Monday Bitch: Daniel Snyder

Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Shane Mathews, Patrick Ramsey, Danny Wuerfell, LegendTim Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Tod Collins, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, John Beck, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy, Kirk Cousins… What does everyone on this needlessly long list of names have in common?  They have started at the Quarterback position under the ownership of this knucklehead.  While it’s no Cleveland Browns situation, the list shows the complete instability of the third highest revenue generating NFL franchise.  The Redskins are one of the great NFL franchises but have been 125-162-1 and been to the playoffs only 5 times with 2 playoffs wins in the last 18 years.

So, what is the issue?  First, this micromanaging psychopath can’t let anyone do their jobs.  Ex-general managers and coaches alike have reported in confidence that the relinquishing of the reigns in public is completely for show.  This even extends to winning coaches that ignore his “advice”.  This action generally leads to break downs in communication and a hostile relationship. Washington Post Writer Sally Jenkins reports that Snyder often uses the tactic of suggesting a free agent to play the expensive live version of fantasy football he inflicts on the Washington faithful.  If a coach doesn’t submit to this grown-up adaptation of bullying they’re often forced out soon after.  Wait did Tuck Sauce just quote a source?  F*** yea I did!  Actual journalism going on at SBDS!  Anyone I digress from my tirade targeted at the bane of my existence.  Like bro, if Albert Haynesworth was completely my damn idea, I might take a break from berating my GMs.

Let’s talk about the final piece of this calamity; the fan experience.  You would think that the Redskins would be able to provide a decent fan experience since they can’t put a product onto the field.  But they don’t.  I haven’t been to every stadium in the NFL circuit but the games I’ve seen at Heinz Field, Bank of America, M&T Bank, and Lambeau are infinitely better than what I’ve had to experience at FedEx.  Now look, if you spend the money and get a club seat or a box seat it is a great experience inside.  However, FedEx is on the end of a metro line and that stop is a mile away from the stadium.  Additionally, if FedEx Fieldyou decide to drive; traffic is an absolute shambles.  Oh, and once you’re there, this douche nugget charges in certain areas for people to tailgate to drive them under the Bud light tent so you have the privilege of purchasing $14 dollar pints.  And don’t get me started on the cave.  Here’s a picture of an actual seat in FedEx from the cave that I took.  My seats were only 3 over from this disgrace.  Like da fuq?

Daniel Snyder is a typical example of a billionaire that treats his investment better than a drunken Bostonian treats his red headed step child.  Both passive aggressively criticizing and damaging self confidence in any way possible, and then cashing the kid’s paycheck he got from bagging groceries so he can buy another 40 of OE or whatever the hell they drink north of the Mason Dixon Line.  Was that a run-on sentence?  Damn I guess the illusion of actual semi-journalism is completely shattered.  But that’s how angry this dude makes me.

PS. Can you just sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal so we don’t have to start Brian Kirk CousinsHoyer in 2018? K, thanks!

Look, at the end of the day the dude has some massive cash and is making a lot of money, so you’d figure he’s not a complete and total idiot.  And it is technically his team.  However, braj if we stop buying jerseys and going to games because we get treated like a rock you’re trying to squeeze blood out of, that money is going dry up.  Damn, who am I kidding… is it football season yet?

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Burying Hambino

I am only writing this article because Hambino bitched and moaned about me burying his mock draft post with something entertaining.  And because of that I decided to bury it with another article.  So, suck it.

While we’re at it Hambino continually calls me a glory hunter and how much better my life is as a sports fan is than his.  But let’s face it.  I would rather win championships than be a better team most years.  Who the hell cares if the last five years the Redskins have been better than the Buccaneers.  I can’t remember a Redskins Super Bowl yet he can remember a Bucs.  We’ve agreed on this point many times but for some reason he continually ignores it because the fact doesn’t validate his argument.  Typical Hambino with his alternative facts.  Let’s lay it out on the line here.  He may not be a die-hard just how I am not for some of these teams but here it is on the line.

He’s a Swansea fan, which granted sucks.  Being a Chelsea fan is fantastic compared to that joke of a club.  We’ve already covered the football route so he wins there.  Baseball he’s at least got to see the Rays go to a series while my Orioles can’t seem to make it past the ALDS.  Same argument holds up in Basketball.  The Wizards are finally good enough to run right into Lebron James at the height of his game while he’s seen his Magic get to a final.  Oh, and don’t get me started on my ever-disappointing heartbreak that is the Washington Capitals.

