By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
I’ll get this started by saying this: I may be covering the NFC East and all of the NFC North, but it’s still #OnePride all day long over here. And I’ll be even more honest, it’s sometimes really hard when I have to play nice and write good stuff about the NFC North rivals. After Monday night, it got even harder.
It’s been almost 24 hours since the infamous Monday Night Game that I’m writing this, and it’ll be almost 36 hours by the time you read this since the latest travesty in the saga between the Lions and the referees. So, I’ve had time to cool off.
Apparently, I needed it, because I went on a mini-rant at work yesterday. And that never happens. Well, me ranting in regards to Lions football anyway.
oh my god the refs bailed out Green Bay with a nonexistent hands-to-the-face penalty on third-and-long FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS QUARTER
(both on Trey Flowers, good lord) pic.twitter.com/Hg3k0OxS3L
— Christian D’Andrea (@TrainIsland) October 15, 2019
But, I think the thing that makes me angriest is that things like that keep happening to the Lions. Yes, I know refs make bad calls all the time to other teams. Yes, I realize that pretty much every fanbase feels like the refs are out to get them, but come on. Crazy calls consistently happen to the Lions that in some way, shape, or form cost them a game.
Former Detroit Lion linebacker Stephen Tulloch tweeted it perfectly.
— Stephen Tulloch (@stephentulloch) October 15, 2019
SIX separate incidences outside of Monday night and a couple of more that I can think of that Tulloch didn’t mention. Are these purely coincidence? Or is it a sign of a deeper problem with officiating? Honestly, I don’t know anymore, and I can’t come up with a good solution. Can you? But one thing is for certain, officials need to have some accountability.
Many may say, and have said, that it wouldn’t have been an issue if the Lions scored touchdowns instead of kicking field goals. Sure. But does the officiating get better when you score touchdowns? Nope. The two are not mutually exclusive. Sometimes you just don’t score touchdowns. Defenses bend but don’t break all the time.
Like, you can argue the #Browns should have had less turnovers or the #Lions could have scored more TDs, but the reality is that SHOULDN’T MATTER. If one team stops (or doesn’t stop) another, & a BS call wipes away a goodplay that directly impacts the game, that is on the refs.
— Sunset Shimmer, forever. (@BluexXHorizon) October 15, 2019
At this point, I have nothing left to say. As a Lions fan, you sort of get used to this, but it still isn’t easy at all. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that regardless of how well or how badly the Lions play, officiating is going to come into play. It just is. Do the Lions have to play with that in the back of their minds all the time?
After Monday night, I’ll just assume so.
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