SEC officiating sinks to a new low

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To stand out as a really bad officiating crew in the SEC is a challenge.

But the team of officials headed up by Georgia Tech grad Marc Curles deserves some sort of special golden flag for phantom calls that affect the outcome of a major game.

You’ll remember Curles and Co. for the bogus celebration call on Georgia’s A.J. Green in the LSU game, a call that the head of SEC officiating, Rogers Redding (another grad of the Institute), subsequently had to disavow.

Now Redding has had to issue another statement on a call by Curles’ crew during a fourth quarter drive in Saturday’s Florida-Arkansas game when the Gators were trying to tie it up. Razorbacks defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for legally using his shoulder to fend off a Florida player who was coming at him. It wasn’t even close to an infraction, as CBS’ Gary Danielson pointed out, but the 15-yard penalty set up the Gators to score on the next play.

As was the case with the Georgia call, the conference said it found “no evidence on the video to support the personal foul penalty” against the Hogs.

Cold comfort to Arkansas, just as was the SEC’s mea culpa for Georgia after the LSU game.

Arkansas also had complained about a questionable pass interference call on that same drive and a noncall on a late hit by the Gators elsewhere in the game, but the SEC said those were “judgment” calls. You can check out video clips of some of the Curles crew’s work in that game here.

It’s gotten to the point where you have to wonder what it takes in the SEC for an officiating crew to get suspended. Maybe the magic number is three. With the Dogs’ luck, Curles and his crew will get a chance to go for the trifecta when Georgia and Florida meet in Jacksonville. Or perhaps we’ll get the Penn Wagers crew, which has proved its deficient knowledge of the rule book in the past. Talk about Hobson’s choice.

On top of these blown calls, there’s the inconsistent manner in which unsportsmanlike conduct flags are being thrown in the SEC, as I noted in Sunday’s blog.

Certain teams, such as Georgia, routinely draw those flags while others, including league leaders Florida and Alabama, don’t. It’s getting to be something of a joke what Tim Tebow can get away with. Likewise, the self-aggrandizing behavior of Alabama defenders in Saturday’s game against South Carolina in apparent violation of the rules against taunting or calling attention to one’s self. One Bama player even took his helmet off on the field after a big play, supposedly a sure infraction, but no flag was thrown.

Now, personally, I have no problem with kids celebrating, gesturing or calling attention to themselves. Emotion is a big part of college football. Such displays are against the rule, but it’s a dumb rule. Heck, I don’t even have a problem with taunting, as unpleasant as it can be sometimes. I wish the rule would go away.

But as long as it’s in place, they either need to call it on everyone or not call it at all. Just apply it consistently across the board. And that very plainly is not happening right now.

There were gestures in both the Florida-Arkansas and Alabama-South Carolina games that were much more blatant than what Orson Charles did in the LSU game, but no flags.

And in Saturday’s Georgia-Vandy game, Rantavious Wooten was flagged for spiking the ball after a big catch, but a Commodore celebrating a sack by throwing a towel in the air drew no flag.

I don’t really think that there’s a conspiracy among the SEC refs to “get” Georgia. I’m not so sure, however, that there isn’t some sort of unspoken agenda to “protect” certain high-flying teams. And even if it’s just a case of officials perceiving certain teams as undisciplined and being more prone to throw flags on them than on other teams seen as model citizens, that plainly isn’t fair.

At the very least, Redding and his officials should be aware that there’s the perception that Florida and Alabama are treated differently because it’s in the SEC’s financial interests that they succeed.

As CBS Sports exec Mike Aresco told the Birmingham News last week, “Tim Tebow has just been ratings gold … You cannot overstate the value of Florida and Alabama. … If you needed two teams to carry you, those are the two.”

Maybe that kind of thinking only goes on at CBS headquarters and not at the network’s business partner, the SEC. If so, SEC commissioner Mike Slive and Redding need to act now to counter the perception that the fix is in. When you start to hear comparisons between the SEC and professional wrestling, decisive action is needed to restore fans’ faith in the conference.