In summation, Hambino stop your bitching about how I am such a glory hunter.  I would rather watch anxiety free a terrible team with no chance punctuated by Championships than this continual mediocrity and heartbreak that is my sporting life.  At least we can both agree on the Noles and USMNT.  

Event Organizers Need a Wake Up Call

The world sits with baited breath waiting for the most expensive Winter imageOlympics to commence in just a few days. In true Olympic spirit, the world’s countries have put aside war, famine and genocide to come together and celebrate expression threw sport. Not all is well in Sochi though, and many world officials stand on notice. While no event will ever be completely void of their terrorism threats, the question still begs to be asked. Why locate a high profile event only 250 miles away from one of the most active terrorism zones in the world? To be fair the Olympic Committee has done an excellent job in previous years finding friendlier venues then their FIFA counterparts. Additionally, the biggest attack on the modern Olympics occurred here on US soil. But still why do Organizers tempt fate?

imageLet’s take a step back and look at another bone headed decision made by a different organization that is risky in its own way. The NFL has broke its tradition of hosting Super Bowls in either warm or domb climates this February and instead will host its annual event in New York City. New York City is an amazing place, but not in February. This decision leads me to believe that the Super Bowl organizers have never been to the Big Apple during the winter. It’s cold and miserable. While I certainly don’t want anyone’s Super Bowl experience to be ruined, it is going to take an epic collapse to prevent such a stupid decision from ever being made again. And no I am not even talking about the quality of the game, which will be almost ruined if a blizzard hits. The concern should be is if a blizzard hits a day or 2 before the game and the airports shut down, forcing 100s of people to miss a game they’ve spent 1000s of dollars on. Or that public transport is shut down because of a storm during the game, stranding 1000s of people in New Jersey. Apparently no one thought of that though. The only more preposterous organizational decision is Budlights’s current marketing ploy. NO ONE WANTS TO SPEND FEBRUARY IN NEW YORK ON A CRUISE SHIP.

The NFL is made to look like geniuses by the mind boggling decision by the NHL to play an outdoor hockey game in LA. While the event lacks the transportation concerns that the Super Bowl faces, the NHL does seem to have overlooked one big crucial factor. People move to LA because it is warm and water at those temperatures no longer bothers itself to remain in its solid form. I was at the Pittsburg Winter Classic when it was 50 and rainy and they barely got that one off. The delay cost observers (ourselves included) 100s of additional dollars on expensive hotel rooms. That wasn’t a good enough lesson for the NHL though and hey maybe next year we can get one in Phoenix or Miami.

Both of the previous examples pale in comparison to the recent decisions made world-cup-arena-brazil-brasil-stadium-new-2014-fifajpg-83ffc9ff9a027a3a_largeby FIFA and its subsidiaries. The last World Cup was hosted in South Africa in order to help promote the game across the planet. While South Africa is a beautiful country and is home to many outstanding people, FIFA definitely took a risk. South Africa holds the title to the highest murder rate per capita then any Westernized nation. Luckily for FIFA, the native population saw the World Cup as a godsend and tried to show the world how amazing their country was. FIFA will not have the same luxury this year. Many residents of the greatest soccer country in the world have realized the toll that these large events put on its people. Local soccer matches, as well as last years Confederation Cup, have been protested against across Brazil. Many of these protests have unfortunately turned violent. I am willing to forgive FIFA though, since when the World Cup was announced in Brazil many celebrated the fact. Their next decision was just dumb though.

Fifa-World-Cup-2014-BrazilWhile all the events in this article so far will take place in the next six months, the event that confuses me the most will take place in 2022. FIFA has decided to host a World Cup in the Middle East, which I really don’t have an issue with. There are 2 things though that leave me vigorously shaking my head. The selection of Qatar as a location for the World’s most prestigious football tournament was due to one factor. It wasn’t growing the game. If that was the case Iran or Saudi Arabia, the countries with better footballing traditions, would’ve been selected. In fact, Qatar’s footballing traditions are almost completely non existent. No, this was done because of the money that Qatar threw around. And they threw around a lot. They even convinced the world they would be able to construct these massive stadiums that could be air conditioned to a point that would make the 120 degree external temperature tolerable for the players. Well they have now failed, prompting FIFA into trying to force the World’s soccer organizations into changing their schedules so the traditional summer tournament can be hosted during the winter. Combine that with the reports of slave labor used to build all the new stadiums and hotels, and you have a recipe for disaster.

