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Old 10-14-2011, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Bottlegate in Cleveland: Officials pelted after worst call in NFL history

I'm assuming that most longtime NFL fans have seen this video, but I know that we have a lot of semi-new NFL fans around, so allow me to introduce the most atrocious piece of officiating in NFL history.

I will set the stage...

It is December 2001. The Cleveland Browns, in just their second season since the return of the franchise, were poised to make its first postseason appearance in 11 years. It was one of those do-or-die games, with the Browns sitting at 6-7 coming in, but had they won, they would have been in the driver's seat for a Wildcard berth at 7-7 with the way things were working out that year.

Fast-forward to the fourth quarter of a poorly played game from a Browns' fans perspective...

Trailing 15-10 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tim Couch led a furious drive and, with under a minute left and on a fourth-and-1, Couch hit Quincy Morgan for a first down at around the Jaguars' 10-yard line. It was ruled a catch and, with the clock ticking away, Couch sprinted up to the line-of-scrimmage, the rest of the team scrambled to get in place, the ball was snapped and Couch killed the clock with 48 seconds left.

The stadium was going nuts. The playoffs were potentially 10 yards away and we had all of the momentum in the world.

As the fans waited for the players to line up and get the next play underway in what was hoped to be a dramatic win, the official huddled up.

What were they doing? Was this a clock issue? Maybe they would add more time for us? What was happening? Surely, it couldn't be bad.

After all, a play had been run since the Morgan catch, so it couldn't possibly be.... reviewed.


At that very moment, official Terry McAulay ran over to the instant replay monitor. What was he doing? There was literally no communication between the officials and the television viewing audience or those in the stadium. No one had any clue what was happening, including the commentators.

As this continued, the crowd grew rowdy.

McAulay then finally announced that he was reviewing the Morgan catch... WHAT?!?! Not possible. We ran another play!

As he stood under the monitor, bottles were being thrown on the field.



....It was about to get worse.


McAulay finally turned on his microphone and announced that they had reviewed the the Morgan catch, which happened two plays ago, and that it was ruled incomplete. The crowd went ballistic. The field was showered with debris. The officials tried to explain what was happening to Browns' hed coach Butch Davis to no avail. It was getting really ugly.

McAulay turned his mic back on and announced, "the game is over" with 48 seconds still to play.


What ensued was one of the craziest moments in NFL history, as the officials had to find a way off of the field with a stadium full of Browns' fans ready to start a riot.

Now that the stage has been properly set, here is the video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQjaPVwmnAM

Only the Browns could lose in this fashion.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:49 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bottlegate in Cleveland: Officials pelted after worst call in NFL history

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Browns fans hurled thousands of plastic beer bottles onto the field at Cleveland Browns Stadium yesterday, but owner Al Lerner and team President Carmen Policy said they couldn't blame them.

The two were so upset about the way the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars ended, they looked as if they wanted to throw something themselves.

Browns coach Butch Davis injured his knee avoiding a beer bottle and was limping after the game. Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell used Davis as a blocking back on his way into the locker room.

The officials had to have a police escort to leave the Stadium, and a Cleveland police officer said she was slugged in the face by a fan.


The pandemonium occurred with 48 seconds left in a 15-10 loss to the Jaguars, when replay officials said an apparent catch by Browns receiver Quincy Morgan was incomplete. The ruling came after the Browns had run another play, and put the ball in the hands of the Jaguars.

Immediately after the call, the shower began from all three levels of seats: plastic beer bottles, water bottles, a few Tim Couch bobblehead dolls (one hit a Browns equipment assistant) and some radios. It got so bad officials at first called the game, but then were ordered by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to finish it.

Asked if he was embarrassed by the actions of the fans, Policy said, "I am not criticizing the fans at all, because I don't think it's appropriate today. I think a lot has happened. The fans' hearts have been ripped out. I am not condoning what the fans did, and I'm not criticizing it. I am not condoning what the officials did."

"If I'm not going to criticize the officials, I'm certainly not going to criticize the fans of Cleveland," Policy said.

He did, however, level a shot at the officials when he said, "If we won this way down in Jacksonville, I would expect it [the fan reaction]. We wouldn't criticize their fans, either."

Policy didn't think anyone was in great danger on the field.

"Those are plastic bottles and I don't think they carry much of a wallop," Policy said. "As a practical matter, we've seen situations in prior years at Cleveland Stadium such as batteries being thrown. I don't think this is an example of life and limb being at risk. No one got hurt. . . .

"But I don't think Cleveland will take a black eye from this. I like the fact that our fans cared."

Lt. Sharon MacKay, Cleveland police spokeswoman, said the Browns hire security officers for inside the stadium and it was not clear last night if any fans had been arrested because of the bottle-throwing incident. She did say, however, that one person was arrested on assault charges for punching a traffic policeman outside the stadium. One fan, Daniel Mark Collins of Toledo, didn't get out of the melee unscathed.