Suspending Curles and his crew would be a good first step. But more than that, Slive needs to make it abundantly clear to all officiating crews that the rules must be applied evenly and equally, no matter who is playing.

170 comments Add your comment

JimBeam

October 20th, 2009
10:34 am

What the farge! Its outragous that they put techies in SEC officiating. They are one of our key rivals. Do you really think they will calla fair game against UGA?????. this explains what has been happening to my beloved Dawgs. EVERYONE knows that we would have won the LSU game if not for the officials!!! Can you imagene if we had won that game what a boost it would be for our team – we might have handled the TN game w/more confidence and probably would have won that game also. We wouldnt becomplaining about our record if we moved 2 Ls to the W colum would we. see my point? Lets get these dam insects out of our officiating and get some DAWGS in there, or at least some SEC people. GO DAWGS!!!!

Dan

October 20th, 2009
10:36 am

It’s only football! There are bigger and more important things in life! And remember, most of these officials have full time jobs during the week, get paid very little, and do not get the days and days of training that players get. As for celebrations, let your performance do the talking and quit playing to the crowd or the TV. It’s called discipline. Don’t do it and it won’t get called.

I would like to see some of you yahoos even try to officiate a collegiate game. Then your outlook might be different.

Ramblin Wrecker

October 20th, 2009
10:40 am

Mr. King,

Its funny that when you have a bad team how people start looking for other culprits to blame other than admitting they just have a bad team. You lost to LSU because you suck. For three and a half quarters you laid an egg and you want to place some blame on the officials for the loss. Gimme a freakin break. They didn’t take any points off the board and last time I checked, Charles Scott didn’t have a defender anywhere near him on his long TD run, so those extra 15 yards they got on the kickoff are irrelevant, he would have run untouched another 15 yards and still scored.

And it really blows me away that fans of one of the most penalized teams in the country could possibly blame the officials for the utter lack of discipline that their team has. Mark Richt shrugs it off week after week and gives the most uninspired “we need to work on that” speech that I’ve ever heard. It’s called a mirror. You look in it and realize where the blame belongs.

JimBeamIsDrunk

October 20th, 2009
10:45 am

Hey Beamer, you been sampling too much of your product? Yes we have a problem in officiating but let’s not go to consipiracy theories and exaggerations to explain the outcome of the whole game. Yes the LSU call on AJ was atrocious, and yes everyone knows that. But we don’t know if that would’ve cost us the game. That’s a stretch although the call put us at an extreme disadvantage. And the UT game? You must have missed that game because we were plain awful and would have lost that game with or without bad zebras. So either get off the sauce or lighten up.

Burdell

October 20th, 2009
10:47 am

Nice link RAMBLE ON! I wanted to follow that ref home that day….

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
10:56 am

SplashDaddy brings up a good point. The Florida Receivers must be coached to do exactly what is described in that post…because they all do it and it is dirty. When they make their cut in the route they are running, they pull the DB’s jersey the opposite direction. I saw that play and it reminded me of several similar plays from last year. One in the UGA FLA game in particular comes to mind. To the officials: A WR PULLING A DB OUT OF THE WAY, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE DB TO DEFEND THE PASS OR MAKE A PLAY ON THE BALL IS OFFENSIVE PASS INTERFERENCE.

Sting'Em

October 20th, 2009
11:00 am

Yep, we put our Tech men into the SEC just to put down the mangy pups. Wow, you guys figured that out all by yourselfs? Amazing. hehehehehe

Bill King

October 20th, 2009
11:05 am

Burdell:

As is plainly stated in the bio that accompanies this blog, I’m a UGA grad. And proud of it.

Jerry

October 20th, 2009
11:06 am

Tim Donaghy will be applying for a job if any vacancies come open.

Dr M

October 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Northern Sympathizer

October 20th, 2009
11:09 am

The SEC has the best football players in America and the worst officials. Where do they find these guys?