I appreciate that each of these organizations, or at least some people in them, are trying to broaden the horizons of the game. However, I don’t buy it. The whole thing reeks. It seems that money now outweighs sense.

No matter where you put an event there are going to be issues. No large scale event is ever out of the scope of terrorist who wish to make their mark. All areas of the world are plagued by their own weather related issues. And yes even in the wealthiest of nations, protests can turn violent. However, minimizing the risks of an event should be a priority for organizers. Not only do they put athletes in a disposition or worse in danger, they also sacrifice the security of the people attending. While we can’t predict another Munich, putting a target event 250 miles from a hot zone, in a country thats plagued by terrorism, might not have been a good idea. I really do hope all of these events go off without a hitch, and this article isn’t meant to scare people. This is just a petition to the organizers to these events saying please, look past the end of your nose and see the scope of everything.

For Hambino’s prediction on the World Cup Check Out

And have the US hopes been crushed in December?  Maybe not

The Quarterback Fallacy

nflThe regular season in the NFL has ended and for 20 of the 32 teams in the NFL its draft time. Next year the 12 teams that made the playoffs will be looking to improve to push them to the next level, while the 10 teams with top draft picks are looking for the rebuild. While it is popular to think that bringing a franchise quarterback to Jacksonville will take the Jaguars to the promise land, the fact is this is the farthest thing from the truth. Year after year we have to hear about how this one player will solve the problem. This is not the NBA. Football is the ultimate team sport and one player is not the be all end all.

imageTeams are looking for the next Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck and to be honest why would’t you be? Players of this caliber are hard to come by and if you have the chance you draft them. The problem is though this is a dream situation and too many NFL GMs get drawn into drafting a player that was never the same caliber. For every Cam Newton there is a JaMarcus Russell out there. But why do teams fall into these horrible decisions? Many AFC East fans would like to think that Bill Belicheck has perfected the art of inception in order to win the division every year but the answer is founded more in reality. The reality is Walmart used this problem to become the most successful retail company in the world.

Impulse buying may work for Doritoes but shouldn’t be used when purchasing a multimillion dollar asset. Yes selling jerseys is great but what does it do to the overall quality of the franchise. All 10 of the teams that won the first 10 draft picks this year have drafted a “franchise” QB in the last 15 years (Ryan, Stafford, Ponder, Manuel, Griffin 3, Gabbert, Carr, Russell, Locker, Freeman) while half of the teams going to the playoffs have a QB that was selected after the first round. On top of that, there have been 12 QBs selected as the first pick in recent years, 4 of which were on teams that failed to make the playoffs and 4 of which were drummed out of the NFL all together. 33% may sound like a good percentage until you learn that only 2 of the 12 have won a Superbowl. Any economist or portfolio manager will tell you a less then 20% success rate on a multimillion dollar deal is not worth the risk. To make matters worse only 5 of the last 38 QBs drafted in the first round have won a Super Bowl and 17 no longer start in the NFL.

The otherside of the coin is that out of the 7 quarterbacks who have won the last image10 Super Bowls, all have been first round picks except for Brady and Brees. However Rodgers, Eli Manning and Big Ben all entered situations where they just simply improved on a perennial powerhouse, and Flacco won one with a huge help from his Ray Lewis led defense. This leaves Peyton Manning as the only QB that really came in and changed the fate of his franchise.

Lets face it, Jacksonville, Washington, Cleveland and their bottom dwelling compatriots have a lot of issues. You don’t win only 4 games in a season and hope one player solves all your problems the next. The Texans are in a great position in that they have proved in the past they have a capable team on both sides of the ball. Their biggest issue is at QB and with a talent like Teddy Bridgewater entering the draft it makes since to take him first. History shows though that the teams with that need below them should be wary. Don’t waste a pick on another Carr (metaphorically and literally) hoping that he is the right answer especially with a lot of talent still on the board.

The top franchises in the NFL have realized one thing. If you have a high pick, and there is no player that can immediately fit your needs, trade down. The best franchises realize that teams win championships, not just a QB. As a fan of one of these bottom dwellers that has drafted a franchise quarterback, I can tell you it is frustrating to see a talent with no help around him. While the QB is the most important player on any team, the NFL requires 54 solid players through all three facets of the game. The likes of Brady, Foles and Wilson have proved that if you build this good team and wait to find that player, the dividends are massive.

