Horrendous Officiating Made Its Mark

December 11th, 2022

Make no mistake, Joe knows the Bucs are a bad football team, but the referee calls were going against the Bucs in a huge and impactful way.

Here’s a few examples, just from the first half:

*See San Francisco’s opening play of the game. Neal doesn’t lower his head. You be the judge in the video below.

*Brady gets slapped in the back of the head — long arm direct hit — and there’s no flag thrown.

*Replays showed Chris Godwin was clearly interfered with at the goal lone on a 3rd-and-short pass in the red zone. Tom Brady screamed at the officials. The Bucs failed on 4th-and-goal.

*With the Bucs trailing 21-0, Carlton Davis was called for defensive holding at the line of scrimmage on a receiver who simply fell down. That wiped out an Anthony Nelson interception near the Bucs’ 35 yard line. On the next play, an ugly non-call of holding against Anthony Nelson saw referees ignore the San Francisco tackle pull a giant fistful of Nelson’s jersey — to the point it looked like it was stretching to the point of ripping; they play resulted in a 49ers deep-throw touchdown.

*San Francisco was called for 1 penalty to 5 for the Bucs. C’mon.


135 Responses to “Horrendous Officiating Made Its Mark”

  1. Buck Rodgers Says:

    Take Brady out!

  2. Mike Johnson Says:

    Officiating? You kiddin me? Even my 75 yr old dad sitting here with me says, he did not even get this kind of beatdown in the woodshed by his dad when he was young. .San Fran is just the superior team..period. This is truly embarrassing.

  3. Show Me the TDs Says:

    So what.

  4. BucU Says:

    Just a disgusting pathetic organization.

  5. firethecannons Says:

    this has nothing to do with the bad coaching and 3 picks from Brady

  6. SKBucsFan Says:

    Yep. Calls seem to be going against the Bucs. And that has a deflating effect. It’s hard to beat the opposing team and rhe fears! I won’t blame them for the beating. But they do cause a lot of grief when they shouldn’t.

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    When you’re 8-4 you get the calls. 6-6 not so much

  8. DungyDance Says:

    Agree, but this team is more bad than the officiating is.

  9. SKBucsFan Says:

    …and beat the refs

  10. I’m not tired anymore we just won the Super Bowl!! Says:

    They wanted the narrative to be this. Refs called the game. Fire Bowles for agreeing to this crap.

  11. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Yeah we’re getting hosed, but at the same time… Whatever. My favorite player, Mike Evans, seems checked out. Tom not playing well. Would be surprised if it’s 50 something to 3 the final score. This is a pathetic display today

  12. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Tom Brady making bad throws.

    The defense getting whiffed by a rookie quarterback picked in the 7th round.

    Byron Suckwich is clueless for the offense.

    Todd Bowles showing he doesn’t care on the sidelines.

    The Bucs deserves to be shut out.


    And …..what a crying shame about this Bucs team….they are a shell of themselves this season compared to the last two years.

  13. Natron Says:

    Tom might want to go home with his parents after this one

  14. LVMYBUCS Says:

    They switched the game lol lol Bowles Lefty u guys suck these players don’t want to play for u.

  15. Erik Hesson | Fine Artist | Founder of UniqueModernArt.com Says:





  16. Tucker Says:

    They just pulled the broadcast doesnt get more embarrassing than that wow

  17. DoooshLaRue Says:

    At least Durable Dependable Donnie’s TD killing penalty was for real.

    Like I’ve been saying….. this guy is the REAL deal and we’re just lucky to him.

  18. Erik Hesson | Fine Artist | Founder of UniqueModernArt.com Says:

    If Brady stays in the game from here on out, everyone should be fired!!!! STARTING WITH BOWLES & LEFTWICH

  19. DungyDance Says:

    NBC probably should flex out of our game Christmas night. Don’t want to stay up for it anyway.

  20. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Bad Calls are not enough to overcome a poorly coached team Joe.

  21. IE Buc Says:

    Most of the calls were bs. I thought the Neal call was correct. Lead with his helmet and lowered his face mak into Purdy’s helmet/head. Could have easily wrapped him up without using his face mask.

  22. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I agree

    This game is already over.

    Just rest all the starters and let the backups play

  23. DungyDance Says:

    Poorly coached doesn’t begin to describe this. Un-coached seems more accurate.

  24. Kansas95Bucs Says:

    They just yeeted us off tv…..wtf bro?!?!?!

