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SEC Football Official that needs to be fired immediately


jamdawg1

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I think the player is the one that should be more embarrassed, being taken down by a person without any padding and helmet.... or maybe the official was "Giving him the business!"

I think there would be no reason for the player to be embarrassed, since he wasn't expecting the ref to take him down in the first place. ^_^

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Have you ever been an umpire (the position in question)? It's not as easy as you may think.

There is a reason that the Arena Football umpires were wearing helmets. It's a very prone position.

The umpire begins about 7 yards in the defensive backfield at the start of the play, moving towards the line of scrimmage at the snap to judge the legality of forward passes thrown. He has two options when the play comes near him:

A. Stay where he is, thus providing an unintentional pick for the ball carrier, since running into the umpire will slow down a defender.

B. Guess where the play is going to happen, and move to a different position out of the way. Guess correctly, and no contact is made. Guess incorrectly (as in the video clip), and either collide with the ball carrier, or knock a pursuing defender out of position.

This wasn't done on purpose. It rarely happens, but in this case not due to the result of the official doing anything wrong.

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As someone who was at the game with a rooting interest for the Gamecocks, ARGH. We managed to score anyway, but it still hurts knowing that the refs actually WERE playing against us.

No matter what you say, Jim, that Ump stepped into that hit and delivered it like a champ. ^_^

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[Andy Rooney]You ever notice how people only complain about :censored: when their team loses?[/Andy Rooney]

I had no rooting interest in that game whatsoever. I just saw that and thought WTF!!!

I'm surprised that the NFL Officials who worked Super Bowl XL didn't try that stunt on Seattle. They sure came up with almot every other convcievable way to screw the Seahawks over and hand the game to Pittsburgh.

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I saw the game and it was not intentional, but I do say that he was ready as if I remember right, he either got run over earlier or was almost run over. Honestly, what would you do? Protect yourself, or stand there like an idiot and let yourself get run over? In my books if you see and can't move, you protect yourself. If a team's going to use an umpire as a pick, then I think the umpire should protect himself when necessary.

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I'm surprised that the NFL Officials who worked Super Bowl XL didn't try that stunt on Seattle. They sure came up with almot every other convcievable way to screw the Seahawks over and hand the game to Pittsburgh.

Oh, come on.... two and a half years later? Really?

I'm going to agree with oddball on this one. I'm a hockey ref, and I've had players run into me on a number of occasions (usually right after I've moved to give them room). Let's face it, if I see it coming and know I can't get out of the way in time, I'm going to brace myself so I don't get taken down.

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Wrong place at the wrong time. Nothing more! It happens dozens of times every weekend. This one was just caught on tape. It isn't like he missed a 12 year old kid leaning over the fence and catching a fly ball and calling it a home run! If Ritchie Garcia can keep his job after that this guy is safe! :D

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