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What a Stupid Game
Posted by Chris Liss at 9/10/2006 8:28:00 PM
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What a ripoff that Giants-Colts game was. That b.s. offensive pass interference call? Those refs were the dregs of humanity - what a bunch of senseless fools. As a ref, rule No. 1 should be DON'T EVER MAKE UP STUFF THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. They thought Carter pushed off because the defender slipped, but they didn't SEE it. If you don't see it, don't infer it. Err on the side of missing the call rather than making up a call where none exists. That was a key first down, and instead put the Giants in second or third and long in their own end. Ridiculous. Of course, that's not half as bad as the five or six calls they jobbed Seattle with in the Super Bowl, but it's the same issue, and it damages the game.

On a side note, Jay Feely really blew it when he missed that easy kick. If it were up to me, he'd be running sprints after the game. The Colts run defense really blows. I've never seen a team so consistency run with such ease.


That rant was pretty funny until I realized it was serious.
Posted by hainesbl at 9/11/2006 12:33:00 PM
The pass interference call was one of the worst calls I can remember. Not even close. BUT the Giants still needed a lot to go right for them to win. It didn't cost them the game. Their stupid penalities on offense throughout the game cost them. They outplayed the Colts, but couldn't stop from shooting themselves in the foot.
Posted by schoenke at 9/11/2006 12:41:00 PM
Also, Corey Simon was out against the Giants. He's the big bulky run stuffer that really improved their defense against the run last season. I think his return (maybe this week) should make a big difference.
Posted by schoenke at 9/11/2006 12:43:00 PM
i couldnt agree with liss more. those refs invented a penalty on that play where there was none. ridiculous!
Posted by tdonkey at 9/11/2006 3:54:00 PM
The steelers beat the colts last year because they blitzed and got to Manning, flat out. The idiotic Giants coaching staff decided to drop back with a 4 man rush until the 2nd half, of which they promptly shut him down until their bonehead penalties and turnovers. Eli looked horrible, and I have a feeling its going to be a disappointing season for the giants. Stack the box like Carolina did ion the playoffs, and let Eli beat you..and all he'll do is throw up a duck to plaxico and hope he tips it to himself again, pathetic. We should have Rothesberger and our 1st round picks back. In the words of Madden- "Big brother accurate, little brother, not so much so." Don't blame the refs..giants beat themselves.
Posted by jaysee1 at 9/11/2006 7:59:00 PM
The Giants should have blitzed, that's for sure - Manning kills the blitz, but taking a chance would have been better than sitting back and letting him carve them up. Eli wasn't great, missed some open guys, but I think "horrible" is a little harsh. Of course, I wish we got Big Ben - but let's hope Manning turns out to be more Olajuwon than Sam Bowie. (Right now, he's a long way from that).
Posted by cliss at 9/11/2006 9:24:00 PM
"That rant was pretty funny until I realized it was serious."

It's funny precisely because it is serious.

Not that we all haven't been there, unless perhaps you're a Pats fan.
Posted by Erickson at 9/12/2006 1:36:00 AM
The rant would be funny in person, but putting it in a blog on your website for the whole world to see isn't very professional. I know that we are all human and it is nice to see raw emotion, but you might want to consider a filtering process. We all bitch and complain about official's calls during the game, but it is part of the game. When a bad call goes against your team it doesn't make it a "Stupid Game".

As a longtime subscriber and user of the website, how should I process these comments in conjuntion with Chris' other work... Beating the Book, Surviving, etc?
Posted by hainesbl at 9/12/2006 9:57:00 AM
Eli looked horrible and he had a better pass rating and more TD's than his "more accurate", 9 year vet, brother. That person obviously has no clue, and maybe Liss went a bit overboard with the "Stupid game" comments, but every game I watched this weekend was horribly officiated. With so much more emphasis on it now by the league, and having refs go back over the calls they made afterwards, and study so much more, you think it would get better. No matter what team you were rooting for, they got hosed 4-5 times this week. You just expect it, even when the game is on the line.
Posted by schwang2u at 9/12/2006 2:18:00 PM
That he's passionate about his team? I don't see that taking away from his picks or advice at all - read through his previous articles and you can see that he's pretty objective about his own team. I don't see a problem here at all.
Posted by Erickson at 9/12/2006 3:22:00 PM
My profession is to express my thoughts on these matters, and my style often incorporates the rant. The filter is for politics and religion... but I'm flattered that you think Beating the Book and Survivor are professional by comparison - I always thought those were rants half the time, too.

Posted by cliss at 9/12/2006 6:47:00 PM
I agree, I don't understand why making a few comments about horrible officiating would have anything to do with Chris' work. I just a month ago started coming here, and I can say I'm better in my leagues for it. That also forces me to watch the guys during the week when they're on ESPN. I would want the guys giving me advice to be just as passionate as he is. I know I would be. Sure he could have said it maybe in a lighter manner, but I think we're all mature enough to understand. And I think we all agree with those thoughts also.
Posted by schwang2u at 9/12/2006 6:48:00 PM
My feeling about the rant was that it was too "homerish". Kind of like "the Giants are my team and they are getting screwed". Right or wrong, I thought Chris let his feelings about the Giants cloud his view of the issue.

I never saw a replay angle that cleary showed Carter not pushing off. He definitely used his elbow, but it's not clear how much impact that had on the defender.

In the case of Sean Taylor, I thought the penalty was warranted. Helmet-to-helmet contact is almost always penalized. And when the offender is Sean Taylor, you will definitely see the flag. I agree that reputation hurts certain players with officials.

I like Chris' work and the rants are probably part of the appeal. Maybe it was just the title... "stupid game", that bothered me. I'm not sure.

Anyway, just read this weeks "Cramming" column... great stuff. Keep up the good work.
Posted by hainesbl at 9/13/2006 2:03:00 PM
For the rekid... It wasn't Pittsburgh blitzing that beat Indy last year. For most of the game, they rushed four, that's their forte - disguise blitzes, move guys around, use polamalu as a linebacker, confuse offensive lines. That worked - they don't often send much extra heat, they just want to hide where the 4-man rush is coming from. I was struck during the indie game how often their o-line - which is one of the best pass-protection o-lines in at least recent history - had guys standing around with no one to block, while steelers were chasing manning around for his life.
Posted by stuccosalt at 9/14/2006 9:53:00 AM

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