What Did Ed Hochuli's Crew Screw Up on Sunday Night Football?

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIDecember 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:  NFL referee, Ed Hochuli #85 at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It’s been said that if you don’t notice the referees of a sporting event, then they’re doing their job well. During the Week 15 Sunday Night Football contest between the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots, ending in a 41-34 49ers win, we noticed the referees.

A referee, a lawyer and his biceps walk into a bar....#Hochuli

— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) December 17, 2012

Referee Ed Hochuli addressed a crowd of thousands—and audience of millions—in a manner that a lot of us would have in his position by fumbling his words more awkwardly than a certain 49ers kick returner did with the football last postseason. The strange thing is that he’s done this many, many times before. It's surprising that his statements seemed so uncomfortable.

He left his audience unsatisfied and confused following his explanation of penalties on a special-teams play, which prompted some responses on Twitter:

Anybody know where "down there" is on a football field? Mid field, end zone, maybe sideline. 1st and 10 from down there San Fran! Bozo

— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) December 17, 2012

What he probably meant to say was: “What was that, sir? We didn’t quite understand you.”

Replacement referees are watching and saying "Hmm."

— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) December 17, 2012

Nobody wants to see the replacement referees back in uniform for various reasons, one of which is certainly the length of time that they added to games that they officiated. At least these guys seem to have gotten the correct result of the process, though—which is more than what we can say for the replacement refs.

The ball was downed at the 31. Should be penalized from there.That was a mess but as bad as it was they did it right at the end.

— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 17, 2012

Everyone’s favorite referee (probably because he isn’t on the field anymore), Mike Pereira, may have best summed up what a lot of us were thinking.

To be honest, they are all screwed up here. Not pretty at all.

— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 17, 2012

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