lown calls cost Cougars dearly
By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff
They are the bane of every football fan in the country, the cur every
coach would love to kick. Like the blind seer Teiresias in Oedipus Rex,
they foretell a destiny no one else can see.
A referee's job is to maintain order on the field of play and whistle
infractions when they occur. All too often the clowns in the zebra stripes
wrest control of a game and alter the outcome by throwing a flag on a play
when no infraction occurred.
This was the case in the Cougars' loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.
Thanks to one of the poorest calls in recent memory, or ancient memory
for that matter, the Cougars were denied a shot at victory by an official
who called defensive holding on the Cougar secondary when replays clearly
showed no infraction occurred.
The Cougar defense finally made a stand when it counted most, but a
blind, incompetent official swept its fine effort away with one arching
yellow flag thrown away from the play.
Head coach Dana Dimel argues with a referee after a questionable
call allowed Cincinnati to run out the clock and escape with a 29-28 win
over Houston on Saturday.
Kevin Harwerth/The Daily Cougar
Cougar head coach Dana Dimel was so thrilled with the official's bogus
call he stomped onto the playing field to congratulate the incompetent
official on his pathetic call.
The officials enjoyed Dimel's visit so much they promptly rained yellow
flags down upon him to the merry tune of 30 yards.
By then it was a moot point. The three flags gave the Bearcats 40 yards,
a first down and the ball game. The defensive holding call allowed Cincinnati
to keep possession of the football and run out the clock.
Coaches and players are prohibited from criticizing referees, but fans
and reporters can blast officials when it is painfully obvious the ref
blew the call.
The Cougars can't get a break. They put themselves in a position to
win and had the wind taken from their sails by a lousy referee.
What makes it worse is the inability to protest terrible calls and seek
justice through replays.
The Cougars almost got their breakthrough win, but it's hard to beat
a good football team and the officials too.