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Torry Holt Accuses Referee of Cheating in Battle of 2-11 Teams

Dec 15, 2008 – 12:30 PM
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Adam Gretz

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While the NFL story of the day is the touchdown call in the Steelers-Ravens game, there was another referee controversy to come out of Sunday's action. The only reason nobody seems to be outraged by this one is, presumably, because it involved Seattle and St. Louis, a pair of teams who entered play this week with a combined record of 4-22.

Of course, that shouldn't matter, because everyone plays for the same reason -- to win the game. So let's evenly distribute our anger, football fans.

According to St. Louis wide receiver Torry Holt, the referees in Sunday's game used the stadium's video screen to call a questionable pass interference call on Holt, negating a 20-yard completion. Here's what Holt had to say after the game:
"He said he looked up in the Jumbotron and saw that I pushed off," said Holt, who is in his 10th year with the Rams (2-12). "I told him I never extended my arm. It is one thing if you extended, because that is pass interference. But everything was in motion catching the football. I don't even know if I had my hands on the guy. "That was his explanation, and I told him it was a bad call."
Normally, I think teams, players and fans that point the finger at officials for losing are simply passing the buck for their own shortcomings, because there was probably another event in the game that you had control over that hurt you just as much, if not more, than that "bad call."

Rams coach Jim Haslett refused to comment on the call, while quarterback Marc Bulger had an odd take on it, essentially saying that, yes, Holt did push off.
"You just don't see a lot of offensive pass interference called in this league. Torry made such a nice catch there. I think he did (push off)," Bulger said. "It wasn't just one play that cost us this game."
Thank you, Marc, it wasn't just one play. Still, it's odd, at least a little bit, that he would openly speak out and say, yeah, he probably did push off, after Holt was so darn sure that he didn't push off.

That said, using the Jumbotron to make a call is terribly weak, in my opinion. Have you ever tried to watch a play on the Jumbotron at a game? It's not exactly the best picture of what's going on. Still, as Bulger said, "It wasn't just one play." Exactly.
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