  25. ChiBuc Says:

    Joe, shouldn’t you be working on your Brady excuses? You know, keep it fresh. A new take blaming the line because Tommy should not be expected to take a step fwd in the pocket, or how Dline lmen are looking at Tommy, so he floats passes…I know, BL did it, so Tommy can’t see the open receiver. Maybe WR separation is why he overthrow, or he’s throwing open receivers by pitching in the dirt. Whatever the reason for all of these offensive failures, it is obviously not the starting QB.

  26. TexasBucsFan Says:

    Just wondering what number 45 is going to say after the blowout loss?? He predicted no more losses this year..

  27. MadMax Says:

    until bowels and bl are gone, im done!! Not even researching draft picks….screw this coach and Licht and Glazers for allowing this!!!

  28. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    And get!!!!!


    Off the damn field……he is so damn awful…..he can’t tackle….he can’t shed blocks…..this dude is straight trash!!!

  29. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Break out the lawn chairs! Already

  30. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Heyyyyyyyyy……. Donovan Smith got another penalty…….GOOD JOB starting left tackle!!!

  31. Bobby Says:

    Wouldn’t it be even worse if Panthers somehow win the division and Bucs miss playoffs. That would truly show how bad stubborn Bowles and Stubborn Leftwich, who decided to mess with and dramatically change a fantastic offense over from past 2 seasons. They should both be fired and not get another consideration again as a HC candidates. Nor should they, Arians gave you a championship team and these 2 guys pissed it away cause they naively thought there way was better than Bruce’s.

  32. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I’d say Brady being outperformed by a 7th round rookie is the more concerning part

  33. Nater Says:

    Horrendous quarterback play and play calling made its mark. And let’s not forget about our dear friend Donovan Smith.

  34. Bucs14 Says:

    WAAAAAAAH! WAAAAAAAAAH! Joe quit crying. You are acting like Shady Brady.

  35. Bobby Says:

    What is Russel Gage smiling about!?? Your team is getting whooped!

  36. T REX Says:

    Ref blaming is lame and weak

    Win or get out of the way

    Bunch of losers starting with Jason Lite…Lite is garbage

  37. Jackson Lini Says:

    Even if the referees were overtly favoring Tampa, it would not make one iota of difference. Tampa is a bad team. They aren’t beating anyone even if they make the playoffs. No way in hell Tom Brady comes back to this team. If the Glazers had one bit of integrity and some cojones, Leftwich would be fired immediately after this game with Bowles given the rest of the year to prove he deserves to come back!

  38. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    @ Tbbucs3

    No it’s not……..media hype

    You acting like Brady plays all the offensive and defensive positions.

    This team is losing games because they are poorly coached….and not because of Brady.

  39. MadMax Says:

    Gage is like, man I made so many millions off this ride and didnt even play much….there you go.

  40. Bangkok Bucs Fan Says:


    Feels like it’s about time to start the mock draft stories. Sure have many holes to fill on this team

  41. 1Gr8Buc Says:

    You Brady nut huggers are something else. Guess it’s hard to watch the game when……. Nevermind I will keep it PG.

  42. Destinjohnny Says:

    It’s hard to compete when u have the worst offensive line talent in the NFL.
    Then you blow your last 2 high defensive line draft picks
    It’s a blue print to make your team look bad

  43. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Stop Joe. We’re getting our collective asses kicked by a much better football team. Excuses about the refs are for losers.

  44. Dan Says:

    We’re not playing well but this officiating is horrendously one sided. Where is any accountability with the NFL on bad officiating??

    Neal gets called for roughing on a textbook tackle but Brady gets chocked out by Shaair and there’s no flag. Joke!

  45. BFFL Says:


  46. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Regardless of who’s fault it is, which is such a complicated question in football, Brady has not played well at all this season. He’s the quarterback of a bottom 5 offense in the NFlL

    And for you to blame the defense for this season is utter nonsense. Up until this game the Bucs defense was allowing 18.1 points per game which is top 5 in the league.

    Quit blaming everyone but a 45 year old QB who’s missing throws left and right

  47. NEfan Says:

    TTSUCS, what’s more concerning is how Shanahan played with Toilet Bowels and Leftnut. I would say Purdy embarrassed our TOP 5 D.

  48. Erick Says:

    What about the hold on Donovan Smith on the Evans long TD? Guy needs to be off the field.

    Blaming the refs is a losers mentality. Good teams overcome bad calls and the Bucs clearly aren’t good.

  49. Deeez NATZ Says:

    I agree with most sane people here,Brady is toast.

