Once again this Sunday, the Cowboys will suit up and face off against their toughest opponents, the men in black and white.
Let me preface this by saying that I hate complaining about officiating. There is nothing that makes me feel like more of a poor sport than griping about the refs.
However, sometimes the refs need to be called out for doing a horrible job, or in the case of the Cowboys, regularly and consistently doing a horrible job.
We are all aware that there are certain penalties that could be called every play, such as holding and illegal contact. What makes me furious is that the refs tend to only call those on Dallas, and typically when it negates a big play or effectively ends a drive.
There are specific examples of blatantly awful calls (or lack thereof) from the refs in recent weeks. The pushing of Jason Witten out of the back of the end zone previous to the pass comes to mind. Right in front of the official, no less. The replay literally showed the official feet away, watching the entire infraction. Did he forget it was against the rules?
Also, my TV is probably at least 4 times the size of the ref’s “under the hood” monitor, and no one can tell me that interception in the end zone last week touched the ground definitively.
You also couldn’t tell me without a doubt that it never touched the ground, therefor the call on the field should have stood. Had it been called incomplete on the field and then deemed that the call on the field stands (not “confirmed), I would have been disappointed but not angry. I would have had to agree that there wasn’t enough evidence either way to overturn the call on the field. I can only image the shock and outrage for Cowboy’s fans across the nation after that review came in.