If you’re like me, you probably can tell that a column in the Kansas City Star with the headline “Bad call spoils all the good for the Chiefs” was probably written by none other than crap columnist Jason Whitlock.
Whitlock, who has made a career out of fighting The Man (and apologizing for Jeff George), finds it impossible to just acknowledge the obvious reasons for something. There has to be an ulterior motive, a smoking gun, a man behind the curtain.
It couldn’t be that Tony Gonzalez actually pushed off on his fourth-quarter reception against the Bucs on Sunday. Nah, that wouldn’t give him the chance to fight authority by declaring that “the ref,” Bill Schmitz, “stole” the game for Tampa Bay (Schmitz must have had a hand in Kansas City blowing a 24-3 lead, too, I guess).
Schmitz, the Back Judge (not the Referee) made the call on a 20-yard reception by Gonzalez with just over two minutes left in a game that Kansas City led 27-19 (but would lose 30-27 in overtime). There’s a push, there’s separation…sorry, Jason, that’s offensive pass interference. Today, tomorrow, in the Super Bowl and in the preseason.
There were seven penalties on each side on Sunday. The Chiefs got three first downs via penalty, the Bucs one. Gonzalez and Ronde Barber tangled up onÂ a pass in the first quarter, the call went against Barber and the Chiefs scored a touchdown two plays later. I guess that was a great call.
Yes, my team won. Yes, I’m an official in my spare time. But if there’s a blown call, I’ll acknowledge it.
This wasn’t a blown call. And Whitlock may even realize that. But one rarely gets popular as a columnist by writing the truth as he or she sees it. Sometimes you get popular by rallying the villagers with pitchforks and appealing to fans’ persecution complexes.