Eric

October 20th, 2009
11:32 am

I’m sick to death of Tim Tebow. I’d give him a trophy just to go the fck away.

Dann

October 20th, 2009
11:35 am

I am tired of the SEC saying “it is a judgment call.” OF COURSE IT’S A JUDGMENT CALL. REFS ARE PAID TO USE THEIR JUDGMENT. TELL US WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS GRADED AS GOOD JUDGMENT OR BAD JUDGMENT.

Their response is like telling us it’s a cop’s job to write a ticket when we are asking why it was written. The SEC needs to release the plays that are submitted to it for review, and release the grades of each of the officials.

shane#1

October 20th, 2009
11:53 am

athensdawg, good post and I agree with you. The way to win a game is to play better football than your opponent. However, there is a growing opinion amoung many SEC fans that the rules are not being applied equally. Thinly veiled, and some not so thinly veiled, hints at racism are being made in the media regarding SEC officials. This cannot be allowed to continue or I see massive problems ahead that could taint the SEC and southern football in general. Because Blacks were barred from major college sports for so long those institutions will be held to a higher standard for equality of calls than the rest of the country. As unfair as we southern fans may think that mindset is, it is a reality. Tebow’s celebrations not being called and a phantom celebration being called on A. J. Green opened the door for more trouble than any of us fans wants. The SEC must correct this perception of bias now, because rest assured, if they do not the perception of bias will become the reality.

B. Lewis

October 20th, 2009
11:58 am

Oh stop whining.

will

October 20th, 2009
12:21 pm

Some observations:
1. Many sports fans, particularly college fans, have their identities so closely merged with their teams that any perceived slight or injustice is a sacrilege.
2. Football fans have complained about officiating, and perceived it as biased against their team for at least the several decades I’ve observed.
3. The quality of football officiating is as inconsistent as the quality of comments on this blog, but in general better than one would glean from these comments.
4. Football officiating is inexact; sometimes judgment is made even more difficult by the wording of the rules. (Read Rule 9 on unsportsmanlike contact.)
5. Children see basic principles clearly, for example “it takes one to know one.” Is imputing nefarious motives a reflection of one’s own dishonesty?
6. In the end, it really is just a game.

Double dawg down

October 20th, 2009
12:27 pm

the towel was not just any towel… it was removed from J. Cox uniform by the defender and thrown in the air as he jumped up and down and celebrated a mighty fine play. Not much judgement involved when one player removes an article of another players uniform and throws it in the air.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
1:07 pm

First off, I will agree that there have been more than acceptable amount of bs calls by the officials, including the Arkansas vs Florida (and I’m a Florida Alumni) however by simply stating how much can Tebow get away with and how Florida’s ratings are gold is a little much. We are undeniably one of the best teams in the country(and I dont say the best b/c I dont think we are at this point, especially with our offense!), and to assume that they will get their trifecta at the Florida vs GA game is very presumptive. When in all actuality Florida holds the highest penalty record when it comes to the FL vs GA game. Also..in reference to the first comment that the SEC is doing their best to make it Gators vs Tide in Atlanta, the SEC isn’t doing that, the teams are. Who else even remotely compares to those to teams that has earned that right?? There is a thin line between common sense and ignorance, some people need to learn the difference. Final note-”THOSE WHO CAN’T, COMPLAIN!!” GO GATORS!

mom3

October 20th, 2009
1:18 pm

Please, if the most intelligent comment you can make on this subject is to repeat the score of a game, go and play in your own sandbox.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
1:25 pm

ALSO IN REFERENCE TO:
dawgrific
October 20th, 2009
8:49 am

Tebow is a blatant hypocrite when he is out there “hot-dogging” and “gator-chomping” in people’s faces-with no call mind you, all the while being played up and talking like he is God’s 3rd son (behind JC and obama). The inconsistency and unfiarness are putrid, and it has to stop. It has gotten to the point that EVERY time UGA makes a big play I worry that a flag is coming, especially if they show, in any way, that they are happy or excited. Any yes, the back-to-back BS calls that GIFT-WRAPPED a td for the gators made me just as sick as if it was MY Dawgs on the field. The uncalled Vandy “towel throw” was comical as well, as the Dawgs may have had an ejection if they had done that.

