Officiating: Slive Has Sold the SEC's Soul
The officials are but humans they will say, humans prone to error. Divinity post not here, forgiveness is not forthcoming. The SEC must be called to account.
Orin Hatch has wasted much time calling for hearings against the Bowl Championship Series and its flawed methods of determining a champion, or handing out fat paydays, depending on your perspective. This, this mar upon the game of which the SEC has caused, is of far more importance than the BCS, for the legitimacy of those 60 minutes of actual on-field competition are now in question.
Surely the money that bought Mike Slive's soul is substantial enough to warrant inquiry. Surely the larceny that took place in Gainesville, FL, Saturday night before millions is worthy of some intervention, some investigation.
We must know, is it a solitaire SEC officiating crew, or is it all of them? One cannot assume the cause is merely a single rogue official with a gambling or drug problem, even though a sole official and his flag have been central to the outcome of two high profile, closely contested SEC battles.
As evidenced by the repeated blatant misjudgments enforced by this officiating crew, the problem must be systemic.
The game is no longer played for you, the SEC fan. Nor is the outcome meant to be decided by the players and coaches involved. We have come to the point where SEC football games are decided in advance.
Ensuring the placement of two SEC teams in BCS bowl games now trumps the very essence of fair competition. The tools of fairness, the referees, have been misappropriated to the goals of conference greed.
Perhaps the administration at Arkansas has signed on to this, for they will surely benefit when the SEC splits the money later next year. If that is the case, it doesn't honesty compel them to inform their team they are not "allowed" to beat the SEC's chosen team.
Are you going to stand for this, SEC fan? Are you going to allow Mike Slive to impose his will on the outcome of football games?
What can we do about it? We can identify these mercenaries Slive sends to slay our beloved game. We can effect their livelihoods in the same manner the effect the team that was not "chosen".
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