"A beer bottle came from the upper deck. I looked up to see it, and it hit me in the forehead and gave me a pretty good gash," Collins said.

One Browns assistant said the 4-year old child of another assistant was hit in the head with a cup.

Lerner went out onto the field to experience the chaos firsthand. He was guarded by Browns security director Lew Merletti, the former head of the Secret Service.

"It wasn't pleasant - I wouldn't suggest anything like that, but it wasn't World War III," he said. "It was a very emotional situation. It's our third year, we haven't had football in Cleveland for a while. . . . People reacted and nobody for one second is condoning that, nor do we think they should plug in the electric chair as soon as they find each of those people."

While Policy and Lerner did not directly criticize the officials, Director of Football Operations Dwight Clark did.

"There probably could've been a little bit better communication between the refs and their announcements to the fans because it was confusing to everybody," he said. "I didn't really know what happened until I came in here and had Butch explain to us what the referees told him. There was a lot of frustration from the fans and a lot of confusion."

Clark also did not think Morgan's 3-yard catch on fourth down to the Jaguars' 9 should've been overturned.

"From what I saw on TV, I thought Quincy had the ball when his feet came down and to me, that's what constitutes a catch," Clark said.

Davis was a voice of reason on the bottle-throwing.

"I'm disappointed that all of those things got thrown on the field," he said. "I know the fans were upset. But our guys were getting hit along with the Jaguars and the officials. It's an unfortunate situation."

Most Browns players defended the fans, but some, such as cornerback Daylon McCutcheon, were also dismayed by the display.

"I think it's disappointing," McCutcheon said. "I understand that the fans were disappointed, but by taking those actions, they not only endangered other fans but players and referees, coaches and everybody.

"I saw some fans staring straight at players and throwing bottles at them," he said. "I had 10 family members there and I was worried about them. Cleveland is known for having great fans, and now people around the league will taunt us because of this."

Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin was mortified.

"That was bad," he said. "That is not football. They were not throwing water bottles, they were throwing full beer bottles. If they hit one of the kids on the field, it could have been serious, very serious."

Concluded Browns guard Brad Bedell: "It's an embarrassment. People might not like this, but it's a reflection on the whole city. It doesn't look good."

http://www.cleveland.com/browns/inde...428490132.html








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Old 10-14-2011, 02:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bottlegate in Cleveland: Officials pelted after worst call in NFL history

Recent analysis on the NFL Network about Bottlegate...

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Old 10-14-2011, 06:07 AM   #4
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I've never heard of this before. Imagine if that happened in Philly. Hundreds dead.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:19 AM   #5
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There's never, ever, any excuse for that. Gross.

Boo, yell, make all the gestures you want, whatever. You don't potentially injure someone for doing their job because your team lost.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:25 AM   #6
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There's never, ever, any excuse for that. Gross.

Boo, yell, make all the gestures you want, whatever. You don't potentially injure someone for doing their job because your team lost.
They are plastic bottles
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:35 AM   #7
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There's never, ever, any excuse for that. Gross.

Boo, yell, make all the gestures you want, whatever. You don't potentially injure someone for doing their job because your team lost.
every play in football is potential injury.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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They are plastic bottles
That makes it OK.
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every play in football is potential injury.
So just chuck shit at a player every time he fumbles?

People're really going to make excuses for this? Because a call went against the football team you root for somehow you're not a piece of shit for throwing something at a defenseless person? Grow the **** up.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:54 PM   #9
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That makes it OK.
So just chuck shit at a player every time he fumbles?

People're really going to make excuses for this? Because a call went against the football team you root for somehow you're not a piece of shit for throwing something at a defenseless person? Grow the **** up.
I'm thinking more along these lines. Those people can say they're dedicated, loyal, avid fans or whatever but nothing really excuses throwing shit on the field.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:09 PM   #10
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I was a young whippasnappa when this happened. Now im grown mens
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:46 PM   #11
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Plastic balls travelled at a fast enough velocity which leads me to believe they werent empty. Add liquid in a plastic bottle and fling it? It'll hurt.

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every play in football is potential injury.

Whats your point tho? Players getting injured by other players is one thing. Its within the game. Players getting injured by outsiders such as fans is another thing.
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I've never heard of this before. Imagine if that happened in Philly. Hundreds dead.

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:56 PM   #13
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pete what are you like 19? How do you not remember this unless I miss a joke or white text.
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i never saw this but i heard about it when i was in college. we didnt have youtube back then. very interesting stuff. what a screw up by the referees. i liked the way the fans responded but still its never classy to throw stuff on the field and endangering the players/coaches/staff.

sad day for footballl
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i never saw this but i heard about it when i was in college. we didnt have youtube back then. very interesting stuff. what a screw up by the referees. i liked the way the fans responded but still its never classy to throw stuff on the field and endangering the players/coaches/staff.

sad day for footballl

So thats how you get sports news? Youtube?
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