#CheddarBay wk 4; Broncos/Seahawks.
10:50AM, Saturday: Due to the unprecedented line change in the FSU/Clemson game, the Cheddar line is revised to Clemson +10.5 at FSU. The picks received prior to this announcement (PeterM, Acto***, Chucky, ClvTA, CLTIL, CWonder***, Jmac, Kitty, LLaw***, PeteF.) will be honored at Clemson +20.
And, no ClevTA, Chucky and PeteF, before you ask: you may not hedge by taking FSU -10.5 now.
The all-play is Denver +5 at Seattle Sunday at 4:25 PM ET. The rest of the lines below and back with some odds and ends later.
Be sure to check the The A to Z podcasts; a new one went up yesterday. Zac and Andre always have good observations1 and manage to stay on point for their 30 minutes sessions. Crisp podcasting… this is foreign to me.2
Clearing the decks: why can’t refs be fired?
Point of parliamentary procedure, I claim the floor to move that Terry McAulay be fired.
I admit to being peeved at losing last week’s all-play basically on two horrible calls, but check out this guy:
A bettor in the Delaware Sports Lottery picked 14 consecutive NFL winners against the spread over the weekend. His 15th pick would have turned the $5, 15-team parlay card into a $100,000 winner.
Let’s review how this d-bag ref, Terry ‘Bottlegate’ McAulay, cost one guy $100,000 and me and many others a rightful Cheddar point by pretty much preventing the Colts from winning.
1. The Luck interception.
It’s 3rd/9 Colts are in FG range (Adam Vinatieri, ok? A Dawson-like sure thing). So worst case is that the Colts go up 30-20 with four and half minutes to go. Andrew Luck throws the ball to the zone his receiver is moving toward. His receiver is held leading directly to an interception, change of possession, take at three points off the board. But also, the correct call would’ve given the Colts a first down and certainly would’ve burned a minute or so of clock as well as several Eagles’ timeouts. Here’s the call and given the ‘point of emphasis’ of holding in the secondary it’s quite odd that no call was made. It doesn’t look like a big grab but it was a grab and it was pivotal.
2. The no-horse collar penalty.
As bad as the Luck no-call was, on the second play after the [incorrect] turnover, we have Terry McAulay injects himself directly in the action. It’s second and six and Lesean McCoy is getting stopped for a two yard loss; would’ve been 3rd/8. The drive continuing would be no sure thing for the Eagles as they were 5-12 on 3rd down converts Monday. But no… McAulay throws the flag and, I promise this is true, he’s on the microphone announcing the penalty inside of five seconds of throwing the flag. So not only is the call blown, but he actually assists the Chip Kelly hurry-up by getting the ball back in play asap while the Colts’ D is still dumbfounded at the bad call. Even the ref in the booth said it was a bad call. Here it is. Keep in mind McAulay is behind the play with a perfect angle. It’s an inexcusable miss. Frankly it looks corrupt.
There you have it. Best case, he’s incompetent; worst case McAulay is the NFL’s Donaghy. He has to go. If we’re looking for a football-i-mean-football-the-game-on-the-field-related reason to fire Goodell, the non-firing of demonstrably incompetent refs works for me.
- E.g., In the Browns’ final drive Andre thought the Saints’ penalty after TWest’s tackle for loss was yet another game changer and Zac was bemused at the full-huddle-look-at-Shanahan-for-playcall start to the epic drive. [back]
- By foreign, I mean that if you’ve heard me on Lyndall’s WFNY podcast you know I’m all over the map and Lyndall does well to keep us under 50 minutes. Zac and Andre, on the other hand, speak no more than five words which are not on point. [back]