TIM TEBOW DOES NOT MAKE THE CALLS…OFFICIALS DO…..TIM TEBOW DOESN’T CALL HIMSELF GOD’S 3RD SON…THE OFFICIALS/ANNOUNCERS/MEDIA DOES….DON’T MAKE IGNORANT STATEMENTS ABOUT HOW TEBOW IS HYPOCRITICAL WHEN OBVIOUSLY HE’S NOT…AM I SAYING HE DOESN’T SHOW BOAT?? NO..IM SIMPLY SAYING HE DOESNT MAKE THOSE STATEMENTS, AND UNTIL U SEE HIM IN BLACK & WHITE ON THE FIELD WITH A WHISTLE OR BEHIND A DESK W/A CAMERA IN FRONT OF HIM LEARN HOW TO REPHRASE YOUR COMMENTS.

HawgFan

October 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

Wow, after all these years I’m on the side of UGA. Sweet. Here’s the problem, folks. If these refs were disciplined or fired then they would go public with what I now believe to be true (until Saturday I would have just stayed with incompent). The fix is in. The fact the UA/Florida game has been pulled and replays will not be shown anymore tells one all you need to know.

Those commenting that if Hogs or Dogs make this play or that play then they win the game are correct. That’s not the point. Next season if either of us are undefeated and in top 5 next year AND we are getting the calls then you know it’s SEC agenda to protect the highest rated teams.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
1:30 pm

Hey Jillian…I believe the saying is “those who can’t do, teach.” Just the same, it is easy to say that way up there on your perch atop the polls, on the receiving end of every bad call, benefitting every time the refs turn a blind eye, and getting as much love as any team has ever ever gotten from the likes of the impartial World Wide Leader in sports. Last years UGA FL game was an embarassment of officiating…starting with the very first play of the game when Brandon Spikes tackled Knowshon for a loss and lay on top of him for 10 seconds screaming in his face. If Rashad Jones does the same to the savior Tebow, he would not only be ejected from the game but taken outside of the stadium and executed on the spot by Penn Wagers.

That same trend has followed us into this year. See AJ’s TD catch (worth 6 points in a close game) against ASU. See Jones’ legal hits on the now suspended OSU receiver. See AJ’s celebration penalty…and so on. Once or Twice a season getting burned by a bad call is one thing…but this has been a several year trend.

When you always get all the breaks and close calls, it is too easy to look down on the other person and call them whiners and complainers. Let’s trade places and see how pompous you are then.

Thanks for the condescension!!

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
1:51 pm

Further…this is the same attitude by Florida fans that makes me dispise them. Spurrier instilled this awful sense of entitlement in their fanbase and frankly it is disgusting. Urban Meyer, I believe, is a great coach. Tim Tebow is a fantastic player maybe the best ever…but the 24-7 love fest has really gotten old.

Personally, I can’t wait until Tebow graduates and Meyer jumps ship (probably just ahead of NCAA recruiting violations). Some scholarship reductions might bring the team back to earth for a few years…but, alas, their fans will still be that same a__hole that passes you on the road with the awful gator sticker the size of the entire rear truck window (plus 6 smaller stickers on the bumper and tailgate) driving too fast for the amount of traffic and showing a total disregard for anyone else on the road.

