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NFL supports decision to not overturn Seahawks' touchdown
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While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.

Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.

The result of the game is final.

Surely, these fans will be mollified by the league's response.

Doug Farrar, Kevin SeifertMike Sando, Tom LeyLindsay Jones, and Alex Marvez analyze the league's statement.

Plus, reaction to the call from Bill Barnwell, Mike Lombardi, Mike SilverPeter King, Don Banks, Greg Bishop, Jason Whitlock, and Bill Simmons.

Even bookies are more humane than Roger Goodell

Some Bettors Get Relief on Game Decided by Botched Call
www.nytimes.com

The site, Sportsbook.com, sent e-mails to bettors who had put money on Green Bay, alerting them to the unusual decision that their bets would be refunded in the form of a free play on the site. At least one bettor, writing on a Twitter account said to be that of the Canadian journalist Glen McGregor, posted a picture of his computer screen showing the message and quoted the Web site’s head oddsmaker, Russ Candler, as saying, “I can’t stand winning unfairly.”

Darren Rovell hears the blown call may have resulted in a swing of as much as $250M, as bets favoring Green Bay apparently comprised around 70-85% of the action in Vegas and online.

Now that the scabs are affecting the gambling world, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this thing really might get resolved--and soon.  Despite the fact that the NFL wants you to think they are as pure as Tim Tebow, the truth is much more sinister (see: Mara, Tim and Rooney, Art).

Don't mess with the bookies or you get the horns concrete boots, Roger.

Edit: Turns out Sportsbook.com is only offering refunds to gamblers outside the U.S.

Jerrah doe$n’t care

Jerry Jones thinks you're stupid
espn.go.com

Jones said he hadn’t received any phone calls about the controversy: “I just read a little note in the paper that the Seahawks pulled it out,” he said, quickly switching the subject to praise Seattle’s team.

Pressed further on the matter, Jones made his best sales pitch.

“We can have all kinds of what-ifs,” Jones said. “We’ve played three games and we’ve got 16 to play. It’s exciting. It gives us a lot to talk about on our shows that we have. But fundamentally, when I look at where the league is over the first three ballgames, it’s great. Lot of competition.”

That's pretty much all we need to know about the impact of last night. We'd love to hear where Pat Bowlen stands on this.

It’s just another Panic Monday: Jaws says Manning isn’t spinning the football

Jaws on Peyton: “The ball is not spinning out of his hand”
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

“It’s still a work in progress,” said Jaws. “And we have to remember Peyton is still going through therapy to get his arm strength to 100 percent. The only thing that really bothers me about Peyton right now, is the ball is not spinning out of his hand ala an Aaron Rodgers, a Matthew Stafford, the guys who really spin it. So I think that eventually will come when he gets healthy. But he made some mistakes in his progressions and reads, which is unusual for Peyton Manning. But in due time, all these misreads will be corrected. When I see the ball coming out of his hand, what I see is a little wobble on it. That’s not what you want to see. We like to see that thing spinning really nice, tight on a spiral.”

...One veteran scout was a bit more candid and harsh in a recent back-and-forth with NFL Network’s Albert Breer. “Peyton Manning can’t throw the ball anymore,” the scout observed.

Quick, everybody freak out.  Certainly you should go off on that dude in the next cubicle.

Feel better?  I do.  That guy next to you deserved it.

Now, let's talk about Peyton Manning's arm.  Ron Jaworski is right, of course.  Sometimes the ball isn't coming out of Manning's hand with much spin.  But let's not get into our hyperbaric hyperbolic chambers and write off the season just yet.  The real issue, which Jaworski rightly notes is Manning's reads, which to my eye, have been up and down during these first three games.

I'll take the wobble as long as Manning is making the right reads come Week 5.   

Kyle Shanahan goes erotic free verse with scab officials

Kyle Shanahan chased officials into tunnel on Sunday, reportedly swore at them; league to review
www.cbssports.com

Near the end of the game, Shanahan received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (which was tacked onto a five-yard false start penalty) forcing the Redskins to throw a Hail Mary from 20 yards further back than they expected. Dan Hellie of NBC Washington reports that “after the game Kyle Shanahan followed the refs as they were going into their locker room and had some choice words.”

ESPN 980 radio in Washington had, via a source, a more specific quote attributed to the younger Shanahan.

“You have no f***ing balls, you r a f***ing p***y,” Shanahan reportedly yelled at one of the refs.

After further review, the play near the locker room has been reversed.  Kyle Shanahan was actually saying: "You have no falling balls, you're a ducking posse."

