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Thread: The "Challenge"

  1. #46
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    Jan 2010
    Westminster (FORMER Training Camp)

    Re: The "Challenge"

    I sit in the endzone where that play happened. I have not seen the replay of the game yet, but one official was signaling an incomplete pass as soon as the ball hit the ground. I did not hear a whistle while the ball was bouncing around with all of the cheering going on. The way those guys called the game, I would not have expected that they would get it right.

    There have been so many explanations about what happened, I can not figure out what they saw. If there was no clear whistle sound, they could have said "incomplete", Ravens' ball because the whistle blew as soon as Upshaw touched the ball, or the Giants' ball after Upshaw gives it up (1st and ten). Since they said that the Giants would not benefit, it then limited it to an incomplete or Ravens' ball. If Harbaugh throws the flag, they could have called it an incomplete just to say the whistle blew as soon as it hit the ground.

    They were incompetent in calling the game, so nobody can tell what the blind mice would have ruled.
    Captain Offense

  2. #47

    Re: The "Challenge"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenswintitle View Post
    But they didn't blow the whistle, they let it play out. I may be missing the point here
    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    They didn't blow the whistle until after the ball was stripped from Upshaw, as I remember it.

    Given how confused the officiating crew was, I'm not going to blame Harbaugh for holding onto the challenge flag. Those idiots would have probably wound up awarding the Giants the ball on the Ravens' 1 yard line.
    When they blew the whistle doesn't matter.

    You can't review when the whistle was blown.

    When they made the final ruling that it was an incomplete pass, that was it.

    It was a dumb non challenge bottom line...I even think the refs were looking for Harbaugh to challenge it.
    Although Walsh's system of offense can compensate for lack of talent; however, defense is a different story. According to Walsh, talent on defense was essential and could not be compensated for. What did Walsh do in 1981? He acquired physical and talented players on defense.

  3. #48

    Re: The "Challenge"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raveninwoodlawn View Post
    I am far from upset about attempting a hail mary.

    What he really should have done is have Jones call for a fair catch so we could have tried a free kick.
    I noticed during that play that there was someone on the Ravens' sideline running down the field waving his arms like a fair catch sign. I don't know if he was yelling at his guys to get down the field, or whether he was telling Jones to call a fair catch. I think Jones caught the ball around the Ravens' 40. That would be a 70 yard kick. No defenders, for sure, but I think they don't get to use a tee.


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