It is going to be a long football season if guys like Craig Ochoa are in charge of reffing football games. I bet that Ochoa is a great guy but he seems to be in over his head. During a preseason game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta challenged a call. Ochoa looked it over, got the call ready to announce, and said Arizona would not be charged a timeout. Wait, what?
Not exactly the way that you want to be known. He also had the call screwed up, which makes matters worse. I am not posting about this to make fun of Craig Ochoa or anything like that. The guy is probably a good ref at his level of football that he is used to. The pros are a completely different animal and it looks like a lot of these guys are in over their heads.
Pundits are afraid for player safety, players are upset with bad calls, and fans are just frustrated. I was going to give the guys the benefit of the doubt until I started watching some games. The calls are simply bad. They are not missed calls, they are just flat out wrong and awful calls. Holdings are missed, weird calls pop up and there is no rhyme or reason.
There will be a lot of refs that screw up but Craig Ochoa has the worst of the bunch right now. He is going to become Internet famous and that might not be a good thing. People will dwell on his mistakes more than his successes and this is a pretty bad mistake. Missing a call is not awful but you should know who is playing in the game that you are working.