NFL Says Sorry For Heinous Officiating

December 22nd, 2010

It seems the NFL has poured salt in the wounds of Bucs fans.

The honchos at the league apparently have admitted that zebras fleeced the Bucs when a touchdown was stripped from Kellen Winslow after an offensive pass interference call, so reports Rick Stroud of the St. Pete Times.

“They apologized,” said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. “We’ve had a number of those this year. It’s real discouraging. We’ve played some tight games, but you can’t have those kind of mistakes. It’s disappointing, obviously. 

“Now, it wasn’t the only play in the game, but it was a critical one at a critical time.”

Thanks guys. Thanks for having a crapass officiating crew that somehow didn’t catch the look in the photo above with the Lions’ defender completely ignoring the ball in the air. 

Really sickening stuff.

32 Responses to “NFL Says Sorry For Heinous Officiating”

  1. Chris Says:

    This image haunts my dreams.

  2. eric Says:

    Well at the conclusion of the Seahawks game the Bucs are going to be either 4-12 or 5-11 at home for the last two years.

    We gonna get an apology for that?

    “We must defend this house” is not the rallying cry of the Rah administration.


    I didn’t think it would, but the league’s acknowledgment of the mistake does actually make me feel somewhat better.

  4. Blackmagic00 Says:

    That play was the game changer. Still the injuries killed us. By my count we have had about three games lost do to zebras. If we make the playoffs it will be well earned. I love this team.


    eric, please fight me for X-mas…

  6. d-money Says:

    I don’t know which is worse. The NFL who always comes out later with their useless apolgies or the MLB who basically tells anyone who questions the Umps to F.O.

    This doesn’t really help anyone. It’s like a guy who keeps apologizing for beating his girlfriend. It doesn’t change the fact that she has a black eye and two missing teeth.

    She keeps taking him back but eventually he’s just going to flag her for pass interference in the endzone again and cause her to miss the playoffs.

  7. Patrick Says:

    Wow. These @$$hole refs come out 3 days after the game and admit that they made a mistake. The damage is done!! Doing this just pisses everyone off knowing that the game should not have gone the way it did.

  8. sunrisejeff Says:

    Yep this makes me even more pissed than I was at the stadium when I watched in disbelief that they called it. Thought for sure when the flag came out it was going against Lions.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    No F@@king $h!t !!! Ollie said “numerous times this year”. About 4 losses worth and 1’st round bye for the Falcons.

  10. eric Says:

    I can’t stop crying…………….

  11. Joke Says:

    Mistakes happen, it’s part of the game. I’m over it. Was over it on Monday.

    But this has piqued my interest. Olson was vague about it, saying “they apologized”. I’d like to know what the league said the _correct_ call would’ve been — no call? holding/pass interference on the defender? offsetting holding/PI calls?

    Based on the picture, it seems like both Winslow and the defender were holding (or maybe it’s PI if the ball was in the air). Does that mean the correct call would’ve been offsetting penalties (so then 3rd & 2 at the two)?

  12. bucfanjeff Says:

    @Joke – it has been said the correct call was a ‘no call’ and the play should have resulted in a TD.

  13. bucfanjeff Says:

    @Hire Greg Olsen, eric is a minor, you would go to jail. Not worth it for his immature, unintelligent posts. She’s not a Bucs fan. Hopefully she’ll start rooting for another team on another site.

  14. bucfanjeff Says:

    Maybe somebody can tweet Schefter or ESPN and ask why this news isn’t worthy – a game result altering blown call.

  15. Mark Says:

    Un-bleeping-believable. These refs are such a crock. We have lost 5 defensive starters…I don’t expect our defense to play reliably well. But when the refs maim our offense with ridiculous penalties it just makes it impossible to win.

  16. Al Says:

    The funny thing is that Lions fans are saying the defender could not turn around because Winslow was holding him so bad. I think it was a crap call, and now the league seems to agree. Too little, too late.

  17. tha truth is... Says:

    sorry aint shiznit. From tha refs 2 tha ROTW voting, tha league has it out 4 us

  18. Will the Beast Says:

    Hey Eric the Blue oyster called you left your pumps and a blond wig in the alternative restroom. They also want to know if your tailend is still bleeding and if you were able to locate the gerbil in your colonoscopy they need liberachy the gerbil back

  19. eric Says:

    You sank my battleship!

    Don’t worry, mommy will fix the boo boo the nasty ole Lions put on the bucs………………….

    Don’t worry, Rah is winning home games at a fabulous 25% rate. Can’t figure why folks don’t wanna attend.

  20. Posey99 Says:

    This actually for some reason makes me feel a little better. They made a mistake and they are being accountable for it. They make all the players accountable for their actions so why not the refs, glad the admitted it.

    Another another note. Why do we have old ass refs? I know experience is helpful but why not have a combine for refs? Test their reaction times, their vision, etc. I know that most are sharper at a younger age. I’ve always been curious as to what type of evaluations were done and if they were done annually. Hmm

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ref combine makes perfect sense. Good Call. You’re hired!

  22. pcolabucsfan Says:

    Hey eric, did your mom have any kids that lived ?

  23. Horice Says:

    Well Stevie Wonder finally showed up and got the call right..sigh! What good is that now? Do these guys get half a paycheck? Because they only did half the job Sunday. If some of us “normal people” would screw up like that in the work place, we’d be in the unemployment line quick. But the live to Screw Up another day!

  24. Phil a '76 Buc Says:

    One solution is to amend the replay rules to allow a challenge of an officials call when it is obviously incorrect. The review must be performed at the league headquarters, similar to how hockey reviews a disputed goal, by taking the review out of the hands of the crew that blew it in the first place.

  25. Buc You Says:

    who cares, in baseball umps making bad calls is part of the game. Stop ur bitch in

  26. Posey99 Says:

    BigMacAttack Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm
    Ref combine makes perfect sense. Good Call. You’re hired!

    I understand the point that people say it’s part of the sport and refs make good calls and they make bad calls, but this is the worlds best athletes which should warrant the worlds best officiating. Tell me how a 60 year old man with poor conditioning, poor vision and a 60 year old brain is able to Keep up with the speed of the game and visually process a call accurately, anyone?

  27. Rican Says:

    Sickening, there has to be a solution to this. I guarantee one of those letters was also about the wrong call on the grimes or brimes whatever his name is interception that hit the ground in the atl game. Maybe giving the W to the deserving team? or an over ruling of the ruling lol

  28. Pete 422 Says:

    Yeah, so the officiating cost us a potential playoff spot, GREAT!

  29. Pruritis Ani Says:

    The apology doesn’t make me feel better… It’s like someone running over your dog and killing it, then saying they’re sorry. The sentiment is appreciated, but the wound is permanent.

  30. oar Says:

    Vick never apologized for killing a dog! Let alone the actual handful, he did kill!

  31. mikeck Says:

    Well, the refs didnt give up a game tying drive and a game winning drive consecutively in this last game and one in teh Redskins game. Calls come and go but bad defense leaves a lasting taste in your mouth. Had the defense executed on that final drive, the TD wouldnt matter….and that is on the Bucs….

  32. flmike Says:

    @mikeck; A fieldgoal from 28 yds out w/9 secs left is a lot easier than a TD from 28 yds out w/9 secs left. Bottom line, that call cost us the game, and probably a playoff spot. The league needs to make these officials publicly accountable, the same way they make the players publicly accountable. Then maybe they will start to make the proper call. IMO, this has all come about with the advent of replay, the refs count on the teams to challenge calls instead of making the correct one.