Vikings vent at questionable officiating calls

  • Article by: Mark Craig , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 6:37 AM


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ottlukkDec. 8, 1310:41 PM

Bad calls? Nothing like the e-pulltab call that Dayton and Rybak called on the taxpayers of this state. Cry me a river. A bad call on the field is nothing compared to what these two politicians did to their constituents.

bigbradDec. 8, 1311:09 PM

I'm sure it's the Refs fault the Vikings are 3-9-1 too... No way it could be the fault of the owner, general manager, or coaches and players...

BCanniffDec. 8, 1311:11 PM

If they are going to have instant replay then they should use it on pass interference calls too. They decide more games then any other penalty. Those refs could be forgiven one or two bad calls, but four should earn them dismissal.

thekid7777Dec. 8, 1311:24 PM

Judging by the nature of the stories posted here and the comments left by readers, the Star Tribune must be the rag to read if you hate the Vikings.

sloughfoxDec. 9, 1312:55 AM

if one viking gets fined for commenting on the officiating without the league quietly separating themselves from the services of that crew how can any thinking person not conclude that the fixing goes right to the top.

sloughfoxDec. 9, 13 1:16 AM

of course the Vikings are and have been pathetic most of this year, but that is beside the serious questions regarding integrity this game should force the nfl to address. the nba too for that matter if the panicky refereeing that went on in last nights wolves/heat game until the correct spread was established is any indication. we cynics have pretty recent history backing our concern.

rayk1800Dec. 9, 13 1:30 AM

You would think instant replay would have better results. However, many of the replays you see on TV seem to make the officials look incompetent. You see penalties not called. Penalties that aren't penalties. And bad calls regardless of having instant replay. Maybe they should just drop the instant replays and reviews. Go back to the way it way.

edkroetenDec. 9, 13 1:42 AM

The only call that was even questionable was the fumble, which obviously wasn't a fumble. The others the PI gets called like that all the time the refs were consistent on that. Berger call marginal, but good teams make their own breaks.

akursusDec. 9, 13 2:30 AM

Well I'd like to visit Goodell's office-----I don't like to play the blame the refs game, but there is no doubt there were some very poor calls that were at very pivotal times of the game. I tried to be objective and not drink the purple koolaid, but found myself scratching my head! Sometimes I wonder if not just the NFL, but pro sports are a bit rigged----Look no further than the Saints Bounty Gate game----New Orleans in the Super Bowl was good for the league and for that pooooooor city after Katrina and all. . . . .The NFL knows where it needs to keep its fan interest and where the money is. And those dog gone miserable Vikings almost screwed it up for them again today-----they were making it a better game than what the Vegas wise guys suspected----especially that Patterson guy. The betting spread was getting out of hand and away from them (especially in the last couple minutes, despite a couple pivotal calls earlier in the game that were supposed to give the Ravens an extra boost), so to make it right for example they had to make sure and give the Ravens a chance to score at the end by putting them in range with a "pass interference" call that could be called on any and every play. I mean-----if they didn't call it, that Vikings interception would seal the deal. Besides-----the Super Bowl Champs deserve an extra break or two right?. . . .

ActTwoDec. 9, 13 7:22 AM

I guess the lesson is, win a Super Bowl and you get some calls, ask the Patriots.


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