Miami Dolphins: Referee’s Call Ruins Dolfans Day, Discredits NFL

October 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL is quickly getting a reputation for not being able to control the game that has had almost no limits to its popularity.
Last week, the league responded to the violent nature of football by threatening future heavy fines and suspensions. Most players, coaches, analysts and fans agreed that the action taken by the league was a gross overreaction.
Then this past Sunday, the NFL's flaws were on display again. With the Miami Dolphins leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20 late in the fourth quarter, the officials ruled that Ben Roethlisberger had scored a touchdown on a designed quarterback draw.
Except that he hadn't.
Dolphins safety Chris Clemons had knocked the ball loose before Roethlisberger had crossed the plane of the end zone.  A scrum ensued, and Dolphins linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis emerged with the ball.
The replays clearly showed that Roethlisberger had not scored, and I remarked on the live blog at 3:49 PM that the referees bett...

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