Jillian, if you live in Georgia, we don’t need you here–thanks.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
1:52 pm

Hey Uuugghh…maybe you should go back and read a bit.I CLEARLY stated that there has been more than an acceptable amount of bad calls made this year, and EVERY year by the officials. I’m not defending them by ANY means. I can’t remember UGA complaining about bad calls when they were on the top in the beginning of last season. I do believe Ga gets some tough calls, but saying they do it because we’re on top or b/c we’re florida is absolutely ludicrous. If that’s the case what was the deal with Vandy?? Because they are definitely not a top contender. Quit making excuses for your teams playing abilities, or lack thereof. Play cleaner ball, maybe some(NOT ALL B/C THERE WILL ALWAYS BE BAD CALLS!)of those penalties would disappear. Always on the opposite side of the bad calls?? Really?? B/c I remember a HORRENDOUS call on Florida two years ago, and a few last year. I don’t recall ever calling Georgia fans, whiners . I just simply think if you had a coach that actually gave a **** about the penalties maybe he’d clean it up,..NOBODY IS PERFECT..NOT FLORIDA, NOT ALABAMA…NOBODY..But sitting there putting down the Florida/Alabama team & fans because of something that we have no control accomplishes nothing more than making you feel better because your team can’t put up the numbers. Again..

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:02 pm

WOW….uuggghhh..you really are a close-minded person. You need step outside of yourself and realize that you are generalizing florida fans as bad fans. We are not, we’re loyal, just like Georgia fans, and of course you back us into the corner by beating us down, we will come out swinging. You can’t honestly say that all florida fans are a__holes who can’t drive that’s like saying all Georgia fans are uneducated rednecks..when clearly that’s not true. I’m married to Georgia Alumni and have lived in Georgia since 2003, and love it here. I realize that there is bad blood w/florida & georgia but making comments that are biased and untrue is just, well, stupid!

RJ

October 20th, 2009
2:04 pm

Bill,
Why don’t you tell us exactly where in the Bama-SC game a player took his helmet off?

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:05 pm

And..p.s. as a florida fan im sick of hearing about tim tebow..yes hes great..but give it up..and if u think meyer’s such a great coach and then saying he will prob jump ship, id hate to see what u think of a bad coach. meyer will not leave…he’s there to stay..get used to it.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
2:10 pm

They are separate issues. UGA has gotten way way way more than our fair share of BS penalties since the Celebration penalty. I think that is a conscious effort on behalf of the SEC officials, especially those last year at the WLOCP. They felt like UGA showed them up the year before and let virtually everything that UF players did wrong that day go. Awful spots of the ball, ignoring Tebow’s need to be the center of attention, several offensive and defensive pass interference penalties, and the most egregious personal foul penalty on the first play. Fine if it is one game but it has dogged us now for several seasons, which is just not right.

Whether or not they are giving you calls to make sure UA and UF play in the SEC Champ. game…I don’t know. I wouldn’t put it past them. I think that the media love that is heaped on both teams has as much to do with the calls as anything else.

In the very same way, reading/hearing that UGA is one of the most heavily penalized teams in the country over and over and over again increases the number of calls against us.

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:18 pm

RJ–Washington did it on that 3rd down sack

Jillian

October 20th, 2009
2:20 pm

Nobody was complaining when we heard Matt Stafford’s name over and over last year..1st round draft pick…come on…give credit where credit’s due. After this year, he will no longer be a threat.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
2:27 pm

I am only saying that the same attitude–that smug Spurrier ‘your team is terrible’–is something that you, too big truck sticker guy, and all Florida fans seem to share. Of all of the Florida fans I have ever met, maybe 5% are reasonable.

I would never act like your team is terrible…I have some respect for the Florida football team and what they have accomplished. Florida fans on the otherhand are the most intolerable bunch in college football. The success of the team lately has only made the fanbase less tolerable. If you are part of the 5%, sorry lady…but in my experience the odds are overwhelmingly against that.

uuughh...

October 20th, 2009
2:30 pm

Stafford being drafted first is the first time he stepped out from under Tebow’s shadow. I am glad he finally got that chance. And the coverage all last year was about what Stafford didn’t do while it was about what Tebow did do. That sniveling speech after Ole Miss was plenty of Tebow for me for a lifetime.

Terrell

October 20th, 2009
2:38 pm

Keep deluding yourselves that the officiating has anything to do with UGA’s woes. Until and unless you deniers come to grips with the issues and understand that the core problem is coaching, you may as well start getting used to 6-6 or 7-5 seasons and going to the Toilet Bowl in mid-December, while teams with first-rate coaches like Florida, Alabama, and LSU play in January.

