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Officials Stay Cool Even When Players Don't


Officials have one of the most thankless jobs in sports. They don't exactly find bundles of fan mail on their doorstep for making the right call, but when they get one wrong, boy do they ever hear about it. Just ask Ed Hochuli.

Seattle Seahawks fans, for instance, are still steaming over the role they say officiating played in their loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XL.

More often than not, officials have nothing to do with the outcome, and in many instances, they are the most sensible people on the field. Take Sunday's game between the Giants and Redskins.

During the second quarter, Washington wide receiver Santana Moss and New York cornerback Corey Webster began shoving one another. The play was over, but Moss and Webster continued their disagreement after the whistle.

Soon that pushing turned more serious, as the players exchanged blows to the head. Moss had his helmet knocked off during the skirmish, and they had to be separated in the end zone after Webster wrestled Moss to the ground.

Officials issued unsportsmanlike conduct infractions and could have called the players for more severe penalties, but they did right by not doing so. This wasn't a case of premeditated brawling, and both players moved on soon after with no ill will.

"It wasn't nothing personal. It was just that particular play," Moss said.

Even though both players lost their composure, officials kept theirs, and they are to be commended for it.

By Gene Wang  |  September 14, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  | Category:  New York Giants , Refs , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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