Monday Night Football Reaction and other ramblings

Well hello there again.  Two posts in less than 24 hours, what were the chances. I was speaking with Brian “Scooter” Cullen last night and mentioned to him that I need to get my Mojo back when it comes to my writing.   He told me (through his sickness and foggy head) that the fact I wrote a Blog post was “Very cool”.  Not surprising coming from a closet hippie that is still stuck in thee 80’s (just like me).  But when I told him that I was  inspired by the new show he emulated to me “Right On”..  I wondered to myself if he was actually coherent enough to get what I was saying.  After all, he was not on cam for our Sunday morning show and he wasn’t feeling well enough to do the Sunday night show (neither was I and the show was cancelled) so I wondered if he even understood what I was saying.   But the truth remains that I AM excited for the future of this blog, and I have plans in my head of what I want it to become. 

With all of that being said, lets get on to the Monday Night game between Seattle and Buffalo.  I know my good friend Jon Olson is not feeling good today after watching his favorite team lose on National TV, because The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Buffalo Bills 31-25 on Monday Night Football.  the game was marred by what happened at the end of the first half when Richard Sherman jumped offside and continued on, due to no whistle being blown, touched the football and hit Bills kicker Dan Carpenter as he was attempting to kick the ball.  This was totally the fault of the officials.  they should have blew the whistle earlier and when Sherman ran into Carpenter, even though he did make contact with the ball, it should have been at the very least, running into the kicker, which would have moved the ball up 5 yards closer and created a shorter kick for Carpenter on the re-try.  This was a failure totally on the officiating, not on the players.  Rex called Sherman’s play “dirty” but in fact it wasn’t so much dirty as it was careless.  Players are taught to play to the whistle, and that’s exactly what Sherman was doing, as he explained to the on-field reporter after the game. 

I have a very strong opinion on the NFL officiating not just this year but in years past.  The NFL Officiating is terrible, its imperfect, and it needs an overhaul from the NFL.  I am an advocate of full time officials, simply because it would allow for continuous training, study, and attention to detail.  In relation to that, quoting  “On the ensuing field-goal attempt, the referees flagged the Bills for delay of game even though an official was over the ball with less than 10 seconds remaining on the game clock. Blandino(Dean Blandino, NFL senior vice president of officiating) said referees need to reset the game clock if they’re handling the ball with fewer than 20 seconds left on it.”  The referees did NOT reset the game clock which led to the delay of game.  That is gross negligence and again, this is on the referee and his staff.

Despite all that, the Seahawks still end up with the win, and there is no changing that, but if the NFL is wondering why their ratings are slipping, they can look at Monday night’s game as part of the reason why. 

In one other quick observation..  The College football poll came out tonight .. in fact.. as I am writing this it came out.  the top 4 are as follows:  1) Alabama 2) Clemson 3) Michigan 4) Washington.  I think this is right.  Ohio state doesn’t deserve to jump Washington yet despite their big win against Nebraska.  In my opinion Nebraska was an overrated top ten team.  the real test for the Buckeyes comes when they play Michigan Thanksgiving weekend.  The polls mean nothing to me until that happens.

Today is election day, hope you made the right decision for what you believe in.  good luck to your candidate and here is to the future of our great country.

Until next time….


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