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The Sports Revolution: And-One Penalties

PI's just like a bench press for Ed.Let me set the scene for you: A quarterback launches a long pass down the sideline toward an emergingly open receiver. The defensive back, sensing what is about to occur, prevents a completion through less than legal means. And yet, even while a flag is being thrown, the receiver makes a tremendous catch anyway. The penalty is declined.

Let me reset the scene for you: After the flag is thrown and the catch is made, our referee announces the penalty while his assistants march off additional yardage. How much exactly? Why, the amount gained on the play, to be precise.

That’s right: Football needs its and-one. A catch made in spite of pass interference shouldn’t render the interference irrelevant. The same penalty should be meted out regardless of the completion of the pass, and thus a 20-yard pass despite PI should become a 40-yard gain.

Pierre has argued this point before, in regards to that officiating shambles of an indoor winter sport. While watching my beloved Ligue canadienne de football this autumn, it has struck me that North American football does an even more piteous job acknowledging degree of difficulty than its indoor companion. Penalties that do not alter the final result of a play are simply declined—overlooked, ignored, erased from the annals of the postgame almanacs.

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NFL Preview Bonanza: Ranking the Refs

I’ve always been disproportionately proud of my ability to discern all NFL referees by both sight and voice. It’s a talent developed over years of watching myriad NFL games and unnecessary research on Wikipedia.

The fruit of my toiling is here for you now, a completely personalized and very arbitrary ranking of the NFL referees.

17. Ron Winter

Ron Winter is a ref who doesn’t play by the rules, and that’s really the problem. Winter, who seems like a nice guy who just doesn’t give a crap, captained the biggest officiating debacle of the decade in the 2002 Wild Card game between the Giants and 49ers, so suffice to say we’re not on good terms. Plus, I used to get him confused with former ref Ron Blum, who was also not very good.

16. Carl Cheffers

I have no idea who this guy is, which means he’s never reffed an important game.

15. Jeff Triplette

I’m pretty sure one of the first things you learn at Referee College is not to blind one of the players. Triplette also didn’t have the guts to call this a safety.

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