As a resident of the Northwest, and a guy who watches a lot of AFL games, I’ve been subjected to a lot of terrible refereeing. A good 80 percent of the worst refereed games I’ve seen have involved Dave Cutaia’s crew, and I’m sick of it.
When dealing with poor refereeing, I’m used to the NBA’s model, where the idea seems to be to err in favor of the team that’s losing by a considerable amount, or perhaps the home team, to try to keep the game interesting for longer. With Cutaia’s crew, however, it always seems as though they want to be part of the winning team, helping the superior squad gain even more of an advantage through horrific calls and non-calls.
Below are a few photos (and videos) of the most obvious missed calls and made-up calls. It’s obviously not a comprehensive list. Sometimes I was looking at a different part of the play through my camera. Sometimes the call they were making was based on nothing, so there’s no clear picture of what they might have been calling, such as the “hold” that erased Duane Brooks’ first return touchdown. But they are some egregious calls that I’m confident would have been made if they’d been made by the home team.
When you have a team with vast talent and experience advantages like the Rattlers have over the Thunder, it’s really just unseemly to give them more of an advantage through biased refereeing. 20 of the Rattlers’ 33 penalty yards came on the Thunder’s last possession of the game as the referees attempted to make the final ledger look a little more even.
The Rattlers do not need your help to beat the Thunders of this league. Please stop jumping in and helping the guy who is kicking the other guy on the ground.
Kyle Rowley may not notice the field tilted against him, but we do.
This crew throws more flags than all but one referee team in the league, but when it comes to the established powerhouse teams, they do all they can to protect them. If those of us in the Northwest are going to be subject to their reign of terror, at least force them upon some American Conference teams as well, so everyone can be acquainted with the terrible product they create. And let those of us in the Northwest see some games with crews that might not make the game all about themselves.