Was It A Catch?

As many fans are getting ready for another day of football, I have found myself not interested in the games yet again.  Being a Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I could care less about the rest of football season.  I, like many others, thought we were going to see another Dallas vs. Pittsburgh Superbowl, however, my thoughts were put to an end after first Pittburgh lost following with a Dallas loss the following week.  I find myself still unable to get over the call that was the huge turn around for Dallas.

For those that are unaware of the call that was made, Dez Bryant made a catch that was challenged by Green Bay’s coach and was later reversed.

The ruling states “”If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.”  It appears that Dez Bryant never lost control of the ball and this was indeed a catch.  While this call isn’t what cost Dallas the game, as it either would have ended with a tie or Dallas taking one point lead.

The question is, was it a catch?  I myself feel as if it was and have heard many others agree, likewise I have heard others disagree.  What do you think?

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The Rest of The Story

The other day I heard someone ask, “What school around here got the death penalty?” and I felt my body tighten up.  One thing I absolutely cannot stand is hearing people talk about something they do not know about.  This person went on to say, “They received it for breaking the rules of recruiting or something like that.” and that’s when I found myself speaking up.khsaa basketball
The school this person was referring to is Cordia High School in Eastern Kentucky.  The school did indeed have to face some consequences for their actions, but many do not know what these actions truly were.  Being from a school in the 53rd District (same as Cordia), I knew more about the situation than the person I heard making these remarks.  As USA High School Sports said in their article, Cordia was proven to be guilty of “allowing a staff member to lease housing to the family of a student-athlete without ever receiving payment. Providing plane tickets on two occasions to a student-athlete so he could travel out of state. Facilitating housing for a student-athlete at no cost to him or his family. Providing money and clothes to student-athletes.”  These violations led to a ban on Cordia’s play; it was ruled that Cordia is not allowed to compete in the 2014-2015 season as well as the 2015-2016 post season.  Cordia also had to forfeit wins from last season (23 total).  There was also a probation on the school’s athletic program up until the 2018-2019 school year, as well as an aggregate fine of $25,980.

V0rxK.AuSt.79KHSAA  adds that among the penalties imposed by the Commissioner are:

  • Suspension of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball team from playing scrimmages or contests during the 2014-15 regular and postseason, as well as the 2016 postseason. During its suspension, the school would be permitted to conduct regular season practices from October 15 until the first allowable day for district tournament play. Included in this penalty is a stipulation that representatives of the boys’ basketball team with eligibility remaining may transfer to specific KHSAA member schools without penalty;
  • Forfeiture of all boys’ basketball games from the 2013-14 season for the use of at least one ineligible player in all games. The score will be recorded as 2-0 for all games which Cordia won, and the game score will remain the same for losses but will be noted as forfeits;
  • Probation for Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program through the 2018-19 season. With this probation, Cordia will be placed on conditional membership, with its membership status to be reviewed at the end of the 2014-15 school year to determine whether its membership should continue to be recommended for approval by the Board of Control beginning with the 2015-16 season. Also as part of its probation, all Cordia coaches and athletic administrators shall be required to attend an in-service workshop in Lexington, conducted by the KHSAA staff concerning Association Bylaws and Kentucky law that affects interscholastic athletics during the 2014-15 school year. Additionally, an Assistant Commissioner will also be assigned to work directly with the Superintendent of schools and the Principal of Cordia to ensure development of policies, procedures and best practices to be implemented in the athletic program;
  • Suspension of two members of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball coaching staff from the 2014-15 postseason boys’ basketball tournaments sanctioned by KHSAA.
  • An aggregate fine of $25,980 for various infractions per the fine schedule in Bylaw 27.

IMG_6661Two days ago, I read that Cordia was proven guilty of 17 of the 27 violations, but the board voted to uphold most of the penalties that the school faced.  The five-year probation as well as the fine were lifted and the school is allowed to play a maximum of 15 regular-season games, however, Cordia was banned from post season playing for the next two years.  As it turned out, the board was split when it came to banning Cordia for the entire 2014-2015 season.  Floyd County Superintendent, Henry Webb, stated, “I sympathize with the students in this situation.  I would encourage us to think about not punishing the kids for the adults’ mistakes.”

As Paul Harvey would say, “Now you know the rest of the story.”
Sources

07/28/14 – Cordia High School Receives Sanctions From KHSAA; Boys’ Basketball Team Suspended From Play in 2014-15

http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/cordia-lions-(hazard,ky)/basketball-winter-13-14/schedule.htm
Kentucky prep basketball program hit with death penalty for violations

Calling for a Buzzer!

Those that did not watch the University of Kentucky and University of Florida football game Saturday, September 13, missed an excellent game.   UK has had a 27-year losing streak to Florida prior to this game, and many people expected the streak to continue.  After three overtimes, fans, players, and coaches were able to hold their heads high even after falling short 30-36.  The question many are asking, should this game have even gone into a second overtime?  Did Florida actually luck into this win?

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College football writer, Jerry Hinnen, stated, “Despite a handful of controversial calls occurring in the Georgia-South Carolina game, no Week 3 officiating decision was more hotly contested in SEC country than the absence of a delay of game flag on a critical fourth-and-7 for Florida in the first overtime of the Gators’ eventual 36-30 victory against Kentucky.”


The SEC released the following statement about the controversial call: “At the request of the University of Kentucky, consistent with SEC protocol, the conference office reviewed the fourth down play in the first overtime of the Kentucky-Florida game and has determined the officials applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine when a flag should be thrown for delay of game. The back judge is responsible for delay of game calls. The procedure for the back judge is for his eyes to stay on the clock when it nears zero. When the clock hits zero, he immediately looks from the clock to the ball. If the ball is moving, there is no delay of game. If the ball is stationary, a delay of game penalty is called.” Isn’t this a lot for one person to do?  After reading over the statement again, I noticed that there was actually no comment about the call, all that was said was that the back judge followed the procedure.

This no-call not only affected the outcome of the University of Kentucky football game but countless games as well. One recent game is the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.  Instead of relying on the back judge to watch the clock and the ball, there should be a buzzer (like the shot clock in basketball) to go off when the timer hits zero.  Even though a buzzer wouldn’t completely stop the controversial call of delay of game, it would help to reduce the margin of error.

SOURCES
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24710707/sec-issues-statement-on-florida-kentucky-delay-of-game-call
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/14/packers-take-31-24-win-in-wild-one-against-the-jets/