes, replay official Gerald Hodges upheld that call, even though numerous replays shown on the CBS telecast seemed to show Peterson getting that left foot down with possession. Later, LSU players would say Peterson's left shoe left an obvious gash in the grass. (After interviews, I even took a photo of said gash.)

Let's get one thing straight. The play didn't decide the game. Yes, LSU would have gotten the ball down six instead of down nine 2 minutes and 50 seconds later, but there's no guarantee backup quarterback Jarrett Lee, working with backup running back Stevan Ridley, would have led the Tigers down the field for the winning score against the ferocious Alabama defense.

But we should be comfortable in knowing that correct calls led to a result that will stand forever. A result, mind you, that allowed Alabama to clinch the SEC West title and set up a showdown with Florida in Atlanta on Dec. 5. That's the problem with all the SEC officiating hijinks this season: Now we don't know. Now we can't be sure the best team won, because we know both teams didn't get a fair shot. Saturday's disputed call was as unfair to Alabama as it was to LSU, because a tiny seed of doubt has now planted itself in the minds of all but the most fervent Alabama supporters.

Had the call gone the other way, it would have been just as unfair, but it wouldn't have given the tinfoil-hat crowd the ammunition this one did. The SEC is under even more scrutiny this season because of its 15-year contracts with CBS and ESPN that will pay the league $3 billion. Fans of other conferences are convinced the SEC will do anything to keep teams undefeated so one SEC team will play in the BCS title game. That isn't true. The officials work hard and do their level-best to make the correct calls. Unfortunately for the SEC, every major disputed call this season has gone in favor of an undefeated team.

LSU got the first one on Oct. 3, when Georgia receiver A.J. Green was called for a mystifying excessive celebration penalty that forced the Bulldogs to kick off from their own 15. Buoyed by great field position, the Tigers marched for the winning touchdown and remained undefeated heading into their Oct. 10 matchup with top-ranked Florida.

Two weeks later, Arkansas threatened to knock Florida from the ranks of the unbeaten. The same crew that worked the LSU-Georgia game worked that game, and in the fourth quarter, with Florida down 20-13, referee Marc Curles flagged Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard for a personal foul when all Sheppard did was hit a Florida player who tried to block him during a play. Florida scored the tying touchdown on the next play and went on to win, 23-20.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive suspended Curles and his crew for three weeks after that call -- and several others in that game. Curles told ESPN.com that he was sick over the bad call on Sheppard.

The following week, Tennessee visited undefeated Alabama. Crimson Tide defensive tackle Terrence Cody blocked a Tennessee field-goal attempt to save a 12-10 win, but he ripped his helmet off in celebration with the ball still alive. The play should have drawn a 15-yard penalty. It wouldn't have gotten Tennessee another kick because the penalty would have been enforced as a dead-ball foul, but at least it wouldn't have given the conspiracy theorists another piece of "evidence." A few hours later, in the Florida-Mississippi State game, a replay official ruled Gators linebacker Dustin Doe had scored on a fourth-quarter interception return when ESPN's replays showed a Bulldog had knocked the ball loose before Doe crossed the goal line. The play stood, and a nine-point game became a 16-point game.

Naturally, the aggrieved coaches complained about the bad calls. They complained so much that Slive on Oct. 30 instituted a zero-tolerance policy. The next coach to complain would be fined or suspended. That coach was Florida's Urban Meyer, who groused quite tamely that officials should have flagged Georgia linebacker Nick Williams for a late hit on Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. On Friday, Slive hit Meyer with a $30,000 fine.

LSU coach Les Miles can keep his checkbook in his pocket. Saturday, he managed to express his dismay with the call without actually criticizing it.

"I believe the officials work hard and make as good a quality of a call as they can," Miles said. "The difficult issue that I have is telling my team. That's the issue. The issue is telling Patrick Peterson, who, in his mind, knows it was an interception. If it's the right call, it's easy. But that's the difficult issue."

Peterson certainly believes he intercepted the pass. "When I caught the ball, I tried to get two feet in. I believe I got two feet in," Peterson said. "Definitely, the foot mark was left on the field. Not even on the white. It was on the green."

After interviewing Peterson, I returned to the field, where I snapped a few photos of a small gash in the field between the 31- and 32-yard lines. A video replay confirmed this was the same spot where Peterson caught McElroy's pass. There is no way to confirm that Peterson's foot made the mark; it could have been made at any point during the game. But judging by video replays, Peterson's left foot -- which landed first -- would have made an identical mark on the disputed play.

But the call stood. LSU lost. Alabama won.

The worst part isn't the mistake. "We're all human," LSU linebacker Harry Coleman said. The worst part is the fact that these ridiculous conspiracy theories will continue because the officials in the nation's highest-profile conference keep missing big calls in big games.

I've spent 1,000 words writing about this call. I wish I could have written about the brilliance of Alabama tailback Mark Ingram, who jump-started the Tide offense in the second quarter and finished with 144 yards on 22 carries. I wish I could have written about the equal brilliance of Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, who stuffed Ridley on a key third down to force the punt that set up Jones' go-ahead touchdown. I wish I could have written about the beauty of watching two sets of elite athletes spill sweat and blood onto a field.

But I couldn't. Because the disputed call is all anyone will want to talk about this week.

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