Quite a lot of stupid to hit on this week, so let's get right into it...
The stupidest inconsistent officiating trend
Time for a stupid flashback to another stupid week. Specifically, Week 3, when we were highly critical of a ruling that cost Robert Griffin III a fumble and may have ultimately cost the Washington Redskins a game. Here's what we wrote:
Griffin was driving the Redskins down the field in the fourth quarter when he slid awkwardly after clearly giving himself up at the end of a first-down run. He fumbled and hadn't been touched, so the turnover was legit.
However, that rule has to be addressed. If a player has obviously given himself up, the play has to be considered dead. Defenders would have been penalized for hitting Griffin at the exact moment the ball came loose, which to me indicates there's something stupid about the ruling.
Emphasis added to the part about giving one's self up.
Now, back to the stupid present week. Thursday, New York Giants taking on the Chicago Bears. Giants receiver Rueben Randle makes a catch, goes down untouched, proceeds to spike the ball into the ground out of frustration, and the would-be fumble is recovered by Chicago.
But the Giants retained the ball because it was ruled that -- unbelievably -- Randle had GIVEN HIMSELF UP. Here's the rule that applies:
Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1 (e) states that “an official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended when a runner is out of bounds or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling and making no effort to advance.”
Griffin, like Randle, fell to the ground and made no effort to advance. That shouldn't have been ruled a fumble. Either both are fumbles, or both aren't fumbles. Let's be real here. This is stupidity.
The stupidest offside penalty
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to know that no coach in NFL history -- not even the unpredictable Chip Kelly -- would be stupid enough to go for it on fourth-and-one inside the red zone with an eight-point lead with three minutes to play. A field goal ends the game. You have to realize that, in this spot, it's a fairly obvious attempt to draw the defense offside.
The stupidest interception...ever?
Take it away, Brandon Weeden...
That took place with the Browns driving inside Detroit territory with less than five minutes to play in a one-score game. Oh, and it was on first down.
Weeden just threw such a careless interception it makes Brett Favre look conservative.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) October 13, 2013
The stupidest personal foul rampage
Gotta be more disciplined than this Vontaze Burfict...
Burfict has now been penalized six times this season. No other linebacker has drawn more than four flags. Epitome of stupid.
The stupidest fans
This has been the year of stupid and sloppy football I am getting rid of my Sunday Ticket every game has far too many off sides,lining up incorrectly,illegal motions,late hits,dropped passes and fumbles. I have never ever seen it this bad and that Brandon Weeden pick was one of the stupidest things I have ever seen I saw it live and it still blows my mind.
If I recall correctly Griffith was diving headfirst and so he still gets the yards to where he stops. Sliding feet first is giving yourself up because you get the ball where you start the slide. If he is getting the spot where he stops his dive he should be penalized if he drops the ball during it. How can you give yourself up when you are accruing yards?
You need a top ten for horrific calls and non calls by refs.When they decide they want a team to win the other team gets all the flags. I saw it in 3 games this weekend. If teams are sending films of refs ignoring calls on one team and calling it on another on a regular basis thay are fixing the game. The worst was the N.O. VS. PATS .Jimmy Graham was mugged at least 5 times and not 1 call . Pat's left tackle drags a defender to the ground twice with the ref there and you guessed it no flag.. I wonder how much a fixed game fetches these days. It is almost like watching wrestling.
There is a difference between the two fumbles that make the difference. RGIII was still attempting to advance the ball by diving forward. If he would've slid feet first, that is considered giving up. If you want to say going head first is giving yourself up, you no longer have any more diving for the endzone/first down. Because by rule, when giving yourself up, the ball is dead at the beginning of the action, not the end. In the Giants/Bears game, the runner gave himself up because he spiked the ball after he came to a complete stop. If while falling he would've spiked the ball in frustration, that is a fumble. That little difference makes the giant change.
I know that was classic I also love when lineman try to recover a fumble they all are told over and over to just fall on the ball and none of them do
@mstibich Except that Griffin thought he was giving himself up when he dove, untouched, head first. The point of the article is well made for consistent rulings in similar circumstances. But, these are not similar circumstances. Griffin is a quarterback and the NFL is full of special rules about quarterbacks. Sliding is a clear signal that the QB is giving himself up. Otherwise officials must guess. That's where the stupid comes from.
@Rudimiester Well it looks like the NFL needs a Special Guest Referee. Maybe Triple H, or Shawn Micheals. They couldn't do much worse. If you really want a fixed game, get the "OLD MAN", Vince McMahon. LOL
@Rudimiester Thank you! I thought I was the only one that noticed!