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Black-n-Gold
10-11-2005, 06:10 PM
I couldn't believe that they called fair catch interference on that play. He didn't hit him at all, just caught the ball that bounced off the guy's chest. Maybe I missed it, but that got me heated last night...

Prosdo
10-11-2005, 06:11 PM
I think they need to seriously look at the rule.

SteelerFanInATL
10-11-2005, 06:14 PM
I think we will see a rule change at some point due to that play. We clearly should have maintained possesion

tony hipchest
10-11-2005, 06:18 PM
bill cowher was quite the diplomat in addressing that play after the game. it was called according to the book. it is a bad rule. bens "fumble" and hines negated td were 2 other bad calls.

Ambridge
10-11-2005, 06:22 PM
The ball clearly bounced off of Sproles chest and into Chidi Iwouma's hands.
What was Chidi supposed to do........let the ball fall on the ground so the return man has a clear opportunity to recover his own muffed punt???

RoethlisBURGHer
10-11-2005, 06:24 PM
The officiating in that game was absolutley atrocious.Those horrible calls,and then some of those phantom holding calls!

Just like players and coaches,refs seriously need to be fined when they screw up.

tony hipchest
10-11-2005, 06:26 PM
atleast the chargers got some flags too. kept me from believing the refs were being paid of. now i think theyre just dumb.

Black-n-Gold
10-11-2005, 06:41 PM
this ranks up to that holding call on (I believe it was Tuman) a few weeks back when we were in the redzone. The defense actually held him and they called it on us, I dont see where these calls come from. I got a little too drunk last night, almost threw somehting at the screen in the bar when I saw that bullshit call. I dont see what the rule is that defends that call, fair catch only allows the player to have a clear chance to catch the ball. If they dont make the catch it's a fumble, plan and simple, so maybe he should have let it hit the ground first? Unbelievable..

hardwork
10-11-2005, 06:55 PM
I agree with the intent of the rule. If you signal a fair catch, and you bobble it, if it's within reach so you can make a second attempt, you should be able to make that attempt without being interfered with. See, it's really part of the same attempt to catch the ball.

Now, you could argue that last night the ball bounced to far away from him to make a second attempt. Maybe, maybe not. But the point is the guy has signaled a fair catch, and I see no reason why that protection should be sacrificed because you bobble it a bit, yet it's still within reach.

tony hipchest
10-11-2005, 07:06 PM
I agree with the intent of the rule. If you signal a fair catch, and you bobble it, if it's within reach so you can make a second attempt, you should be able to make that attempt without being interfered with. See, it's really part of the same attempt to catch the ball.

Now, you could argue that last night the ball bounced to far away from him to make a second attempt. Maybe, maybe not. But the point is the guy has signaled a fair catch, and I see no reason why that protection should be sacrificed because you bobble it a bit, yet it's still within reach.
good call hw. b. cowher pretty much expressed the same sentiments. it was still cool to see how pissed off he was on the sidelines when that fumble was overturned.

Ambridge
10-11-2005, 07:15 PM
it was still cool to see how pissed off he was on the sidelines when that fumble was overturned.

Yes!! The "spittle" was flowing freely from Cowher's mouth after that call.
:drool:

SteelR1
10-11-2005, 07:23 PM
It's one of them rules that you hate, but has to be there. Okay enough PC

I hate the rule!!!!!!!!! I agree if you call a fair catch you should have all the opprotunity to catch the ball, key work being CATCH!!!!!!! If you drop it or muff it, it should be fair game to everybody..

TasmanianTroy271
10-11-2005, 08:21 PM
I dunno what exactly the rules are on fair catch, but he did bobble it, the instant replay showed him upswing for the ball a second time, but it was 2 feet from his hand, so Chidi went for it. It wasn't Chidi's fault, and i dont think it should have been a 15 yard penalty.

SteelerzGirl
10-11-2005, 09:09 PM
From the angle that the replay was shown, it didn't look like the ball was within reach for Sproles after he bobbled. I agree that the rule needs to be reviewed.

Lyn
10-11-2005, 09:19 PM
The officals stunk and that damn rule stinks more

BB2W
10-11-2005, 10:27 PM
After he waves for a fair catch it is not considered a muff/fumble until it hits the ground... this protects the returner from getting clobbered or interfered with if he slightly bobbles it.

Instead of making it a gray area, or a judgement call they just say you can't touch the ball or the returner until the ball hits the ground. I understand why the rule is there, but on this play it seemed a bit unreasonable.

BengalBrian
10-11-2005, 11:23 PM
It was a good call.. HW's post was right on

BlitzburghRockCity
10-11-2005, 11:44 PM
I agree its the rule and has to be enforced, but it sure is a crock if u ask me. after it bounced off his head/face mask he wasnt gonna get it back...

If this had cost us the game, it would have been our version of the tuck rule :grin:

BengalBrian
10-12-2005, 12:02 AM
I agree its the rule and has to be enforced, but it sure is a crock if u ask me. after it bounced off his head/face mask he wasnt gonna get it back...

If this had cost us the game, it would have been our version of the tuck rule :grin:
I would have been pissed if it happened to the Bengals... I almost thought the refs were totally cheating you and I was pumped, but it all made sense when they explained the rule...

No harm done.. It made the league aware in case noone knew and you still got the win

24seven
10-12-2005, 01:09 AM
at least i'm not alone on the thoughts of the officiating last night.. Man i thought i was gonna blow a fuse or have a heart attack.. That head ref was so irritating to look at too i just wanted to reach through the tv and wring his flabby neck.. I thought for sure we were gettin shafted but like one guy said.. they'd through in a few against the Chargers to through us back off.. Another crap call was personal fall on troy p... the other players were nudgin him and eggin him on he was just defending himself and yet he gets the flag.. complete bs.. I hope i never see that crew ever again!!!!

pitt
10-12-2005, 01:21 AM
Just when you think the officiating can't get any worse, it does. The NFL has to do something about this garbage. It's time to call "interference" on the officials.

Rotorhead
10-12-2005, 02:24 AM
Based on this rule, everyone should call for a fair catch, so in case the screw it up nobody can touch the ball except the returner haha. I think that this is the type of thing instant replay is for. It was painfully obviously that CI did not interfere with the punt catch, the dam ball bounced off the intended returner straight into his arms! It was only after that, and after he had the ball, that CI ran over the punt returner, otherwise he would never have touched him. Hopefully that rule will be amended. I think the refs were a little flag happy due to what happened in a few games on sunday (Ravens, Bucs, etc) where officials were being bumped around a little. They basically were making the statement to the players that they need get get a little more under control. Believe me, I about smashed my laptop watching the game I was so pissed at some of the calls. I hope the refs tone it down a little next week, and let people play.

BB2W
10-12-2005, 12:51 PM
Cowher says refs were right

In the third quarter, the Steelers thought they were victimized by a poor call after special teams ace Chidi Iwuoma recovered a muff punt by Chargers' returner Darren Sproles, who bobbled the ball after he waved for a fair catch.

But instead of the Steelers getting the ball deep in Chargers' territory, the referees handed the ball back to the Chargers and flagged Iwuoma for a 10-yard penalty for fair chance interference. The Steelers were leading 14-7 at the time,

The Bolts then marched down the field for a field goal drive.

"I was robbed," Iwuoma said.

But Cowher absolved the referees of any blame.

"(The officials) were right. If the guy signals for a fair catch, you have to allow him the opportunity to catch the ball even if he bounces off his chest," Cowher said. "He is given the right to secure the football. It doesn't have to be clean.

"(At first), I couldn't believe it (when the Chargers got the ball back). But when they officials explained it, I understood the rule."