  50. mg Says:

    TB-12 is the least of the problems. And after this season you folks won’t have him to blame. Time for Trask to play with no line and short arm Mike.

  51. HC Grover Says:

    Ya mean this was the refs fault? Gee I thought it was the coaching.

  52. Yucs2Bucsr Says:

    JOE YOU ARE REACHING!! They are horrible and we are stuck with these coaches, players, and GM for another 4 years. We need to take after the English fans and boycott the Glazers until they sell !! Feel horrible for Whirfs, Otton, and other youngsters who now represent the lost years

  53. Crickett Baker Says:

    Smith needs to be benched. No excuses. The refs calls were indeed awful. I TOLD you guys Purdy was a beast, and no one said a word, as far as I saw.

  54. EA Says:

    Joe please, officiating has been spit, but as they say officials never control the outcome of the game.
    Brady is sitting there trying to yell and motivate the players and Bowels stands there like he shat his pants.
    Bucs have played one good game this season, that was the opener against the cowboys, they have been crap most games from there on out.
    Fire Bowels and promote one the coaches within, the one can light a fire under their arses.
    This team doesn’t look like they wanna be out there to fight.

  55. Bucs14 Says:

    Greatest of All Time my ass. Shady won one here in Tampa, but it wasn’t like the NFL didn’t rig calls to get him there. Sorry Bucs fans, I have no respect for the guy and will not follow this team as long as he is on it. He and Belicheat up in NE made a career of cheating…..Spygate, Inflatigate, Radiogate, etc. The NFL loved themselves some Shady Brady because he was their Great White Hope in an NFL that saw emerging black QBs. Brady can vaccum my Dick.

  56. NEfan Says:

    TTSUCS, 18.1 points to bottom tier offenses. That’s quite the achievement. Oh and 32nd (DEAD LAST) in rushing. I guess that’s on Brady to. Blo!!!

  57. BucsFan81 Says:

    How many people get fired if this team does not make the playoffs?

  58. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “TB-12 is the least of our problems

    Well he’s 45, looks old and slow, noticable decline in arm strength, missing throws left and right, 2 horrid interceptions today and currently runs a bottom 5 offense. But yeah “not a problem”

  59. mg Says:

    TB-12 has made the owners enough unexpected cash, they don’t give a flying fluck about winning.

  60. HC Grover Says:

    A dunk at last now to get drunk.

  61. Mike Johnson Says:

    bucs suck so bad..even Fox sports has cut away in the 4th and giving us another game. Can’t blame them.

  62. SOEbuc Says:

    Almost as bad as Joe going to a penalty excuses article.

  63. mg Says:

    TB-12 won’t be a problem next year.

  64. shak Says:

    offense doing what it does, amazing when it doesn’t matter.

  65. Tucker Says:

    Another underthrow

  66. Rick Says:

    Brady. Can’t. Throw. Deep!

    See Drew Brees two years ago!

  67. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Almost as bad as Joe going to a penalty excuses article.”


  68. cmurda Says:

    Oh its not done. Did you just see that laughable hold on Godwin? That has happened all freaking game and not once has that been called against the 9ers. The NFL is losing it’s luster now that it is so obviously fixed.

  69. NEfan Says:

    I will say one thing Donovan Smith may have changed the dynamic of this entire game. 7-7 gives Purdy something to think about.

  70. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Can we can Bowles now?! Leave that clown in California and gtfo

  71. Tucker Says:

    Why haven’t they just benched Brady already

  72. I’m not tired anymore we just won the Super Bowl!! Says:

    Fire bowels!!

  73. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Jesus, are you guys actually still watching this garbage. I turned this crap off awhile back. I’m painting my garage, I have the first coat done already. Any bets on what Joe Burrow is going to do to us next week, this team has given up, thank you Glasers.

  74. Swanee Says:

    Take Brady out! How dumb is this Bowles. Really really dumb!

  75. #99 Says:

    I will not watch another game or go to one if Byron is not fired tomorrow..

  76. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    “Brady steps into it and throws no where” The quote of the game.

  77. Redeemer Says:

    They were going to get pounded either way. SF is a superior team. They are what they are. A bad football team. Poorly coached, poor execution. Where’s their heat?

  78. Tucker Says:

    Even the announcers are talking about benching starters lol wow

  79. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Brady will definitely leave this dumpster fire 🔥 of a team when the season is over….

  80. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    That’s what you get with a poorly coached team……NO ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!!!!

  81. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    Fournette shouldn’t be out there. Neither should Brady. Bring in the backups. Can we see that Thompkis kid catch a few passes?

