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So I’m not saying the referees officiating the Ohio State – Michigan game were in the tank for the Buckeyes, but I’m definitely saying it is possible. And before we go any further, no I’m not from Michigan, and no I’m not from Ohio. I have no dog in this fight. I just find this video “interesting.”
It took two overtimes for the Buckeyes to beat the Wolverines 30-27 in the Shoe on Saturday in one of the greatest incarnations of “The Game” rivalry in recent memory, but it wasn’t without controversy. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was extremely critical of the officiating after the game — so much so that the NCAA fined him for it. He might’ve had good reason to be critical, though.
As this video shows, the referees, at least two who are reportedly FROM Ohio, overlooked a whooooooole lot of obvious calls on the Buckeyes. Calls that weren’t even borderline, “eh, mayyyyybe that hit was after the whistle” calls. They were more like, “Yeah, the whistle blew 20 minutes ago and I just got stabbed by the Buckeyes’ mascot. Can we get a flag? No? Awesome. Can we at least get me to a hospital? No? Goddammit” calls.
See for yourself:
I understand these refs can’t see everything, but COME ON. Some of these are right in the middle of the action. Stevie Wonder would’ve spotted these penalties and he’s a talented musician!!! He doesn’t even know the rules of football!!!!
I don’t know, man. While I know the NCAA is an outstanding organization and ALWAYS does the right thing, this might be worth reviewing after you get finished punishing athletes for drinking water from a coach’s water fountain. The inhumanity, am I right?!.
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