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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Why the Sooners' affair isn't over

Sorry folks, this ain't out of my brain yet.

Lost in the media's apoplectic fit that David Boren demand high standards and accountability is the fact that the stories out of Oregon are contradictory. You have Pac-10 officials saying all the angles were available, while Gordon Riese, the replay official who is doing his best job possible of painting himself as a victim (memo to media: the Sooner fans who are making the death threats can't even find Oregon on a map), claims they weren't. If Riese doesn't shut up, the rest of the world is going to figure this out and the Pac-10 is going to hang him out to dry. As it is, I think he's called his last game.

Also, if you go back to the first link, you'll see near the end of the Q&A a statement that best supports the Pac-10 officiating policy - they don't have enough crews. The Pac-10 has six officiating crews and some spare guys who can substitute. That's fine during the conference schedule (five games with a full slate), but not in September when a BCS conference has a heavy load of home games.

Boren made his request to serve a constituency (ever the politician) demanding a lot more. He also asked for more than he was expecting. Still, if this incident doesn't force the Pac-10 to change their officiating policy (and I think they'll eventually do it, quietly, around March), nothing will.

Comments on "Why the Sooners' affair isn't over"

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 AM, September 20, 2006) : 

Its to bad.. I come here to read alittle hockey. Its usually easier to read here than google search everything.. Just a real bummer to have to read on and on about the Sooner football gabage. What is the name of this site? oh yea Junior HOCKEY blog!

 

Blogger Marc Foster said ... (11:05 AM, September 20, 2006) : 

It's been less than 36 hours since my last hockey-related post.

Get over yourself.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:56 PM, September 20, 2006) : 

COME ON!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:18 PM, September 20, 2006) : 

Marc bust out the ole AHHHHHH COME ON talking faces with you sporting the OU hat...those were classic and would fit this disgraceful situation perfectly!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 AM, September 21, 2006) : 

Here's some hockey news. That WHA league in BC looks like it's really going to start! They've got schedules on their website, such as it is, and dates for games this weekend. Has anyone heard anything about what they've got?

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:00 PM, September 21, 2006) : 

I talked to a WHL scout who went to watch the WHA tryout camp. He said he was surprised at the caliber of players he saw. I'm wondering if their 'play for free' policy drew some junior B players away from the PI and Kootenay.

 

Blogger Goon said ... (2:58 PM, September 22, 2006) : 

I say get over it, the officials made a bad call, its stupid that fans are making threats to the officials. Its a game how childish are the people in Oklahoma.

 

Blogger Marc Foster said ... (3:08 PM, September 22, 2006) : 

The guy that is claiming the threats (Gordon Riese) is the same guy that's been caught lying about the extent of the video feed from ABC... I suspect his leave of absence was forced by the Pac-10, and that he'll never work another game.

Oklahoma fans are no more/less childish than any other fanbase in the country that's been so royally screwed. Think about it this way... if the ref had screwed up a soccer game somewhere in the world on the same scale as OU-Oregon, would he survive even a week?

 

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