The NFL Season in Review

This was yet another topsy-turvy year in the NFL.  We had changing of the guards in some divisions and we had some old vets continue their dominance at the top.  Not to mention for some of the old vets we saw them make history.  Take notes youngsters. However we did see some of the young guns get better and some take steps back.  We definitely have exciting playoffs to look forward to but that’s for another day. Enough about these random topics lets find out what we really learned this year in the recap of the NFL Regular Season.

Peyton Manning is still well…Peyton Manning. 

His 55 regular season touchdowns were a record setting mark.  Breaking the previous record of 50 set by his rival Tom Brady.  Not to mention he took away Drew Brees passing record of 5,476 eclipsing it by one yard and getting to 5,477. It was a big part to the Denver Broncos setting the record for most points scored in the regular season.  Chalk another accomplishment to the many Peyton has in the REGULAR SEASON.

Cowboys still cant get out of their December slump.

            The Cowboys again found themselves in a win or go home game in the final week of the regular season. Again they find themselves on the outside looking in for the third year in a row.  This time however they did it without Tony Romo.

Chicago again can thank the Cowboys for covering up their December blunder.

            Again the Chicago bears fell apart at the end of the season.  It seems that every year the Bears start hot. This year 3-0 and last year 7-1 only to see them falter down the stretch and miss the playoffs.  Ending this year 2-4 and last year losing five of their last eight.  Much like the Cowboys they had a win or go home versus a team on their own field and couldn’t come away with a victory.  Suddenly the switch back to Cutler doesn’t look so good does it?

The NFC West is no longer the laughing stock of the NFL

            Remember 4 years ago when the NFC West was atrocious? Well that’s not the case anymore.  Three teams finished with 10 or more wins.  Those teams being the number 1 seed Seattle Seahawks, reigning NFC Champions San Francsico 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals.  Not to mention its not like the Rams at 7-9 were anything to laugh about. Its without a doubt the new black and blue division in the NFL.

The Panthers aren’t a team built around Cam Newton anymore.

            This team is winning games not because of Cam Newton but more in large part to Luke Kuechly and that loaded defense.  Does it help that Cam Newton is there?  Yes. But now he doesn’t have to feel the need to shoulder the weight of the team on his back.  This team is dangerous right now.  Its not a team to take lightly if they are to find themselves in Seattle fighting for the right to represent the NFC.

The defensive coordinators halted the second coming of Jesus on the spread option.

            Sure did we see the spread option continue in the NFL this year? Yes.  But it wasn’t nearly as effective as it was last year.  When you get an entire offseason to prepare for the spread offense it certainly makes its less effective.  However teams that had mobile AND accurate quarterbacks still made life miserable for opposing defenses.  Those teams being the Seattle Seahawks and the Nick Foles led Philadelphia Eagles.  Whereas teams that had quarterbacks that were a bit more inaccurate saw their offenses take steps back.  Those teams being Washington, San Francisco and the Michael Vick led Eagles.

Steeler fans still think the NFL has it out for them.

After the last week of the season and all the blown calls in the San Diego Kansas City game last night its only fitting that Steeler nation is cry fowl again.  I cant begin to tell you how many status, tweets I saw about this last night. The conversations amongst these fans around the water cooler is definitely going to be about how Roger Goddell has it out for the Steelers.  Well you may have a case Steeler fans but maybe next year don’t start out 0-4.  Take care of business early and you wont have to count on other things to go your way.

The Houston Texans fans are quick to turn their back.

            This team for the past three years has been one of the most successful teams in the AFC.  Did they win the Super Bowl or anything?  No.  But they certainly put a good product out on the field.  After a terrible first three games under Matt Shaub the Houston faithful started mocking him.  Making sandwiches called the Matt Shaub Burger saying “Pick Six” toppings after all of his pick sixes to start the year.  To “top” it off when Matt Shaub went down with a nasty looking ankle injury the crowd cheered that he was down for the count.  Shame on you Texans fans. SHAME. ON. YOU.

 

The Raiders, Browns, Buccaneers, Jaguars, and Bills are still fighting for worst franchises in NFL football.

