For Heyward-Bey, Catch or No Catch?
Reporters had an interesting discussion with Ralph Friedgen last night about officials. Friedgen did not say anything inflammatory, but I’d prefer to keep most of the conversation private. I did ask Friedgen what he thought about Darrius Heyward-Bey’s near catch in the end zone in the final minute of the North Carolina State game, a play that could have been the game-winning score. Friedgen is admittedly a little biased about this, but he said he thought the defender pried the ball out of DHB’s hands a split second after DHB grabbed the ball and fell to his back in the end zone. I agree with this, though it was mighty close. So close that Friedgen and I both agreed that, whatever the call on the field, it likely would not have been overturned because there wasn't conclusive evidence in either direction. During the game, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the on-the-field call had gone either way. But I would have been a little surprised if the officials would have overturned the on-the-field call because I didn’t feel there was overwhelming evidence to do so. Wondering what you think.
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