This message is presented as a public service to all suffering Dawg fans.

Cool Dawg

October 20th, 2009
2:54 pm

The officials are not being suspended or reprimanded because the powers that be are weary of a “whistle blowing” incident. These guys are elitist professionals in the real world. They are just following the company line with the SEC. Doing what they have been instructed to do…that is help in anyway possible to guarantee the highest rankings and prestige for the conference. $$$$$. Oh, yes. But unfortunately they have gotten so far out of hand with this agenda that the conference is now in the spotlight for an undesired reason. Again. These officials are CEOs, business owners, Doctors, Attorneys, etc….. Do you think that they are going to submit quietly to a suspension or a reprimand? They would lose so much credibility in their chosen profession if they were embarressed by a suspension or reprimand. these guys are elitists who love the attention they garner by being officials. No, the best thing that the sec can do now is to just instruct these guys to back off and let the chips fall where they may. Ironically, they are almost in a position to have to go the other way in calling games(with bias torwards the non-cash cow) to prove a lack of corruption. What a mess. Barnhart is extremely naive. Guess he believes everything he is told by Mr. Redding.

Carl Spackler

October 20th, 2009
3:20 pm

What they need to do is turn this over to the FED’s and check for organized gambling…check out what these guys drive, the house they live in, the lifestyle they live…betting on college games is big time and if you don’t think it’s possible then think back to that basketball ref, or college kids shaving points…a blown call here and a blown call there can swing the points spread, affect the over and under…this is not the best of economic times and people have done more for less…just another way of thinking…the least that should happen is for this crew to be deep six-ed…it would be interesting to review their call making abilities going back three/five years and gauge it to the outcome of past games

ghost dawg

October 20th, 2009
3:45 pm

Fla and Ala might not be the SEC’s best teams without the extra help.

Charlie Parrot

October 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

Through the first five games Florida averaged 5 penalties for 51 yards per game. Arkansas averaged 7 penalties for 52.3 yards per game. Last Saturday Florida had 3 penalties for 16 yards while Arkansas had 9 penalties for 91 yards.

Arkansas was 20% better than Florida last Saturday but needed to be 25% better to overcome the officiating.

The Real SugarHillDawg

October 20th, 2009
5:14 pm

M and Ramble On are back and so is the sickening STENCH!!!

SuperB

October 20th, 2009
5:36 pm

It’s a shame that Marc Curles’ crew decides the winners of the games– or do they? The SEC obviously wants the $$$ from a Florida-Alabama game. Georgia paid dearly for the call that cost them the LSU game, as did Arkansas for the two successive personal foul calls against Florida— neither of which occurred. And Tebow apparently, can do any thing he wants to– and he does.

DirtyDawg

October 20th, 2009
6:49 pm

Jillian…I for one am happy that you, along with so many other of my fine UF friends, have had the good taste to 1) marry a UGA alumnus (by the way, and for future reference, ‘alumni’ is the plural of ‘alumnus’…and ‘alumna’ -or ‘alumnae’- is the female gender version, with ‘alumni’ being the plural for both male and female…or you could just say ‘alum’ and be done with it…see?…Unless, of course, you’re married to all of us, which I doubt) and 2) are living in Georgia. Just do yourself a favor, show a little humility every once in a while, it’ll take you places that you would otherwise never be able to go and in particular it’ll be easier to take the embarrassment when Florida does indeed lose a game – believe me it’s gonna happen this season. Maybe not to us, then again, one never really knows, does one?

By the way, does that 30-year-old-looking linebacker always wear diamond studs during a game, or does he just put ‘em on when he’s not coming back in?

Penalty Wagers

October 20th, 2009
8:42 pm

One official has had more influence on the SEC East race than any player with two bogus calls. This crew should be suspended for the year and the head official should be fired. If another situation like this arises then Redding should get fired. If I were Slive I would make a change after the season regardless.

