Monday, October 26, 2009

Woulda coulda shoulda: Referees change the course of this season

Let's say that the referees hadn't blown these calls:

• Calling a celebration penalty on Georgia's A.J. Green against LSU.
• Calling Tyson Lee beyond the line of scrimmage on a crucial fourth-down pass against Houston.
• Calling a pick penalty against Udom Umoh when an Army defender threw him into another Army defender as Alex Washington was catching what would likely have been the game-winning touchdown.
• Not calling Mount Cody for throwing off his helmet after he blocked what would have been the game-winning field goal by Tennessee.
• Calling the South Carolina running back down when he fumbled deep in Vandy territory on the game's opening drive, and especially giving SC a touchdown when the receiver was clearly on the stripe without control of the ball.
• Calling a bogus 15-yard personal foul Malcolm Sheppard during a key moment in the Arkansas-Florida game.
• Giving Florida a touchdown when Dustin Doe fumbled before crossing the goal line.

Let's just say the right call was made in those games. You could have this:

• Georgia at 5-2 instead of 4-3.
• LSU at 5-2 instead of 6-1.
• Alabama at 7-1 instead of 8-0.
• Florida at 5-2 instead of 7-0.
• Miss State at 5-3 instead of 3-5.
• Arkansas at 4-3 instead of 3-4.
• Vanderbilt at 4-4 instead of 2-6.

OK, so I'm not so sure about Mount Cody. The guy just blocked the winning field goal. Wasn't the game over? Can't you celebrate once the game's over?

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