Larry Farina and His Pac-10 Officiating Crew
This weekend, a great college football game was played betwen the University of Washington and BYU. It was a tight, well contested game that saw Washington score with just seconds left on the clock to pull within one and make the score 28-27. As soon as UW’s QB Jake Locker scored with 2 seconds left in the game, he tossed the ball in the air and the officials tossed their flags. And everyone else tossed their cookies, cokes, booze and whatever else they could.
What a shame that the officials should decide the game. I know there’s a rule about excessive celebrating, but come on, Jake Locker wasn’t gloating, wasn’t near excessive and wasn’t embarassing anyone. He scored in a close game when a lot of adrenalin is pumping and crowds are cheering. I know that UW still had a chance to make a long extra point and didn’t. I know that BYU played well and also deserved to win. But which of the two teams deserves this? Which team deserves to have their great game decided or at least severely affected by an official on a ridiculous celebration penalty. My goodness, let the kids play, let them be reasonable when something good happens. Who is protecting who?
Can we dispense already with it and let the kids play and enjoy the game, while still protecting the integrity of the game? I say shame on the officials in this game and for the ultra-strict interpretation of a rule gone wrong