Posted by: mrpeatie | September 11, 2009

Tigers Come Up Short…Again

clemson-tigers-paw-logoWatching the Clemson Tigers fall behind 21-0 in the first quarter on national TV in such a spectacularly pathetic manner was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve witnessed in sports. To then watch them regain their composure on the road against a top-25 ranked team and not only make a game out of it, but actually take the lead in the 4th quarter, was incredibly impressive and a welcome change from the Tommy Bowden era where they would have continued their ineptitude for the duration of the game.

Then it happened. The same thing that seems to happen in every close game Clemson plays in. Some random bounce or phantom penalty goes against Clemson and it leads to another heartbreaking loss. In this case, it was a holding penalty on a play that literally decided the outcome of the game. I never played football and don’t claim to know the rules inside and out. This holding penalty negated a first down catch that would have put Clemson well within field goal range for a game winning kick. Instead, the Tigers were forced to punt and eventually lost. The replay showed two linemen blocking each other using their hands with the Clemson player eventually blocking the GT lineman to the ground. If what the replay showed is holding, fine, than that is holing. But what the replay showed happens on EVERY SINGLE PLAY in football and it should be called the same way every single time, not just when it decides the outcome of an otherwise entertaining game.

Update :: Turns out I’m not some crazy, whining fan. Several of the refs for this game were suspended after missing several illegal substitutions and calling questionable holding penalties. ACC Officiating Supervisor, Doug Rhoads, actually called Clemson coach Dabo Swinney to apologize for the poor performance of the referees.

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