Officials Gone Wild


  1. By Cheval John
    Reporter, Vallano Media

    Officials don't get it right all the time.

    They're human too and are bound to make a mistake time and again.

    With that said, some of those mistakes can cost a team a chance to either make it to the playoffs or even a championship game.

    Just ask the 1985 St.Louis Cardinals team, who would have won the World Series if it wasn't for a blown call at first base.

  2. 1985 World Series Game 6 - 9th Inning
  3. Or even the no-call on Wayne Gretzsky when he hit Doug Gilmore with a high stick back in 1993. Toronto Maple Leafs when they were bounced out of the playoffs on a game-winning overtime goal by Wayne Gretzsky.

    They felt that Gretzsky should have been thrown ejected after he hit Doug Gilmore with a high stick that left him bloodied minutes before he scored.

  4. Wayne Gretzky's High Stick No Call On Doug Gilmour. (HD) 1993: Game #6 WCF - Toronto Vs Los Angeles
  5. That allowed Gretzsky to stay in the game and later, score the game-winner that allowed the Los Angeles Kings to advance.
  6. 1993: The Great One, two and three vs Maple Leafs
  7. Well, officials are not immune in collegiate play.

    In a soccer where Sam Houston State Bearkats faced Oral Roberts Golden Eagles at Pritchett Field in Huntsville, Texas,  there was a "questionable" called that turned the tide of the game.

    Sam Houston was 4-3 in Southland Conference play coming into the match while ORU was among the leaders in the conference with a  6-2 record

    The Bearkats was leading 1-0 after a great goal by Shannon Shields in the 52nd minute.

    Sam Houston had the Golden Eagles on their heels for most of the second half and seemed to be on their way to a huge win.

    That was when things started to get interesting when in the 75th minute, a ORU player pulled a defender down in the penalty area while they were trying to score.

    The main official made a dubious call by awarding ORU a penalty shot instead of a goal kick.

    The Golden Eagles capitalized and even the score at 1 apiece and sent it into overtime.

    "I think the penalty kick was a poor decision based on the way the game have been called," Bearkat coach Tom Brown said. "That's the way it goes."

    Despite that horrendous call, the Bearkats had three chances to put in the overtime winner, but couldn't get it done.

    On the other hand, Oral Roberts was able to take advantage of their opportunity in the second overtime when Jordan Parsons headed it in past goalie Kylie Hamberton for the game-winner.

    In the end, officials can't always get it right.

    At the same time, those dreadful decisions can cost a team an important victory.

    Of course, most officials will not admit their mistake even after it was proven that they were the ones that cost a team a victory.

    While some officials will be man enough to say that I screwed up.

    Jim Joyce is in the select few of those who takes accountability for the mistake and that is why he is the most respected in Major League Baseball. 
  8. Perfect Sportsmanship