It was the best of time, it was the worst of times…
For both the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, they played poorly against lessor talented teams. Both games came down to last-minute calls. One call deservedly went against the Cowboys, whereas the call that went in favor of the Bears left fans scratching their head.
The Lions Calvin Johnson caught the ball, had two feet, one butt cheek, a thigh, and a knee or two on the ground before attempting to push himself up off the ground with the arm still holding the ball. The ball pops out and the catch is nullified. The call is correct, but the spirit of the rule is ashamed.
With the Cowboys, the holding penalty on the final play of the game against the Redskins was entirely justified and absolutely perplexing. It is widely said that referrees do not like to make calls on the final play of the game unless it is entirely egregious. Apparently Alex Barron is unaware of what Egregious means. If per chance, he is reading this, click the link. As a side-note, I have petitioned Merriam Webster to have a video link of Barron’s holding call placed on the website under egregious. It’s presently under review. Regardless, it wasn’t a situation where Barron was beat by Redskins defender, Brian Orakpo, and in a last ditch effort held (think of Flozell’s trip last year), Barron immediately went to the bear hug. It’s mind boggling.
Both teams under performed, but the Bears criticism was viewed through the prism of victory. The Cowboys, however, lost much of the goodwill they earned from last years playoff run. Fire Wade. Fire Garret. Euthanize Jerry Jones as soon as it becomes morally acceptable.
Amazingly, both teams will likely be 1-1 at the end of week two, but the Cowboys will already be under achieving while the Bears will simply be a non-factor. Welcome to the start of football where 1/2 the teams are Super Bowl bound and the other half is fighting for the top pick in the draft.