Cognitive Dissonance

Maybe the most inspirational part of this crazy outcome is seeing the outpouring of support from fans of every team, posting at Acme Packing Company. There is a landslide consensus that the "simultaneous possession" ruling was wrong. I think even among Seahawk fans there's a landslide consensus that it's wrong.

I strongly empathize with them.

I'm not yet able to be convinced. But nor am I certain. Undeniably, Jennings put the ball in position to "secure control" before Tate did. The eventual simultaneous possession began to occur on the ground.

Simultaneous Catch. If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players
retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an
opponent subsequently gains joint control.

A catch is defined as Article 3 Completed or Intercepted Pass. A player who makes a catch may advance the ball. A forward
pass is complete (by the offense) or intercepted (by the defense) if a player, who is inbounds:
a) secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground; and
b) touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands; and
c) maintains control of the ball long enough, after a) and b) have been fulfilled, to enable him to
perform any act common to the game (i.e., maintaining control long enough to pitch it, pass it,
advance with it, or avoid or ward off an opponent, etc.).

Note 1: It is not necessary that he commit such an act, provided that he maintains control of the ball long
enough to do so.
Note 2: If a player has control of the ball, a slight movement of the ball will not be considered a loss of
possession. He must lose control of the ball in order to rule that there has been a loss of possession.
If the player loses the ball while simultaneously touching both feet or any part of his body other than his hands
to the ground, or if there is any doubt that the acts were simultaneous, it is not a catch.

But I don't know the definition of "control" in this context. If, say, the actions of these players occurred in the middle of the field, with plenty of time on the clock, would Jennings' actions have resulted in an interception? I don't think so, because "control" and "possession" seem to be distinct concepts, here. We've seen acrobatic receptions by receivers that constitute plenty of slow motion review, and as football fans we're familiar with the notion of "control" of the ball a requisite factor, along with feet being in bounds, etc., resulting in a completion, and, subsequently, possession.

But I'm not terribly certain about that.

Should the officials have attempted to determine possession and/or an incomplete, defended pass, before the simultaneous possession manifested? It's surely understandable that that might not have been definitively apparent immediately. By reviewing the play, should they have? I would support that, if I learned that by definition Jennings secured control of the ball prior to Tate subsequently gaining joint control, rendering it not a simultaneous catch.

But then we have the complicating factor of replay. Which is supposed to only overturn a ruling on the field if replay leaves no doubt.

This raises a question: does there have to be a ruling on the field? I believe by rule there does. But I ask, rationally, does there need to be? If the play were just simply so inconclusive, and the entire squad of officials were uncertain, should they just rule the play uncertain, and leave it up to review to determine a ruling? It would enable the officials to call it as they see it, albeit retrospectively, rather than make an initial ruling that is supposed to stand if replay is not thoroughly conclusive.

Cognitive dissonance.

I would love to be the fan that takes the high road. To demonstrate an unbiased and objective judgment. This is definitely a ripe opportunity for that, and certainly no one would fault me.

I want to be convinced, or at least be more certain in disagreeing with the consensus. But I can't.

At any rate, I'm going to go and join that boycott, now. If I had any discipline, I'd have missed this game. This may indeed be the straw, for many fans. For me it wasn't the epidemic of intrusive miscalls; it was the three officiating integrity issues that surfaced after two weeks of play. Perpetrated by the NFL, accomplice, for the sake of approximately 0.03% of their current annual revenue, which has demonstrated a remarkably strong growth trend.

I have purchased four jerseys, three hats, and 5 shirts, for me & my family, in the past year. I don't know what has come over me, to spend that kind of money. I've purchased Game Rewind. I'm not a frequent game attender, but a constant game viewer, not just of Seahawks games, but many other games. And of course I've been a constant fixture on multiple NFL websites, throughout the year.

Boycotting the NFL means no clicks and no views, to the cottage industry, either, for me. BrianL put it best, when he said he wouldn't presume to tell anyone else how to feel about this game. I'm not telling anyone else what to do with their fandom. Certainly boycotts are rarely anything but trivial and inconsequential, especially at this scale, and only matters if the volume is there to back it up. But I won't tell anyone else what to do.

I'm just telling the people who I have grown to love despite never meeting any of you in person, so long. I don't know how long this will go on, but I'm not even certain that the end of the lockout will bring me back. We will just have to see. I hope y'all have a hell of a season without me.

#boycott #nfl :'(

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.

Join Field Gulls

You must be a member of Field Gulls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Field Gulls. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.