This weekend we saw the call of "unsportsmanlike conduct" for celebrating levied on the LSU punter that took a touchdown off the board. Never mind that the language of the rule governing that call says that the celebration must be "egregious," which is defined as "Conspicuously bad or offensive, flagrant and glaring." Now I don't know if you saw his celebration, but here it is after the jump.
I guess it's a judgement call, but does that look egregious? Then in the Saints game, Turk McBride and Sedrick Ellis of the Saints were tagged with a ridiculous "Roughing the Passer" call when taking down Cam Newton in the third quarter with the Saints up 23-13. Both analysts calling the game said it was obviously a bad call and was in no way roughing. Payton was clearly livid with the officials. The Panther's drive continued and they eventually scored a touchdown when they should have been punting to the Saints. Luckily in the end it didn't matter, but what if the final result had been different?
Since we have NFL Sunday Ticket, we usually watch the majority of several games and bits and pieces of most of them. I have seen the same problem crop up time and again in all games against all different teams. Maybe in the end the bad calls just even out. But I've got to wonder if the referees calling the games are ever held accountable if a bad call makes a difference in the outcome of a game? Is it just me, or do you agree that there seems to be an awful lot of bad calls taking place this year? I know that they are interested in protecting players and promoting safety and sportsmanship, but to what end? At what point do they step back and realize that they are taking some of the excitement out of the game?