            While the Browns and Raiders have an early lead on the chasers its still the same swan song for fans of these franchises.  The Browns and Buccaneers have amassed talented rosters only to see the promise go unfulfilled.  Raiders and Jaguars were plagued by sloppy penalties, turnovers and a revolving door at QB.  Meanwhile the Bills were decimated by injuries all season long.  The question is who will turn it around the quickest?  One thing we do know is that these fans aren’t surprised to see their teams picking in the top end of the draft….Its customary for these teams.  Its like turkey on Thanksgiving.  Couldnt have it any other way.

Black Monday continued in the NFL.

It started late Sunday with the Browns firing Rob Chudzinski after one season.  Then came the firing of Greg Schiano of Tampa Bay, Jim Schwartz of Detroit, Mike Shanahan of Washington and Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier. The writing was on the wall for coaches like Schiano and Shanahan from mid season on.  However the inconsistency of Minnesota under Leslie Frazier is what did him in even with a playoff trip under his name last year.  Then came Jim Schwartz, sitting at 6-3 in a division when the Bears and the Packers were without their starting quarterbacks for the entire second half of the season. Just pencil the Lions in right? Nope they found a way to crap the bed.  Losing six of their final seven games.  Shocking to say the least.

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady led teams are again the teams that sit atop the AFC.

            No shocker here the teams that have the bye week in the AFC come from teams that have Tom Brady or Peyton Manning at the helm.  It only seems like a collision course for these two at Mile High in three weeks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the best of the worst.

            The Pittsburgh Steelers are the front runners to win the consolation bracket.  This team started so poorly only to see themselves finish 8-4 to end the season.  If it weren’t for Antonio Brown stepping out by a half inch on the final play against the Dolphins on that wild lateral filled finish in week 15 it would be the Steelers and not the Chargers that would be facing Cincinnati this week.  Below you can see just how close they came.

Nick Foles made NFL History.

            Nick Foles finished the year with a 27-2 touchdown to interception ratio.  Who would have seen that coming from Foles at the beginning of this year?  Certainly not me.  Foles also added a seven touchdown performance versus the Oakland Raiders tying the NFL record for most TD passes thrown in a game.  He sat the entire third quarter or I’m sure he would hold the record.

Chip Kelly added another win for the ex Pac-12 coaches.

            Chip Kelly put another notch in the Pac-12 alumni coach belts.  He (Oregon) along with Pete Carroll (USC) and Jim Harbaugh (Stanford) made the leap from the college ranks to the pro rank by winning their division in their first year at the helm.  All three are in the playoffs this year as well.  TAMPA HIRE DAVID SHAW!!!

Rex Ryan is still a great DEFENSIVE coach.

            Ok we can all make fun of how bad the Jets are at times.  But lets be honest what Rex Ryan was able to accomplish this year was impressive to say the least.  This team has absolutely ZERO offensive playmakers and still found a way to win eight games this year.  Ill let you take a pick of the litter in terms of Jet playmakers on offense and I would be willing to bet that not only would none of them start on any other NFL team but that only half would even crack the second team offense in other systems.  Now some of that can be pinned on Ryan for not addressing this in the draft but what he was able to squeeze out of this roster this year was great. Maybe it was the magic belly rubs?

The Rams won the gamble.

Two years ago the Rams traded away the rights to the number two spot in the NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins so they could draft RGIII.  What they received in return were three first round picks and a second rounder.  Well now the Rams, thanks to the Washington Redskin debacle this year, earned the number two pick in this years draft.  The Rams are already loaded and improving and now it will only get better after they won “the gamble”.

The teams at the top of the draft order this year were one year to early.

            Teams that finished at the bottom of the league were a bit premature with their ability to suck the most.  This years quarterback draft class is average to say the least, especially if Teddy Bridgewater goes back to school. Sure will Johnney football sell tickets?  Yes.  But I still don’t buy that he’s a franchise quarterback.  I look at him much as I did Vince Young.  But next year you have the likes of Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty and potentially Teddy Bridgewater.  I pray the Buccaneers are picking number 1 next year.  GM’s wont have to squint at all the names on the big board if they’re picking number one next year.  It will simply show a big name that even J-boo can read.  JAMEIS WINSTON.

