Dez Bryant caught that fourth-down pass against the Green Bay Packers. That’s what the naked eye tells you. That’s what the multitudinous replays show. It was ruled a catch on the field. The Packers challenged the ruling. In order for a ruling on the field to be overturned, there must be conclusive, indisputable evidence that the call was wrong. There is nothing conclusive or indisputable in the evidence to warrant overturning the call on the field.
But they did. And Mike Pereira, the former NFL official and Fox anal
yst, has consistently toed the company line and had his official buddies’ back on the call reversal.
In a series of recent tweets, Pereira the Pariah continued to defend his position. Here’s one of those tweets:
Dez Bryant play..rule rewritten. New word like "initial" contact with ground. Football move is gone. Bottom line its clearly incomplete
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) July 23, 2015
Cowboys party bus reveler (training camp 2014) and head of NFL officials Dean Blandino visited the Cowboys during the off-season. He was (allegedly) there to clear the air on the Dez catch. I have no idea how much Johnny Walker Blue was involved, but apparently the velvet tones of the persuasive party fool were enough to pull Cowboys VP Stephen Jones to the dark side. This according to foxsports.com:
NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino visited the Cowboys front office and coaching staff over the offseason, and now Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones sees Dez Bryant’s apparent catch vs. theGreen Bay Packers in last winter’s NFL playoffs differently.
“You know, as it turns out, according to the rule, I think the call was correct,” Jones said Tuesday at the grand opening of the Dallas Cowboys Club at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
It is all water under the bridge now and holding their ground on the catch being a catch will gain them nothing, so the Cowboys appear to be ready to let bygones be bygones and get the officials’ back. It makes sense. There will be controversial calls in the future. No sense giving the pinstripes any reason to have their vision blurred by hurt feelings over past injustices.
I don’t care if Stephen Jones says it was not a catch. I don’t care if Mike Pereira says it was not a catch.
Dez caught it.
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