Now, I know that games are rarely won or lost by the officiating, but in yesterday's game I think a blown call really cost the Bears a chance at winning against Minnesota.
When the Bears scored in the 4th quarter to make it a 20-15 game, they went for the two-point conversion. A Minnesota player was clearly in the backfield when the ball was snapped, yet no official threw a flag. I mean it was so obvious that Fox had the little penalty flag graphic flashing shortly after the play started. Had the officials gotten it right, the Bears would have had another chance at two points, and with the offense clicking like it was, they had a good chance of making it.
Now they could have still lost the game. They did plenty of other things wrong in the final minutes of the game. But I have to think the players might have been in a different mindset if they had been successful on the two-point conversion.
Oh well, at least there's next week against the Philadelphia Eagles for the Bears to . . . ah hell, who am I kidding. McNabb and the Eagles are going to shred the Bears injured secondary. It's going to be a slaughter.
At least we've still got the Irish. It was like watching an entirely different team on Saturday. They embarrassed the Washington Huskies 38-3. The Irish was clicking on all cylinders. The offense was hot and the defense was stifling. I always enjoy watching football, but it's particularly fun when you team is dominating like the Irish did over the Huskies. Sure the Irish had a weak second half, but after putting up the huge numbers that they did in the first half, it was probably hard to keep the intensity level up. Not to say they shouldn't. They should. And they'll definitely have to if they want to beat a very good Purdue team when it comes to South Bend this Saturday.
If the Irish can keep up their winning ways, it would make the season closer against USC on November 27th a great game. Let's hope WIllingham can keep the boys focused and pull together an exciting season.