Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Poor Sportsmanship

A clear mistake was made by the PAC 10 officiating crew during the Oklahoma-Oregon game on Saturday. However, mistakes happen and Oregon won the game 34-33. Just think of all the mistakes that were made before instant replay.

I believe in good sportsmanship and a positive attitude even if I lose or my team loses. But the reaction from the University of Oklahoma, and their fans, is very poor at best.

University of Oklahoma president David Boren sent a letter Monday to Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg, saying the officiating problems was beyond an "outrageous injustice," and asking him to pursue having the game eliminated from the record books and having the officials involved in the game suspended for the remainder of the season.

Not only this, but the instant replay official is receiving death threats for blowing the call. Death threats for making a mistake!

I wonder if this poor display of sportsmanship and attitude would be the same if a blown call were made against a smaller, less known university. A university that simply appreciated just playing the game of football.


misawa said...

I had roughly the same thoughts last week when Steve Spurrier started whining about how the officials blew calls during their game with UGA. I found it ironic considering that he used to be a run-it-in-your-face type winner; now he's a sore loser to go along with it.

I didn't see any of that game, but I could understand asking for some disciplinary action toward the refs; asking for the game to be eliminated is just plain stupid. And I hope the idiots that made death threats to the officials are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Mark said...

My thoughts exactly.

Jeff said...

I was watching the Oklahoma-Oregon game, and that was such an obvious call that it's hard to believe the officials missed it. Really, really awful. If I rooted for Oklahoma I'd be so steamed that my Sooner Schooner would explode.