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Replacement Ref says he gave the 49ers two challenges he didn’t have

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The past two weeks the replacement refs have been taking a lot of flack for their performances and a referee admitting he didn’t know the rules is going to be a giant blow to their credibility.  Especially when most regular football fans know the rules.

According to the Associated Press, replacement referee Ken Roan said after the game that he awarded 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh with two additional challenges because he didn’t know the rules. Apparently, Harbaugh called his final timeout and then challenged a fumble, and the referee ruled in his favor.  But the ref shouldn’t have awarded him a challenge because the 49ers were out of timeouts.

Later in the game on the Vikings next possession, Harbaugh called another timeout (when he was already out of timeouts), and challenged another play.  How on earth Harbaugh was awarded another timeout is beyond me, but then to have the replacement referee award Harbaugh with these two challenges after he had already used his two challenges earlier in the game is beyond me.

The negotiations are still far a part because the NFL doesn’t want to give the referees full-time benefits for a part-time job, but at this point, the NFL should just give in.  The league is looking worse and worse, and eventually it is going to cost someone in playoff contention dearly.  Luckily for the league, the Vikings still won, so the challenges didn’t matter, but this still makes them look horrible.

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2 Comments

  1. Jerry

    September 24, 2012 at

    This is what you said: “but then to have the replacement referee award Harbaugh with these two challenges after he had already used his two challenges earlier in the game is beyond me.”
    Maybe you should watch the game before you write something about a game. Jim Harbaugh didn’t use 2 challenges earlier in the game. Those 2 challenges he used at the end of the game was the only 2 challenges he used period. The only problem was he called his final timeout to stop the clock with over 2 minutes left. During that time out he asked for it be changed to a challenge which the ref granted. He won the challenge and received the timeout back. Then he used his second challenge cause the guy fumbled again. He lost the challenge because the guy recovered his own football this time. So he lost his final timeout with that one. The problem was the ref should not have changed the original timeout to a challenge since that isn’t what Harbaugh initially asked for. That would mean there would be no time outs left. But the ref did grant his request to change it to a challenge. That is how he had a timeout. I watched the entire game. When someone writes about a game they obviously didn’t watch or pay attention to is beyond me.

    • DeeDee

      September 24, 2012 at

      You obviously didnt watch the game. The ref screwed up, plain and simple. The announcers were even dumbfounded while the whole thing was unfolded. Games should never come down to ref calls though.

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