What?  You gonna fine Mini Shanny for his free verse? 

Greg Schiano’s days are already numbered

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano regarded as bully around NFL well before kneel-down incident
sports.yahoo.com

In conversations with nearly a dozen NFL general managers, personnel executives, scouts and coaches familiar with Schiano’s time at Rutgers, I detected an almost unprecedented degree of resentment and disdain for a man who has yet to coach his third professional game. They believe his decision to instruct his defenders to blow up the Giants’ line and lunge at quarterback Eli Manning in a typically uncontested scenario was indicative of the unapologetic arrogance that made Rutgers a notoriously dreaded stop on most scouts’ itineraries during his tenure. In the words of one NFC personnel executive, “It was pure misery.”

It's only a matter of time now until Greg Schiano loses his gig in Tampa Bay.

Don't unpack fully, Greg - if you're not sure about that, see the prior examples of McDaniels, Josh, and TebowTimothy.

Silver coming to town for a feature story would make the Grim Reaper nervous.

Something does not compute here

Peyton Manning, the outsider
espn.go.com

While he continues to knock off the rust from missing all of last season, Peyton Manning should do this: Stay to the outside.

Manning is excelling outside of the painted numbers in the first two games of the season, but he is struggling in the middle of the field.

I don't find this article to be very intelligent, but I wanted to point something out here.  There has been a lot of media howling over the last few days about Peyton Manning's diminished arm strength, particularly from Jason Whitlock, but from plenty of others too.  Then good ol' Pork Chop says that Manning should stick to the outside. 

If Manning's arm strength really is diminished to a significant degree, that should limit his ability to throw outside, and make him most effective inside the numbers.  That's what we've seen from weak-armed guys like Chad Pennington and Colt McCoy, as well as legitimately diminished guys like Carson Palmer.  As NBC showed in week 1, Peyton's fastball to the outside is almost the same as it was in 2010.

What we're really dealing with here is small sample size, and an idiot who thinks he's doing "analysis" by taking numbers within that sample size, and drawing conclusions from it.  When you go 0-for-4 in the deep middle with 3 interceptions in one game, that's ugly, but let's see how it looks five or six games down the road before we start thinking about making pronouncements.

More from Replacement Refs Gone Wild

Replacement ref reportedly told LeSean McCoy, ‘I need you for my fantasy team!’
sports.yahoo.com

Now, we have another conflict case—and if this one is true, it’s a major stab at the integrity of the game. On Monday, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was talking with Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese of Philly’s 94WIP radio when the subject of replacement officials came up. “During the game, they made like a bad call or something, the ref, and I see Ray Lewis pump his chest up, trying to scare him. Don’t you know [the ref] started stuttering? I’m like, ‘what’s this?!’”

Well, most people would stutter if Ray Lewis was in their face. McCoy then had a more disturbing reveation. “They’re like fans. I’ll be honest, they’re like fans. One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, [and said], ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy [team],’ Uhhh, what?”

It’s not known who the official was, or if the official was joking, but even the appearance of this kind of impropriety is absolutely ridiculous. The NFL used to have a strict policy against any sort of wagering among its officials for this exact reason; nobody wants the specter of a crooked game hanging over the league’s head. Nobody wants an NFL version of Tim Donaghy.

How long, Roger?  How long before you get the message?  How much longer are you going to jerk around with the NFLRA over what amounts to scraps for you and your buddies?

Greg Aiello and the NFL are full of it

Replacement officials taking heat
espn.go.com

“Officiating is never perfect. The current officials have made great strides and are performing admirably under unprecedented scrutiny and great pressure,” Aiello said in an email to The Associated Press. “As we do every season, we will work to improve officiating and are confident that the game officials will show continued improvement.”

Reached for comment Tuesday, Aiello told ESPN in an email “that we are looking at how to improve officiating for the long term, and that is an important part of the negotiations with the NFLRA.”

Spare us the bullshit, Greg.

Teammate confirms Jay Cutler is a prick(ly) quarterback

D.J. Moore criticizes Jay Cutler
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Chicago Bears cornerback D.J. Moore called teammate Jay Cutler’s actions in the team’s loss Thursday to the Green Bay Packers, “wrong,” saying Cutler “is what he is,” and, “he’s always been that way so I don’t expect him to change.”

Cutler was seen screaming at offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb and bumping into him on the sideline during the 23-10 loss. Webb had a tough game trying to block Clay Matthews, who had 3 1/2 of the Packers’ seven sacks. Cutler threw four interceptions.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones four interceptions.