Amazinz wrote:This story is getting blown out of proportion. The NFL did not publicly admit anything. This is the whole quote the story is based. I'd like to see one from an NFL official if you know of it:
"I had a conversation with the league, and there were mistakes that were made, which we felt at the time," said Seattle coach Mike Holmgren.
Secondly, why would the NFL admit to blowing the Toomer call? I have the game saved and have watched the replay of both plays more than a few times. There is absolutely no doubt that both of Toomer's feet landed in the endzone. None. There was extreme pass interference on the play as well that was missed.
The validity of the Shockey catch is based on unclear "catch" rules that nobody fully understands. It definitely was a catch, it's just was it a catch long enough? So I can see them saying this was a blown call but the call (if it was blown) wasn't bad enough to apologize for.
Ok, so we have a major news organization reporting that Holmgren got word from the NFL that they blew the calls. If that's not true, you're saying the NFL wouldn't tell FOX Sports to pull the story? Think again. The sole fact that the NFL is silent about this report speaks volumes to its validity. Sorry to burst your bubble.
And I somewhat agree with you about Toomer's catch. Although I don't think it was clear that his right foot landed in the end zone rather than on his other foot, I don't think there was enough evidence to overturn the call on the field. I also don't think there would have been enough evidence to overturn it if it had originally been called a non-catch.
Shockey's TD, however, was most certainly not a catch. You have to have control of the ball and get both feet down, which never happened. I don't understand how the rules are that hard to understand. You can have one foot (or no feet) down if you have control of the ball and get pushed out of bounds. But that never happened. He had the ball, got one foot down in the middle of the end zone, then got his bell rung and didn't hold onto the ball. NO CATCH. It's not that difficult of a concept.