  82. MerryPlankster777 Says:

    Ummm. Well… Its like waking up every day. Stay happy

  83. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Officials may have screwed up, but the Bucs did too.

  84. Tucker Says:

    49ers have their backups in lol wow

  85. Tucker Says:

    Backups are going to score lmao

  86. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Bucs are in quit mode now……they just wanna go home now without getting hurt.

  87. alton d green Says:

    bad officiating? that’s hilarious. I turned it off at 21-0. Normally I wouldn’t thro in the towel. This game was officially over when the TD was called back because of Tubby Smith. He cost us a td last week and this week. Can’t this bum block ANYBODY without holding. Normally I would STILL have faith that Tom would get us deep into the playoffs. But not with Dumb and Dumber coaches. We can’t block, run the ball, catch a pass etc etc etc. As a career Brady fan, it’s incredably hard to watch him look so bad based on the coaches. I’m not a rookie. I’ve been watching for 6 decades. If we win the NFC South, I will be shocked. If we won one game, I will admit Biden got 80 million votes. That would be like taking the “mark of the Beast”

  88. Ufc Says:

    Tom brady sucks. Byron sucks. Todd sucks. Mike Evans sucks
    The entire secondary sucks. This team is absolutely a dumpster fire. We don’t do anything well. Yet all I hear is. Well we got Tom brady. We suck. We can’t ficking score in a league designed to score. We don’t tackle well. We don’t cover well. Wtf do we do well besides fcking make backups look like joe Montana? I’m pissed off we wasted this entire year

  89. Tucker Says:

    Do we see some trask now

  90. Tucker Says:

    Gutless bowels

  91. Bosch Says:

    Panthers are going to win the division. Bucs will finish 6-11. . UNLESS Bowel movement and Leftdick are fired before they get off the plane!

  92. MerryPlankster777 Says:

    Is the game still on.. picked up by the …

  93. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Ha ha ha ha OMG

    This hilarious!

    Just awful

  94. alton d green Says:

    mg says; you’re 100% right. Tom will not be a problem next year. He won’t be with the Bucs. I guarantee it!!!!!!!

  95. Tucker Says:

    Bowels is such a coward

  96. Darin Says:

    Leftwich says they’re winning games. All is well

  97. ElioT Says:

    Devin White can **** a ****!

    Crap for brains.

  98. Tyler904 Says:

    Oh whatever. Yeah the refs suck but this is 10000% on the coaching staff

    Legit who wants to split the cost of a billboard? Let’s get the entire coaching staff fired

  99. Jeffs Dad Says:

    Yeah thats not why they got curb stomped,why is cuz this team has no balls after neals flag and the worst LT in footballs holding call his team disappeared just like its leadership did when BA left

  100. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    The team is in quit mode…..they don’t care

  101. BomTrady Says:

    Agree completely, officiating was clearly biased and horrendous, but the Bucs are outclassed by the 49ers talent and coaching.

  102. ElioT Says:

    Josh Johnson taking snaps in a beat down.

    New Low, all time new low.

  103. MerryPlankster777 Says:

    Dont know s from Shiano formation.
    Yes, I’m bitter, its what we live 4 though. Feel the energy. Let hope Todd just surrenders, says the announcers! (not even kidding)

    And that says its All. No ALL!

  104. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    Since Bruce Arians left……..there is ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY

  105. DoooshLaRue Says:

    NEfan Says:
    December 11th, 2022 at 7:10 pm
    I will say one thing Donovan Smith may have changed the dynamic of this entire game. 7-7 gives Purdy something to think about

    It’s akin to the JayMiss effect a few years ago.
    You know, the early pick-6 that deflates the team immediately and then we proceed to get our asses handed to us.

    Just remember though, we’re lucky to have him at 1million dollars per game.

  106. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Oh crap!

    That dude is still in the league?????

  107. Ig Says:

    Piece of crap

  108. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Didn’t he play for bucs like 10 years ago???

  109. HC Grover Says:

    A mercy killin

  110. Tucker Says:

    Cant wait for the press conferences after this gem. Hope Joe goes off on the podcast

  111. TheBucsAnthem Says:


  112. Frank Pillow Says:

    and none of it matters. We were out coached, out played, and out hustled before we ever took the field. We’re a team fully of guys who got paid and have no ‘dogs’ on the roster. None. Our HC makes imbecilic decisions regularly. They haven’t been ready to play all year long. Fire Todd and blow it up

  113. ClwJB Says:

    It didn’t matter at the end of the day, they destroyed us. The called off the dogs at 35-7 and we still could not score

    How is this team going to be the Bengals? They are not

    6-8 is next up

  114. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Heyyyyy…..where is Tom Brady congratulating everyone on the field?????

