by The GM on September 21 at 10:41PM
I had the pleasure of going to the Colts' game against the Jaguars today and I must say...that was probably one of the worst officiated games I've ever seen.  I'm not one to really blame the officials, but today the game was given to the Jacksonville Jaguars on a platter.

addaijags.jpgAfter the Colts made what should have been the game winning drive with just a little over a minute left in the game, Jacksonville took the ball on their own 20, with all three of their timeouts left.

The Jags ran two plays without calling a timeout and the clock was down to 35 seconds.  The Colts defense did their job and stopped the J-ville offense on 4th down.  David Garrard threw an incomplete pass on 4th down and the stadium erupted in cheers.  Oh, but wait, 5 seconds later, a flag comes out.  PASS INTERFERENCE!?!?!  After the replay was shown on the TVs in the stadium, 65,000+ fans agreed that there was not even an inkling of pass interference.  It might have been the worst call ever.  I'll just call this one, the Phantom Pass Interference.  Of course, with the 15 yards extra on 4TH DOWN, the Jags ended up in field goal range and 51 yards later, Jacksonville left Indianapolis with a 23-21 gimme from the officials.

Along with the big call, the officials missed plenty of calls in this one.  Marvin Harrison was held pretty much on every pass play thrown his way and there was only one flag thrown.  The only reason that flag was thrown was because Marvin's jersey was pulled down so much you could see his chest plates on his shoulder pads.  The two previous plays, Marvin was pulled down by his jersey and then tackled before the ball was even in the area.  Another really bad call was when Dallas Clark was absolutely LEVELED by a defender who launched himself into Clark's helmet.  Clark was shaken up on the play, the pass was incomplete and there was no flag thrown.  OUTSTANDING!!!!!

Thumbnail image for cheerbabe.jpgAs for the rest of the game, the stadium experience was again outstanding.  However, the acoustics in Lucas Oil Stadium are not even close to what they were in the RCA Dome.  It is hard to hear the announcers on the PA system and the sound just seems to bounce around and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was being said.  The in game music is still solid though!

My only other complaint from the game would be some of the "fans".  I will say this...IF YOU GO TO A GAME, STAY OFF YOUR DAMN CELL PHONE!  Not one single person around you wants to hear your conversations of, "Can you see me?  I'm standing up, waving my hands.  No, over to your left.  A little more left.  Your other left.  No, wait, my left, your right.  I'm under the scoreboard, but almost at a 54 degree angle from the big clock."  Again, nobody cares to hear that.  I'm talking to you lady with the incredibly high pitched, annoying voice.  How about paying attention to the game and cheering on your team!?!

A lot of things didn't go right today.  The Colts lost, the officials blew a lot of calls, the run defense was beyond poor, and I didn't get to sit next to this lovely, young lady to my right.

Now that the Colts are 1-2, they are fighting an uphill battle to get back into the lead in the AFC South.  Next week is a bye, so hopefully we can get some more of our walking wounded back to 100%.  I'm not really sure how I will handle this loss tomorrow... 





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