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Adventures in Officiating :)

I'll make it very clear for the record that I do think that the refs made the right call on the onside kick recovered by the Titans late in the third quarter. However, the process of their making that call was pretty funny.

It has always been weird for me to see the refs trying get to the bottom of the pile following a fumble, trying to see who has the ball while the two players still wrestle for the ball. Intuitively, it seems to be contrary to the rule, as it takes only an instant of being with the ball and on the ground (with opposing player in contact) for the play to be dead (possession, down by contact).

Pretty much the same thing happened yesterday after the Rob Bironas onside kick, when a Steeler and a Titan struggled for the ball.

The initial call by the refs was made very quickly. But the catch is - the two refs pointed simultaneously in opposing directions. 

 

They saw the inconsistency, got together for a short conference and changed their calls - both of them, pointing in the opposite directions again, but with the "roles" changed.

 

Utimately, of course, the right call was made, but the whole sequence was pretty funny.

(Sorry for the screenshots being of poor quality, but my wireless bandwidth right now is poor, and the device just can't get better resolution).

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