BTN put the flag indicator up late and then never showed a good angle of a replay.Yeah - now that I re-watch it seems like he was on it right away. I feel like when I watched it live it seemed late (or maybe that was because the refs conferenced after).
The reasons that there is controversy are pretty simple:I think if the flag came out quicker there would be less controversy.
All true. The two angles shown were 1) late to the play. PI occured before. and 2) from the QB POV. You couldn't tell from that angle.The reasons that there is controversy are pretty simple:
1. It was a game-changing call
2. None of the standard TV replays that have been broadcast over the highlight reels show the contact, which occurred before the cameras focused on the receiver.
Notably, none of the sports highlight reels are showing the phantom defensive PI call against us that directly led to Purdue's TD that got them within 3. If I'm not mistaken, the same ref that threw the flag against us threw it against Purdue. Seems awfully fair and unbiased, from that perspective. The wrong was righted. The only problem is that the only one anyone outside of Gopher fans will ever remember was the OPI, and that all leads to mistaken objectivity.
In the end, we'd all be better off if neither the phantom DPI nor the final OPI were called, as they took away from a very entertaining and exciting football game. But once the phantom DPI was called, then it is only fair and righteous that the OPI was also called.
Mike Hall was badgering Glen Mason about it after the game, even though Mason saw the same replay that clearly shows the OPI that others here have posted and commented at the time on the straight arm and that's what was called. Mason tried to defend it a bit by saying that there was indeed a little contact, but in the end he succombed to Mike Hall's barrage and didn't fight back much against it.All true. The two angles shown were 1) late to the play. PI occured before. and 2) from the QB POV. You couldn't tell from that angle.
Once the angle was put up that showed the contact....it wasn't a bad call. And yeah...since the phantom PI on the previous drive wasn't right at the end of the game....why would anyone talk about it. Even the guys in the BTN studios during the game....probably WATCHING it didn't say anything. I wouldn't expect national commentators to know about it.
It was intentional too. During the post game, they stopped showing the angle that would have cleared things up. It would have still been a ticky tack call, but it wasn't a phantom call. Games are decided on calls that close every single week.BTN put the flag indicator up late and then never showed a good angle of a replay.
they are responsible for the internet firestorm
More people watch the postgame show if there is a controversial call to discussIt was intentional too. During the post game, they stopped showing the angle that would have cleared things up. It would have still been a ticky tack call, but it wasn't a phantom call. Games are decided on calls that close every single week.