The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists this as one of it's definitions for objectivity:
3 a : expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations.
With that said, the officiating in our beloved conference has been subpar, as has the reaction to such by league officials.
Here's a list of the calls in question:
1.excessive celebration, Georgia/LSU
2.offensive pass interference no call, Florida/LSU
3.pass interference, personal foul, offensive pass interference no call, Florida/Arkansas
4.fumble into the endzone, Florida/MSU
5.removal of helmet on blocked field goal, Alabama/Tenn.
These are the six biggies that have the conspiracy theorist foaming at the mouth. I myself have took the black helicopter for a spin.
It hurts me because I love this conference, and I love this sport. I call out our conference because I believe it is the best, and I want it to be percieved in a positive light.
It also hurts me that for any good argument to be made for a better conference and perception comes from a united front.
This is where the aforementioned objectivity is so important.
As an Alabama fan living in the Tuscaloosa area, I have a pretty good starting point on where our fans opinions fall on a certain subject. Add in talk radio, and the numerous sports websites that I frequent, and you get much more than just a microcosm of the Bama nation.
Weeks ago, the Bama faithful had no problem piling on the striped shirts when the oh so hated Gators and Bengal Tigers were involved. Aluminum foil flew of the shelves as we fashioned headgear, and saw the black helis circling the SEC offices in Birmingham.
It was a disgrace we said, a black eye for our Gator loving league, and we were right. It was.
Where some of us have went wrong is the fact that we lost our objectivity when our beloved became the target.
Bama fans cited every rule from 1a to 296c to explain the fact that it wasn't an interception. We have also pointed out the 9 offensive yards the Tigers had in the fourth quarter, as the reason they wouldn't have scored anyway.
The sad fact is that we'll never know. Bama was only ahead by six, so the drive would have been meaningful. And yes, it looked like an interception to me.
Do I believe LSU would have drove 69 yards for the score? No.
Would I have liked to have seen them have the chance? Yes.
That's the sole reason that bad officiating drives me crazy! Let the game be settled on the field between the two teams. That's where we've been failed as fans.
Who should be upset here? All the teams involved.
Arkansas, MSU, LSU, and UGA are left with what ifs.
Alabama and Florida are left with dark clouds over there spotless records.
Bottom line is that it's not fair for any of them.
So, if you believe it's the conference protecting the elite, by all means continue to do so.
If it's your opinion that it's just poor officiating. That's good too.
Whatever your reason, let's gripe about it until it's fixed, no matter what color glasses you like to wear.