The Spectacle Blog
Paul: Yes, that "no play" offsides was equally bizarre. A couple Colts defenders jumped across and immediately pointed at a Pittsburgh lineman as the culprit who drew them offsides. Only in super slo-mo replay could one detect an ever so slight twitch by that lineman beforehand. But to the normal eye it sure appeared that the Colts culprits were simply trying to provoke a call against Pittsburgh -- an easier way to get a team to lose yardage than stopping them on fourth and inches. Unable to decide what happened, the referees pretended nothing had. As head referee, Morelli deserves the blame here too. The final call was his, ultimately. You can safely say he calls them as he sees or doesn't see them!
I'll be on this evening (about 5 pm EST) with John to talk about Iran and the coming UN kabuki dance on sanctions. Hope you can catch it.
Wlady: Didn’t that same game also involve a bizarre ruling from the officials where they called a “no play” after what was clearly an off-sides on either Indy or
Do I think that the CSA regulations at issue in Oregon are unconstitutional under the Commerce clause? Yes, I do, and I bet that Justice Thomas would agree. But Thomas didn't concur in the judgment on those grounds -- and rightly so. Bill Ardolino reminds me that I wrote about this in a comment I left on INDCJournal in October:
Here's someone I bet you never see again referring an important NFL playoff game. Pete Morelli was the genius last Sunday who on review reversed an unmistakeable interception by Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu, giving the Indianapolis Colts undeserved new life late in a game they otherwise would have lost right there.
But never fear -- Morelli has all the makings of a Democratic appointee to a federal court. The founding fathers of the NFL's challenge procedures, not to mention common law, established that no call can be overturned without "indisputable visual evidence" that the initial call was incorrect. So what did Morelli do? He not only ignored that basic understanding and common practice, but wrote new law out of whole cloth, claiming Polamalu failed to intercept if his knee remained on the ground when he subsequently fumbled after having clearly caught the ball.
Too bad for Morelli that the NFL's Supremes promptly overruled him on Monday. Would that Antonin Scalia had their clout.
Dave: I think it'd be best to wait until tomorrow, when I'll have a column on the case posted, to get into that.
I'll be debating Alan and Michael Ratner of the "Center for Constitutional Liberty" (Harrumph!) on the latest exercise of the usual suspects. The ACLU, CAIR, Greenpeace and others filed suit to stop the NSA intel gathering op authorized by the president.
I'm predicting that at least half of the plaintiffs in these lawsuits will be dismissed because they lack legal standing to sue. Moreover, the laws the plaintiffs cite doesn't say what they contend. This is a case I wish I could argue for the government.
"I have sometimes wish'd it had been my destiny to have been born two or three centuries hence," wrote Benjamin Franklin at the close of his life, near 1790, "for inventions of improvement are prolific, and beget more of their kind. The present progress is rapid. Many of great importance, now unthought of, will before that period be procured."