Ok. I’ve never been one to hate on officials constantly. Sure, there are a few times where it boggles my mind that they miss calls, but overall, it’s one of the worst jobs to have in America. Think about it. When was the last time you heard the commentators go, “man this was a well officiated game”. Or have you ever heard a fan, in the heat of victory, go “amazing officiating there!”
No. All you hear is “what a terrible call.” “I want to kill this official!” You get the point. Now, last night was one of the rare times where I was hating on the officials. I’m referring to the final game tying shot that Kevin Durant took. The Thunder inbounded it to him quickly, and caught Lebron off guard. Problem is, I think they also caught the officials off guard. From the live view, I didn’t see much. However, when you look at the sideline angle, the angle where the officials were at, the call is obvious.
Not A Foul?
Whenever I think of missed calls, the first play that comes to mind is the 2002 NFC Wild Card Game. The Giants were up huge on the road, before the 49ers made an epic 4th quarter comeback. They took the lead, but the Giants still had a chance to tie it up. The Giants botch the snap for the second time that game, and rather then throw the ball away to set up one more go at it, the holder scrambles and throws up a prayer. Check out what happens next.
2002 NFC Wild Card
The next tow might top all of these, because you don’t need to be a ref to get these calls right. All you need is a pair of decent working eyes. The first clip comes from Toledo and Syracuse this past year. Syracuse scores a go ahead touchdown, and the PAT seems to go as normal. Both teams jog off the field, but the officials take a second look at the kick. Well…you make the call.
Seriously how did they call this good?
Lastly, we have umpire Tim Welke. A lot of people probablyt already know what I’m talking about, but in case you don’t, here we go. Earlier this year, when the Rockies were taking on the Dodgers, there was a routine ground ball. The runner was picked off at first, and everything looked normal. But watch the replay. No spoilers, just enjoy.
Hope you enjoyed our look back at the worst calls in officiating history! If we missed any, let us know in the comments!