Jul 242015

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 analyst, 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:

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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Gene Strother (414 Posts)

Gene has been an avid Dallas Cowboys fan for nearly five decades, which amounts to just about his entire life. The only time he was not a Cowboys fan was that brief period at the beginning of his life, when he didn't have all his baby teeth and could not yet say "Cowboys." As soon as quit slobbering, he started hollering, "Go Cowboys!"

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