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The Zebra Giveth and the Zebra Taketh Away

The zebras, or for the normal educated readers, the referees have again shifted the attention off the players and on to themselves. As if they didn’t get enough pub when they held out for more money last year.  I didn’t even know refs could hold out like that!  Freaking divas these refs! Anyways getting on with my rant, we saw two of the biggest games in the NFL outside the Broncos Chiefs game this week decided on terrible calls.  Can we say maybe the NFC South is paying the refs quite a bit of money?  The Saints had a penalty given to extend a drive late in the fourth versus the 49ers, and the Panthers have one picked up to end the game to beat the Patriots.  Let me note now, both the teams who were the beneficiary of the calls were home teams.  So spare me the notion that home field advantage doesn’t mean anything. I agree with that argument if you’re talking strictly about playing the game of football. But clearly that’s not the case when taking the human element of the game “The Zebras” into account when making judgment calls.

Lets start with the most recent, the call, and then non-call against Gronkowski in the end zone to end the game.  Let me start by saying I really don’t want to try and defend Tom Brady and the Patriots because they have gotten so many calls its ridiculous.  Eventually the calls have to even out and unfortunately for the Patriots it evened out partially tonight. But I have to call it like I see it and I personally don’t like games being decided by referees.  So some of you may be saying “well Hambino technically the game wasn’t decided by the referee because they picked up the flag!” Well I get it but you cant throw a flag because you clearly see pass interference, which lets be honest it was, and then pick it up. Kuechly never made an attempt on the ball, never turned his head around and simply pushed Gronk out of the play.  If thats not pass interference I dont know what is.   You threw the flag for a reason!  Because you saw something that your brain registered in real time that was against the rules of the game.  Instead what happens is you start to think about it, the crowd boos you, the longer you take to make a decision the more the pressure build up around you. You start to think about stuff that is outside the frame of the play and it impairs your judgment.  I like refs that if they see a foul in front of them and sticks to his call.  Although when making a call their view cant be impeded by a player or weird angle that affects what they see, which in this call wasn’t the case. Referees all the time huddle up and discuss calls when they aren’t entirely sure.  Sometimes they had the same view as the other referee they are conferring with, but in this case he looks to a referee that could not possibly have had a better or even similar view as the referee who threw the flag originally.  People will say it wasn’t catchable, and to them I say “well of course it wasn’t catchable!!” How is the guy supposed to catch the ball when he’s being draped all over by his opposition? In this case Luke Kuechly. I guess what I’m trying to say is you either call it and stick to it or you don’t call it at all.  I wouldn’t have any issue if there weren’t a flag and the game simply ended.  But it didn’t.   And for that, you lovely viewers can thank for this rant.

The other big call took place in New Orleans in crunch time in the Saints game tying drive.  It was third and two on the San Francisco 35 with three minutes left.  Ahmad Brooks came around the right tackle and close lined Drew Brees who fumbled and the 49ers recovered.  Now when I say close lined it sounds vicious and illegal but in the context of the game it was entirely legal.  He initially hit Brees just under the neck on his chest and his momentum led him up toward the neck.  But because it looked so bad to the eye and with the rules in place to protect the quarterback, the referee threw the flag.  If you look at the play the referee really cant see where Brooks is hitting Brees because of the angle he’s at.  Again see above rant about discussing calls ONLY IF you don’t have the proper angle.  But unlike the Panthers game the referee didn’t consult his counterparts and he didn’t have the proper angle to see the penalty but instead stuck with his call and extended the drive for the Saints, which ultimately led to the 49ers demise.  What makes this call even worse to me is how long it took the referee to throw the flag.  It wasn’t until the 49ers recovered the fumble and the referee saw Drew Brees lying motionless on the ground until he threw the flag.  Sure it’s a bang-bang play and it does take the referee some time to reach for his flag, but note the quickness in decision to throw the flag in the Monday Night game versus the delay in this game.  It’s just a bit odd to me.

There will always be some sort of human error in every game and I understand that its part of the game.  But its just frustrating as a fan, or non-fan in my case seeing a game decided by terrible calls or non-calls for that matter in the closing minutes of a game.  You asked for the big dollars last year, its time you start making the right calls in crunch time and justify the pay raise.  Come week 17 in the NFL season you could have just decided a division winner with all four teams, because they’re definitely going to be there come week 17 barring injuries.  You could have decided a team earning a bye week in the playoffs.  Shoot, maybe you just kept a team out of the playoffs that should be in it.  Inexcusable at this level.