There was much talk Monday about the blown call by Ed Hochuli in the Denver Broncos/San Diego Chargers game on Sunday. Personally, I blame the NFL rules that prevent the referee from “fixing” this mistake after review. But clearly, Ed Hochuli admits he was also to blame and really feels badly about it. I feel he showed great class in stepping up and taking responsibility, and in personally discussing it with Norv Turner right after the game. I believe he’s a good ref who’s getting a bad rap.
I also must note that despite two botched calls, San Diego still had the opportunity to win and didn’t. As a Vikings fan who feels there were missed calls in Minnesota’s game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday (and I’m not the only one), I wish I could blame the loss on the play-calling. But that is a “loser’s lament” and we must admit that really good teams find a way to win, despite bad calls. True, the technology is there to allow these understandable human errors to be corrected. When they are not, it’s a loss all around. But it’s still just a loss.