Cleveland's Kicker Phil Dawson Is A Magician

Sunday, November 18, 2007

In all my years on this Earth I have never seen anything like this kick from Phil Dawson. Matt Stover had kicked a FG with 20 seconds left in the game completing the Ravens amazing comeback, and then...I don't have words...just watch....

Josh Cribbs set the Browns up with a great return, Anderson hit Braylon Edwards, and then Phil Dawson kicks the wackiest FG I've ever seen. I honestly thought you couldn't review a kick, and it doesn't appear that they "technically" looked at it, but it's sketchy that the ref got on the headphones. Not sure who he talked to, but if I were the Ravens I'd be a little upset about this one.

Of course Cleveland went on to win it after the game went into OT.

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:58 PM


Well, it DID go through. The Ravens probably feel a bit cheated, but the fact of the matter is that it would've been a huge loss, complete with a horrible call, for Cleveland if they hadn't changed the call.

Bodjo said...
Nov 18, 2007, 6:43:00 PM  

I don't know what is more shocking: The Ravens were about to score 30 points and still lose or the Browns are currently third in points scored (Even ahead of the Colts)

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2007, 6:44:00 PM  

Good point nhz. Either way it was ridiculous because the refs were looking right at the post.

Nov 18, 2007, 6:44:00 PM  

if kicks arent reviewable they certainly should be. ive always wanted to see a kick go high enough over the posts that theyd blow a call, this is the closest thing to that ive seen. theres absolutely no reason kicks shouldnt be reviewable

BackBergtt said...
Nov 18, 2007, 7:32:00 PM  

I can't believe they got it wrong in the first place. There was a lot of shoddy ref play in this game, but that fiasco takes the cake

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2007, 7:34:00 PM  

Maybe they need to stick the whole crew back there - or have a ref sit on the back of the goalpost.

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2007, 8:11:00 PM  

The guys on CBS said it was reviewable because the ball "touched something". That's a new one on me, however, I'm no expert. How'd you like to look that up for us?

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2007, 8:19:00 PM  

it's still not as funny as the michigan state game many years ago when the receiver ran into the goal posts and they fell over.

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2007, 8:22:00 PM  

It's possible that they were asking someone upstairs if the back part of the goal post is considered part of the playing field in a sense. To which someone probably said " I think..maybe. I guess."
Either way, a wacky end.

lostinube said...
Nov 18, 2007, 9:53:00 PM  

It was nor reviwable, but I will bet the Competition commitee will make this reviewable in the offseason

Anonymous said...
Nov 18, 2007, 10:01:00 PM  

If the Ravens feel cheated, then too bad. The call was right in the end, and that's all that matters.

What would have been a shame is if the kick was ruled no good when everyone watching knew otherwise. The rule that field goals can't be reviewed was just exposed as a bad rule. Luckily, it didn't hurt the Browns.

For the record, I am an Eagles fans, and don't give one whit about Cleveland. But, what's right is right.

Brian said...
Nov 18, 2007, 10:14:00 PM  

Hey awful...there has been a case wher the refs blew a FG call with the ball going way over the uprights...

1986 -- Rich Karlis in OT in the AFC Championship game vs. the Browns...Karlis has even admited the kick was no good...but says he wasn't going to tell the refs.

Anonymous said...
Nov 19, 2007, 8:14:00 AM  

is there anything funnier than a bunch of refs huddled together looking totally clueless? like the teacher just asked for their homework and they all collectivly go: "what homework?"...for the record I am a browns fan and any ravens fans that feel 'cheated' should go take a cold bath in that stanky bay that stinks up your whole about don't steal our team and then speak up. how does it feel to be in the basement? oh, and Art is never getting into canton.

Anonymous said...
Nov 19, 2007, 9:40:00 AM  

I never heard that about Karlis admitting he missed it...which makes that entire game hurt even more...damn you John Elway!

But back to this game, if you watch the official on the left post doesn't make a signal. The official on the right post says no good but the one on the left doesn't look as sure. He's the one that brought this up to the head ref that started the whole process. He didn't look into the video replay but did ask the officials in the booth if it was reviewable. After he was told the booth couldn't help make the call, he talked with the other officials on the field and once he found where the ball hit, thats when he ruled the field goal good.

I think people are going to look and talk about this as if it was a reviewed play, but it was no different than an umpire huddle in baseball. They just talked about a very close, wacky play that was pretty ginormous in the game. Importantly, they got the call right, and if your a browns fan, its a small victory in the karmic battle of football.

Mez said...
Nov 19, 2007, 12:20:00 PM  

As this is a blog about "awful announcing", how about AA calls out the ABORTION that is Solomn Wilcots, and specifically, his performance providing commentary during this incident.

Wilcotts reversed himself 3 times in the 5-10 mins after the kick, and uttered something to effect of "its all about where the ball comes to a rest after the kick...". Nod to Shannof: Dumbest. Comment. Ever.

Anonymous said...
Nov 19, 2007, 1:09:00 PM  

What's really interesting to me is that the reviewing technology was suddenly working again, but when the Ravens tried to challenge a call earlier the refs blew it off and said there was a "system malfunction." Mighty convenient...

Jen Gaffney said...
Nov 19, 2007, 1:31:00 PM  

nice comment jen, you are wrong on so many levels i'm thinking about sending your post in:
-they didn't 'blow off' the baltimore challenge, the system wasn't working, i doubt the best ref in the nfl would just say, "hey they want to review this play, we could, but fuck'em, its getting cold and i'm ready for my halftime cup of tea"
-also, they didn't review the field goal, the ref on the left upright saw what happened, if the idiot on the right would have done his job and looked at his partner, they might have gotten it right on the first try, but instead the one who saw what happened had to go tell someone with a brain.
-you are a ravens fan, which means you root for a stolen team...its like stealing a piece of art and then telling everyone you painted it...then when it is defaced by the artist getting upset. its not your painting, its in your city, but your city smells. literally.

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