Sunday, November 18, 2007

Browns 33, Ravens 30
So you want to kick to Josh Cribbs, huh?

Some of my BG News friends may remember the way I raved about Josh after watching him play twice against the Falcons. I was convinced the then-quarterback was going to be a star. Of course, I figured he'd make it as a quarterback. Josh Harris, Ben Rothlisberger and Cribbs all played quarterback at BGSU in 2003, so I saw all of them. The player that impressed me the most was Cribbs.

Now, he's the best returner in the NFL. And he was the biggest reason the Browns beat the Ravens in overtime, 33-30.

Matt Stover kicked what appeared to be a game-winning field goal with 23 seconds to go in the game.

But Baltimore kicked to Josh, and he carried about four guys with him as he took the ball to the 41 yard line.

Three-hundred and six return yards. And they kick to Josh.

- I called my parents after the Phil Dawson kick at the end of regulation. By the time I was done complaining, the referees had reversed themselves. Interesting.



At 7:59 AM , Anonymous Erik said...

The biggest reason the Browns won on Sunday was that the refs couldn't agree on whether Dawson's kick at the end of regulation was good or not. If both of them agreed the kick was no good, I think it would have been much harder, if not impossible, to lobby for a discussion.

The NFL needs to give refs the freedom to review such plays on a case-by-case basis. The argument that "field goals can't be reviewed because everyone would want to have kicks reviewed" is ludicrous. Field goals are pretty cut-and-dried 99.9 percent of the time. The ball passes between the uprights and over the crossbar, it's good. Otherwise, it's no good.

The other one-tenth of one percent when the outcome is in question should be reviewable. Replays would have clearly shown the refs that Dawson's kick was good. To think that the call could have been blown despite the availabllity of irrefutable video evidence to the contrary is the kind of things that keep Browns fans up at night.

We've been screwed over by the refs before (2001 bottle-throwing game). At least it didn't happen this time. But it could have.


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