Congratulations to the New York Football Giants for defeating the Green Bay Packers to advance to the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco next week. It was a fantastic win, and New York QB Eli Manning once again proved that he must assuredly is an “elite quarterback.” (He is 2-0 vs. Aaron Rodgers in the postseason) But what I really want to talk about here is my rage over the horrendous, embarrassing officiating during today’s game at Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, Wisc. It was so bad that I thought I was watching an NBA game. This was a really tough win for Big Blue.
It could not have been more obvious that the officiating crew was trying to protect the defending Super Bowl champions and the league’s golden boy, Aaron Rodgers – even at the cost of tarnishing the perception of NFL officiating and the credibility of the league itself. We all know that so-called “good teams” get all the breaks when it comes to close calls, and that’s to be expected. However, there’s a world of difference between giving a team a few extra inches on a spot and completely making stuff up out of whole cloth. This isn’t just letting a cornerback get away with some hand jive; it’s calling stuff that isn’t there, and pretending stuff that is, isn’t.