The integrity of the SEC is in question. This is very bad for the conference.

curles

October 20th, 2009
10:21 pm

Enter your comments here

FlaDawg

October 20th, 2009
11:02 pm

100% correct. The officiating on Saturday’s games for both Florida and Alabama were atrocious…not to mention the fact that Georgia is just simply pegged at every game. These officials need to be suspended immediately. Arkansas would have clearly won the game against Florida…but clearly, the refs did everything they could to keep Florida in the game. I think Slieve must have called the head ref in the fourth quarter and gave them a mandate. These guys have no integrity and obviously, the integrity of the game and even players like Tebow has to be in question. Tebow gets away with more unsportsmanlike penalties than just about any player in SEC history. If they keep this up, clear thinking fans will move on to other items of importance on Saturdays.

Nick

October 20th, 2009
11:45 pm

Redding and Curles both need to be fired. NOW. Redding does have the fix in, it isn’t just a perception, it is obvious. We need to get rid of this cancer that is Rogers Redding and we NEVER need to hire another GT grad for any reason in this conference.

Jillian

October 21st, 2009
3:14 pm

DirtyDawg..must you be a COMPLETE a** about everything…can you not get over the facts? 1) sec officials suck,2) florida is one of the better teams in the country(not the best, but better than georgia), 3) not all florida fans are d****, 4) Georgia WILL lose to Florida, no matter how much you pray to your god, Mark Richt…p.s. if you’re talking about Brandon Spikes w/the diamond studs he wears them all the time, but of course Joe Cox will tell you next Saturday when Spikes lays him off his back….U want to be a d****head, then you get d****ckhead response. GROW UP.

Jillian

October 21st, 2009
3:16 pm

excuse me…”on his back” not “off his back”

John

October 21st, 2009
8:32 pm

Very well put. It seems like the officials don’t want to tamper with the preconceived National Title picture. I think LSU and Florida should have one more loss while Georgia and Arkansas have one more win but it’s difficult to say because of poor officiating. I thought that I heard on ESPN that somebody is going to investigatethis crew. Good!!!

Dave

October 21st, 2009
10:23 pm

I had to laugh at your comment that Alabama doesn’t draw bad calls. Do you realize that Arkansas beat alabama a few years back by having 12 men on the field in three consecutive plays at the goal line? Alabama didn’t score and Arkie won the game. You can’t have a more explicit set if game changing bad calls than that. And I don recall arkie fan complaining about sec officiating then either.

The tide also got reemed in baton rouge on a game changing pass interference no call in the end zone recently too. I agree with the basic premise that sec officiating is weak but you undercut the seriousness of your column by reverting to homerism. Bad officiating affects every team at some time or other. They should clean it up.

miss curles

October 21st, 2009
10:45 pm

WOW, you all blame Marc for something like this. He is a great ref and has been for as long as i can remebmer. Yes, he graduated from Georgia Tech but he was the best in all his classes. He used to play football so he knows the game inside and out. He cant keep his eyes on the whole field the whole time. Thats why they have those other men, and he has to go by what they say. He made one bad call and he regrets it but you all should NOT be judging him and posting all this sh*t about him on the internet, its unbelievable and childish. He does his best at every game, including this one. There are other people involved in this and yall should not be pointing him out and pointing out his mistakes in past games AND how you think he is being punished. Believe me this is punishment for him, he is ashamed and just apalled that this happened. He thought he was doing the right thing, but im glad to know how YOU all NON refs think he should have handled something that hes been doing for years and years, thanks for yall’s experienced thoughts on the matter.

#1 hog fan

October 22nd, 2009
12:20 pm

Thinks the refs from the florida vs. arkansas game got exactly what they deserve. Tebow is much to often mistaken as the god of college football. Dont get me wrong hes a good football player but I dont think he deserves as much recognition as he gets. Yes Arkansas should have converted on those recovered turnovers and tejada shouldve made those kicks, but the refs kinda screwed us in that one. Florida is overrated!!!!!!!