  115. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    The Bucs won’t beat the Bengals

  116. Boltsfan17 Says:

    Of course the officiating was piss poor but that’s waaaay down on the blame list. This team is straight trash.

  117. Kentucky Buc Says:

    NEfan is right. That early TD getting called back changed the game. With that said, the Bucs have some mentally fragile players and Coaches.

  118. Infomeplease Says:

    This game may have been the worst one sided officiating this year. There have been a couple other bad ones too. Like the one in which TB12 was getting clobbered and had blood coming out of mouth. But no calls!! I thought they would reverse the td too!!

    And not just the refs… the FOX TV commentators only pointed out one bad call only as an after thought! And they were promoting the k of the td too. Clearly no clear view of him with possession and knee diwn at the same time, which would be needed to reverse the refs call of a td.

  119. Coburn Says:

    I thought Neal did dip his helmet a little too much there. Gotta be a little smarter than that but yeah it’s tough

  120. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    bucs are a total circle jerk shet show.
    very hard to watch

  121. Iamabuc Says:

    This whole season has been like a Lovie deja Vu….smfdh

  122. Miller5252 Says:

    Don’t forget the choke on Brady and the hit on Godwin that was picked up.

    Bucs are bad, but they got hosed all day!

  123. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Bucs14 Says:
    “The NFL loved themselves some Shady Brady because he was their Great White Hope in an NFL that saw emerging black QBs.”

    Now we know what your problem is.

  124. 2022 return of the goat Says:

    WTF Dead Man walking pleasures need to wake up it’s always 5:00 somewhere but they need to clear the decks or sell a team

  125. 2022 return of the goat Says:

    Glazers not pleasure on my cell

  126. Buczilla Says:

    Of course the officiating was bad and always has been. A four year old who’s never watched an nfl game could determine what a catch is, but the competition committee still can’t figure it out. These aren’t stupid people, so I am left to conclude that it’s left ambiguous for nefarious purposes. Our coaches suck and the players have tuned out. That’s why we lost.

  127. douglas dallier Says:

    See everyone next season!!!!!

  128. gp Says:

    John Lynch learned from his time with the Bucs…
    It’s worth it!

  129. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    The Niners could have won the game by 42 if they wanted. Stop blaming the refs. We suck. The coaches suck and Brady is 45 years old. Let that really sink in. He’s 45 years old.
    Tommy, it’s been a great career. “LET’S GO” – to the broadcasting booth. It’s time.

  130. Bucs Guy Says:

    Don’t forget the 9ers center tackled the Bucs DT on Perdy’s touchdown run. Also thought Donovan’s holding call was questionable on the Evans TD.

  131. NEfan Says:

    Ya but ufc, how do you really feel?

  132. Ed Says:

    Bucs organization is a mess. Unqualified head coach and offensive coordinator that keep doing the same thing every week and never get this team to play up to its potential. They have no backbone to bench loading players.

    They refuse to run any surprises on offense and the players don’t play hard enough to win in the very competitive NFL.

    Tom Brady clearly has lost his cool and isn’t throwing a good deep ball anymore.

    Time to look at new coaching hires and the next quarterback for 2023. They have to have coaches that can develop young players.

    Jalen Hurts looked terrible last year but with good coaching he’s probably an MVP. Rewind 3 years back. Josh Allen and Buffalo were not competitive but not now. Jets benched Wilson and Mike White proves he belongs in the NFL.

    The Bucs organization has to rebuild a culture of professionalism and accountability. The Bowles/Leftwich duo has been a complete failure and Tampa Bay Buccaneer supporters need ownership to be accountable to the base and replace their ineptitude with a staff that works harder and is committed to winning.

  133. Rod Munch Says:

    After that completely BS Davis holding call when the WR falls down, I just turned off the game, there was literally no point in continuing to watch since the refs were ensuring the outcome — not that the two idiots running this team needed any help in losing.

  134. GumboIsForWinner Says:

    Unless the refs are specifically targeting the Bucs instead of just being generally bad, better to get this out of the way in a game where we were losing by 15+ points no matter what the refs did.

  135. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Bunch of fake bandwagon Bucs fans on here ! Y’all should be ashamed of yourselves for not standing by your team. Crybabies. Go root for the 49ers cuz everyone is saying that we have the worst fan base in the NFL. Go Bucs